LeBron James edges Stephen Curry in first returns of NBA All-Star Balloting 2015

NEW YORK – LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and John Wall of the Washington Wizards top the Eastern Conference, while Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans lead the Western Conference after the first returns of NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 presented by Sprint.  James, in his first season back with the Cavaliers, is the overall leader with 552,967 votes, while Curry is second with 549,095 votes.

The 64th NBA All-Star Game will tip off Sunday, Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  The game will be seen by fans in 215 countries and territories and will be heard in 47 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 13th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 30th year of NBA All-Star coverage.

James, the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (265,170) and the Chicago Bulls’ Pau Gasol (247,953) pace the Eastern Conference’s frontcourt players.  Wall (299,209) is the East’s leading vote-getter in the backcourt, followed by the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (265,917).

Curry, whose stellar play has led Golden State (23-4) to the league’s best record, is currently joined in the West backcourt by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (521,542). Davis (524,623), the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin (307,908) and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol (227,554) lead all Western Conference frontcourt players.

NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 presented by Sprint gives fans around the world the opportunity to vote for their favorite players to start in the All-Star Game 2015 and, for the first time ever,  the official NBA All-Star Ballot presented by Sprint includes all current NBA players.  Fans continue to select two guards and three frontcourt players.

As part of the NBA’s all-digital program, fans can vote on NBA.com; through social media networks including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblog; via SMS text, and the NBA Game Time and using the NBA Game Time from Sprint applications.

New to this year’s program is SAP, which integrates daily stats into the online ballot.  Fans can sort players on the NBA Ballot by their current stats from NBA.com/stats powered by SAP HANA.  SAP also hosts a new feature on NBA.com/stats called the SAP NBA All-Star 2015 Game Predictor.  After fans vote, they’re able to see how the East and West starters they picked would match up.  The game predictor compares player statistics and computes a game score based on the fan’s picks.

How to vote:

  • The NBA.com ballot is available in 11 languages on NBA.com/asb.  Voters can fill out one full ballot per day on NBA.com/asb from a desktop or mobile browser.
  • Twitter voting allows fans to tweet a vote for 10 unique players each day throughout the All-Star balloting period.  The tweet, retweet, or reply must include the player’s first and last name, along with hash tag #NBABallot.
  • Facebook voting allows fans to post a status from their personal Facebook accounts.  The posts must include the player’s first and last name, along with hash tag #NBABallot.  Fans can post votes for 10 unique players per day.
  • Fans can use Instagram to vote by posting an original photo, using #NBABallot and the player’s first and last name in the photo caption.  Fans can vote for 10 unique players per day.
  • Fans voting via SMS can text the player’s last name to 6-9-6-2-2 (“MYNBA”) on any wireless device.  Fans can vote for 10 different players per day, per phone number, via SMS voting by sending 10 separate SMS messages, each one with a different player’s last name. Message and data rates may apply.
  • NBA fans can also access the ballot and vote through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint applications, available on Android and iOS.  Fans can fill out one full ballot per day.

Balloting concludes on Monday, Jan. 19.  Starters will be announced live on TNT on Thursday, Jan. 22, during a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.com at 7 p.m. ET, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kenny Smith. The special will air prior to TNT’s exclusive doubleheader featuring the San Antonio Spurs at the Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. ET) and the Brooklyn Nets at the Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET).

NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. The All-Star Game will air on TNT for the 13th consecutive year, as will the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 13 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 14. The BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge and State Farm All-Star Saturday night will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Other events at Barclays Center include the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA Development League Dream Factory presented by Boost Mobile on Sunday, Feb. 15, airing on NBA TV. Madison Square Garden will host Friday night’s ESPN-televised Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.




Eastern Conference


1 LeBron James (Cle) 552,967
2 Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 265,170
3 Pau Gasol (Chi) 247,953
4 Chris Bosh (Mia) 208,549
5 Kevin Love (Cle) 169,818
6 Joakim Noah (Chi) 69,994
7 Marcin Gortat (Was) 57,715
8 Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 52,318
9 Kevin Garnett (BKN) 46,494
10 Al Jefferson (Cha) 43,230
11 Paul Pierce (Was) 35,197
12 Nikola Vucevic (Orl) 33,296
13 Paul Millsap (Atl) 21,545
14 Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 20,602
15 Andre Drummond (Det) 19,128


1 John Wall (Was) 299,209
2 Dwyane Wade (Mia) 265,917
3 Kyrie Irving (Cle) 237,356
4 Kyle Lowry (Tor) 182,896
5 Derrick Rose (Chi) 105,465
6 Jimmy Butler (Chi) 99,984
7 DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 51,946
8 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 17,512
9 Louis Williams (Tor) 15,329
10 Bradley Beal (Was) 13,911



Western Conference


1 Anthony Davis (NO) 524,623
2 Blake Griffin (LAC) 307,908
3 Marc Gasol (Mem) 227,554
4 Tim Duncan (SA) 198,649
5 Kevin Durant (OKC) 191,881
6 LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 152,253
7 DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 117,003
8 Dwight Howard (Hou) 104,699
9 Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 100,015
10 Kawhi Leonard (SA) 74,501
11 Rudy Gay (Sac) 51,873
12 DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 43,051
13 Nick Young (LAL) 32,050
14 Tyson Chandler (Dal) 31,659
15 Zach Randolph (Mem) 30.147


1 Stephen Curry (GS) 549,095
2 Kobe Bryant (LAL) 521,542
3 James Harden (Hou) 336,998
4 Chris Paul (LAC) 257,528
5 Rajon Rondo (Dal) 107,366
6 Klay Thompson (GS) 90,957
7 Russell Westbrook (OKC) 84,686
8 Damian Lillard (Por) 82,884
9 Jeremy Lin (LAL) 77,276
10 Tony Parker (SA) 50,287