Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 12/27/12
The second returns for the All-Star game are in and it's not looking good for the San Antonio Spurs and their fan base. The Big 3 from the Spurs are behind by a large number of votes for the starting spots. The All-Star game is known for a popularity contest over being a legitimate honor for performances (like when Yao Ming kept getting voted in when he was injured). These are the second returns for the Western Conference squad for the All-Star game this season: Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (OKC) 924,898 Dwight Howard (LAL) 616,150 Blake Griffin (LAC) 489,795 Tim Duncan (SA) 299,434 Pau Gasol (LAL) 197,377 Kevin Love (Min) 189,949 Omer Asik (Hou) 131,002 Rudy Gay (Mem) 125,562 Serge Ibaka (OKC) 111,963 Marc Gasol (Mem) 99,271 Zach Randolph (Mem) 97,778 LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 97,090 Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 93,491 Metta World Peace (LAL) 85,279 Chandler Parsons (Hou) 78,235 Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 977,444 Chris Paul (LAC) 542,564 Jeremy Lin (Hou) 496,133 James Harden (Hou) 283,691 Russell Westbrook (OKC) 232,074 Steve Nash (LAL) 166,262 Tony Parker (SA) 111,032 Ricky Rubio (Min) 96,466 Stephen Curry (GS) 78,380 Manu Ginobili (SA) 70,813 Tim Duncan is in 4th place out of three starting spots for the game while Tony Parker is in 7th in a tighter race for one of the two starting guard spots. While the top 3 are certainly deserving for their spots, the two men behind Duncan can be debatable with Pau Gasol having an off year so far and Kevin Love being injured for the majority of the games played so far. On the other side of the ballot for the backcourt, Parker is behind Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul (who are having great season) but also losing out to a struggling Jeremy Lin and Steve Nash who has barely came back from a leg injury. Manu Ginobili is behind by a lot, but it makes sense with him being injured a few times this season and his numbers not being like past years. The Spurs aren't known as the most popular team in the league and, with their "team first" mentality, their players don't stand out to the media. The Spurs have a long way to go for a starting spot on the Western Conference team if they want to make it to the All-Star game in Houston.
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