Nowitzki had maintained a grip on third place until this final week. Perhaps his surprisingly sluggish start to the season is why, or maybe Spanish voters stuffed the ballot box. Whichever, Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers surpassed Nowitzki for third by a mere 1,918 votes.
Remarkably, both 7-footers beat out fifth-place vote-getter Kevin Love, whose 25-point, 14-rebound average makes him a lock to make the team as a reserve.
Coaches vote for seven reserves in their respective conferences. It will be interesting to see if either Gasol or Nowitzki makes the team. If Nowitzki is left off, a real possibility considering the season he's having and a lively crop of forwards to choose from, it would end his 10-year All-Star run. Reserves will be announced next Thursday night.