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Thursday, December 12, 2013
All-Star votes don't reflect Brook's numbers

By Mike Mazzeo

There is only one player in the NBA with a better Player Efficiency Rating than Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez: Miami Heat forward LeBron James.

Yet there are 13 Eastern Conference frontcourt players with more All-Star votes as of first returns, which were released by the NBA Thursday.

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

Of course, we’ve been down this road before: last season. Lopez was snubbed and got on the team due to injury.

As was the case last season, the NBA has gotten rid of traditional positions on its ballots -- opting for frontcourt and backcourt players instead.

Lopez clearly isn’t popular with fans, and that’s OK, as long as he makes the All-Star team. The 25-year-old is averaging 20.9 points and 2.1 blocks on 57.5 percent shooting.

The backcourt standings:

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