The NBA has announced the final results of the All-Star voting process. Stephen Curry led all players in voting, overtaking LeBron James at the last minute, while Anthony Davis finished third. Tim Duncan was the Spur with the most votes, finishing fourth among Western Conference frontcourt players and narrowly missing the cut as a starter. Kawhi Leonard was 10th among forwards and centers.
Here are the lineups for each conference:
John Wall (Washington Wizards)
Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks)
Pau Gasol (Chicago Bulls)
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Lakers)
Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies)
It's hard to make a case for Duncan over any of the starting frontcourt players, especially since Tim's game is not well-suited for a high pace, no-defense exhibition. Davis and Griffin are high-flyers with sterling numbers and Marc Gasol is having a career year as a scorer. Duncan's scoring, on the other hand, is down along with his field goal percentage. It would have been nice to see Tim get the fans' recognition in the form of a starting spot but we can't blame the public for picking the players they selected.
Unfortunately, without getting the popular vote, it might be hard for Duncan to make the team at all. Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge seem like shoo-ins to get voted in, provided the coaches look past the injury-related absences for the Thunder stars. That leaves two spots to be divided up between Duncan, Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins, Dirk Nowitzki, Klay Thompson and Dwight Howard. With the Spurs ranking seventh in the standings, Duncan's case is not particularly strong. Bryant's injury opens the door but it seems like a long shot.
Stranger things have happened, however, and Duncan surely has the respect of the coaches thanks to doing all the little things that don't show up on a stat sheet. This could also be his last season in the league -- although his performance so far suggest it probably shouldn't be -- so Duncan might get in as an emotional pick. I'm sure Duncan wouldn't mind spending the weekend with his kids instead of going to New York but it would be nice to see him featured among the elite once more.
The All-Star game will be held on Sunday, Feb. 15 in Madison Square Garden. TNT will televise and the broadcast starts at 7.30 p.m. CST.