On Thursday, the NBA released the first set of ballot results for the 2013 All-Star Game.
Fourteen-time All-Star Kobe Bryant led the Western Conference in votes with 639,419 votes, second overall to just the Miami Heat's LeBron James with 641,348.
Instead of the traditional categories of guard, forward and center, the ballot was adjusted this year into "frontcourt" and "backcourt." Leading in the initial votes in the West, behind Bryant, were Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (605,965 votes), Lakers center Dwight Howard (434,168), Clippers guard Chris Paul (363,603) and Clippers forward Blake Griffin (307,855).
The top vote-getters in the Eastern Conference, after James, were New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (573,112), Miami's Dwyane Wade (430,925), Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo (382,613) and Celtics center/forward Kevin Garnett (218,246).