Utah Jazz: Deron Williams trailing 4 guards on All-Star ballot
NEW ORLEANS — Paul Millsap isn't the only Utah Jazz player who's getting snubbed when it comes to the All-Star Game ballot.
While Millsap did not even make the candidates list for starters, Deron Williams is the only Jazz representative who received enough votes to be listed among the leaders after the first tabulation was released by the NBA on Thursday.
And though he's playing like an MVP candidate, Williams has nowhere near enough votes to crack the starting lineup. The point guard currently ranks fifth in voting for Western Conference guards with 184,148 votes. That puts him well behind the top two guards, Kobe Bryant (722,682) and Chris Paul (386,649). Williams also trails Manu Ginobili (230,137) and Steve Nash (190,226).
All of which means D-Will will either need a huge rally to be voted in as a starter or he'll need to receive the coaches' nod again to become an All-Star reserve.
Though they're on the ballot, Jazz forwards Andrei Kirilenko and Al Jefferson and center Mehmet Okur have not received enough votes to make the released top 10 for their positions.
The leading forwards currently are Kevin Durant (470,881) and Pau Gasol (390,808), while Yao Ming (430,984) is the top vote-getter among the centers out West.
Leaders in the East include Dwight Howard (611,561), LeBron James (607,994), Kevin Garnett (456,111), Dwyane Wade (570,489) and Rajon Rondo (497,141).
Paper balloting for the 2011 All-Star game concludes Jan. 17, while wireless balloting and NBA.com voting goes through Jan. 23.
NBA All-Star balloting
LeBron James (Miami) 607,994; Kevin Garnett (Boston) 456,111; Amar'e Stoudemire (NY) 327,626 Paul Pierce (Boston) 235,107; Chris Bosh (Miami) 161,801; Josh Smith (Atlanta) 104,713; Carlos Boozer (Chicago) 82,655; Andre Iguodala (Phila.) 71,517; Danny Granger (Ind.) 66,759; Luol Deng (Chicago) 52,398.
Dwyane Wade (Miami) 570,489; Rajon Rondo (Boston) 497,141; Derrick Rose (Chicago) 424,356; Ray Allen (Boston) 235,977; John Wall (Was.) 120,284; Vince Carter (Orlando) 117,628; Gilbert Arenas (Was.) 88,599; Brandon Jennings (Mil.) 65,705; Joe Johnson (Atl.) 46,811; Jamal Crawford (Atl.) 31,524.
Dwight Howard (Orl) 611,561; Shaquille O'Neal (Bos) 241,782; Joakim Noah (Chicago) 97,163; Andrea Bargnani (Toronto) 53,275; Al Horford (Atl.) 49,098; Andrew Bogut (Mil.) 48,298; Brook Lopez (NJ) 38,103; JaVale McGee (Was.) 36,227; Roy Hibbert (Ind.) 35,006; Ben Wallace (Detroit) 21,858.
Kevin Durant (OKC) 470,881; Pau Gasol (Lakers) 390,808; Carmelo Anthony (Denver) 369,768; Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) 264,301; Tim Duncan (SA) 247,364; Blake Griffin (Clippers) 245,167; Lamar Odom (Lakers) 134,594; Luis Scola (Hou) 119,901; Caron Butler (Dal) 96,785; Kevin Love (Min) 81,865.
Kobe Bryant (Lakers) 722,682; Chris Paul (NO) 386,649; Manu Ginobili (SA) 230,137; Steve Nash (Phx) 190,226; Deron Williams (Utah) 184,148; Jason Kidd (Dallas) 141,283; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 140,519; Eric Gordon (Clippers) 113,510; Tony Parker (SA) 103,238, Derek Fisher (Lakers) 81,088.
Yao Ming (Houston) 430,984; Andrew Bynum (Lakers) 198,044; Brendan Haywood (Dallas) 127,375; Marc Gasol (Memphis) 120,811; Emeka Okafor (NO) 115,647; Nene (Denver) 105,747; Chris Kaman (Clippers) 87,536; Marcus Camby (Portland) 57,046; DeMarcus Cousins (Sac.) 37,571; Andris Biedrins (GS) 36,655.
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