The NBA released the second round of All-Star voting returns on Thursday, and the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are still both in position to possibly send two starters each to the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando.
Kobe Bryant leads all Western Conference players in votes, capturing 1,110,379 votes thus far. Bryant trails only Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, in line to start at center for the Eastern Conference with 1,161,797 votes. Chris Paul of the Clippers is second among western guards with 835,026 votes, with a huge lead over the third place guard Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves, with 248,423 votes.
Andrew Bynum leads all Western Conference centers with 777,365 votes, holding a large lead over DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers at 214,883 votes. Blake Griffin continues to hold onto the second forward spot in the west, with 619,913 votes so far, with Dirk Nowitzki (354,434 votes) and Pau Gasol (327,596 votes) a fair amount behind.
The last Clippers player to start an All-Star Game was World B. Free, who started as a San Diego Clipper in the 1980 game.
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder leads all Western Conference forwards with 973,152 votes. All-Star voting will continue through January 31, with starters announced on February 2 on TNT. The NBA All-Star Game will be held on February 26, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.