In not-so-shocking news, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant were the leading vote-getters in the first round of NBA All-Star balloting. Philadelphia's Jrue Holiday was ninth in the East's backcourt voting.
The first official results on the NBA All-Star ballots came back Thursday, and the top vote-getters will probably not surprise you.
- The following are the Eastern Conference frontcourt voting results:
LeBron James (Mia) 641,348; Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 573,112; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 218,246; Chris Bosh (Mia) 210,724; Tyson Chandler (NYK) 151,744; Paul Pierce (Bos) 114,735; Joakim Noah (Chi) 73,366; Josh Smith (Atl) 69,344; Andrew Bynum (Phi) 68,596; Amar'e Stoudemire (NYK) 64,266; Shane Battier (Mia) 59,419; Anderson Varejao (Cle) 57,336; Luol Deng (Chi) 48,450; Brook Lopez (BKN) 47,940; Jeff Green (Bos) 36,080.
- Now, the backcourt results for the East:
Dwyane Wade (Mia) 430,925; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 382,613; Deron Williams (BKN) 211,426; Kyrie Irving (Cle) 155,989; Ray Allen (Mia) 130,016; Monta Ellis (Mil) 47,650; Raymond Felton (NYK) 37,974; Jason Terry (Bos) 36,147; Brandon Jennings (Mil) 35,610; Jrue Holiday (Phi) 35,193.
Holiday is having his best season as a pro for the Sixers, with career-highs in scoring (18.4 points per game), assists (8.9 per game) and rebounds (3.9 per game).
- In the Western Conference, here are the first frontcourt results:
Kevin Durant (OKC) 605,965; Dwight Howard (LAL) 434,168; Blake Griffin (LAC) 307,855; Tim Duncan (SA) 189,577; Pau Gasol (LAL) 139,868; Kevin Love (Min) 112,922; Omer Asik (Hou) 88,178; Rudy Gay (Mem) 85,279; Serge Ibaka (OKC) 68,285; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 66,290; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 63,056; Marc Gasol (Mem) 61,716; Zach Randolph (Mem) 59,916; Metta World Peace (LAL) 59,167; Anthony Davis (NO) 53,779.
- And finally, the backcourt voting results out West:
Kobe Bryant (LAL) 639,419; Chris Paul (LAC) 353,603; Jeremy Lin (Hou) 298,319; James Harden (Hou) 196,108; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 143,437; Steve Nash (LAL) 118,073; Tony Parker (SA) 69,983; Ricky Rubio (Min) 54,744; Manu Ginobili (SA) 47,800; O.J. Mayo (Dal) 36,495.
This is the first time the ballot was separated by only the frontcourt and backcourt distinctions, replacing the old two-guard, two-forward, one-center selection process that was deemed outdated for today's versatile, sometimes positionless game.
The 2013 NBA All-Star Game, with Houston as its host, takes place at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 17 in the Toyota Center.