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Thursday, December 12, 2013
All-Star 1st returns: Rondo, Green in top 10

By Chris Forsberg

The NBA unveiled the first return on balloting for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game and Boston has two players in the top 10 in Rajon Rondo (6th in Eastern Conference backcourt) and Jeff Green (8th in frontcourt).

A look at the top performers at each spot for the East:

Frontcourt
1. LeBron James (Mia) 609,336
2. Paul George (Ind) 489,335
3. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 424,211
4. Roy Hibbert (Ind) 208,369
5. Chris Bosh (Mia) 156,364
6. Kevin Garnett (Bkn) 102,825
7. Joakim Noah (Chi) 75,229
8. Jeff Green (Bos) 55,912
9. Luol Deng (Chi) 54,340
10. Tyson Chandler (NYK) 51,738
11. Andre Drummond (Det) 51,351
12. Carlos Boozer (Chi) 48,745
13. Paul Pierce (Bkn) 45,145
14. Brook Lopez (Bkn) 37,153
15. Josh Smith (Det) 32,025

Backcourt
1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 396,279
2. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 365,712
3. Derrick Rose (Chi) 272,410
4. John Wall (Was) 124,851
5. Ray Allen (Mia) 99,464
6. Rajon Rondo (Bos) 80,889
7. Deron Williams (Bkn) 44,282
8. George Hill (Ind) 42,536
9. Evan Turner (Phi) 33,605
10. Mario Chalmers (Mia) 32,996

ESPN Insiders' Tom Haberstroh makes a pitch in his early East All-Star glance today that Boston's Jordan Crawford might deserve a spot as a reserve for the East. A snippet: "Don't laugh... Crawford always has been a better passer than his reputation dictated, but no one saw this coming. Crawford has notched as many 10-assist games this season as Jose Calderon, Damian Lillard, Eric Bledsoe and George Hill combined (three). All told, Crawford owns the fourth-highest PER among East guards. Brad Stevens, miracle worker."