Lakers’ Kobe Bryant second among Western Conference guards in All-Star votes

"DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 30: Kobe Bryant (24) of the Los Angeles Lakers watches as the Denver Nuggets attempt a pair of free throws during the first quarter of action. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on Monday, December 30, 2014. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)"

“DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 30: Kobe Bryant (24) of the Los Angeles Lakers watches as the Denver Nuggets attempt a pair of free throws during the first quarter of action. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on Monday, December 30, 2014. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)”

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has maintained a steady pace in appearing to start in what will mark his 15th NBA All-Star game in New York next month, according to the second return of votes the NBA announced on Thursday.

Bryant has 694,665 votes, a tally that only trails Golden State’s Stephen Curry (755,486) in the Western Conference. Bryant has sizable cushion against Houston’s James Harden (516,514) and the Clippers’ Chris Paul (334,544). Starters will include two guards and three frontcourt players.

The NBA’s leading vote getters include Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (775,810), New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (732,154) and Curry (755,486). Davis, the Clippers’ Blake Griffin (403,415) and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol (343,587) top the Western Conference frontcourt. Chicago Bulls and former Laker Pau Gasol (372,109) and New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (365,449) lead the Eastern Conference’s frontcourt players. Washington Wizards guard John Wall (439,395) tops the East’s vote in the backcourt ahead of Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (396,757).

Fans can vote once a day through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, text message (6-9-6-2-2), the NBA’s Game Time app and the league’s Web site until balloting ends Jan. 19, 2015. Tweets for specific players must include the full name along with the hastag #NBABallot. The Eastern Conference and Western Conference starters will be announced on Jan. 22, 2015 on TNT.

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