Amare passes Garnett in All-Star voting

Towards the end of December, Amare Stoudemire was trailing Kevin Garnett by about 120,000 votes among East forwards in the All-Star voting. Then last week, he closed within 24,000 votes. Now, for the first time, STAT has built a nice cushion ahead of KG by 93,847 votes and he's second to LeBron James. Raymond Felton and Danilo Gallinari are in the top 10 in their respective positions. Here's how the voting stands as of today:

Eastern Conference

  • Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 1,499,768; Derrick Rose (Chi) 1,225,575; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 1,171,311; Ray Allen (Bos) 630,588; John Wall (Was) 260,893; Brandon Jennings (Mil) 254,614; Raymond Felton (NYK) 246,208; Gilbert Arenas (Orl) 240,586; Jamal Crawford (Atl) 163,971; Darren Collison (Ind) 156,230

  • Forwards: LeBron James (Mia) 1,518,807; Amare Stoudemire (NYK) 1,143,391; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 1,049,544; Paul Pierce (Bos) 578,473; Chris Bosh (Mia) 427,551; Carlos Boozer (Chi) 320,661; Josh Smith (Atl) 280,158; Danilo Gallinari (NYK) 259,619; Danny Granger (Ind) 201,653; Luol Deng (Chi) 191,312

  • Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 1,537,619; Shaquille O'Neal (Bos) 639,661; Joakim Noah (Chi) 291,107; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 245,253; Al Horford (Atl) 193,449; Roy Hibbert (Ind) 183,092; Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 162,364; Brook Lopez (NJ) 125,022; JaVale McGee (Was) 106,710; Ben Wallace (Det) 79,017

Western Conference

  • Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,757,216; Chris Paul (NOH) 949,049; Manu Ginobili (SA) 593,718; Steve Nash (Pho) 522,215; Deron Williams (Utah) 487,887; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 463,250; Tony Parker (SA) 355,993; Jason Kidd (Dal) 303,164; Vince Carter (Pho) 277,430; Kevin Martin (Hou) 266,037

  • Forwards: Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,270,729; Carmelo Anthony (Den) 945,720; Pau Gasol (LAL) 851,456; Blake Griffin (LAC) 702,784; Tim Duncan (SA) 663,487; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 615,243; Lamar Odom (LAL) 364,950; Luis Scola (Hou) 347,986; Kevin Love (Min) 301,529; Caron Butler (Dal) 205,146

  • Centers: Yao Ming (Hou) 928,928; Andrew Bynum (LAL) 660,576; Nene (Den) 389,263; Marc Gasol 352,136; Emeka Okafor (NOH) 317,677; Brendan Haywood (Dal) 276,777; Marcus Camby (Por) 201,133; Chris Kaman (LAC) 165,684; Andris Biedrins (GS) 126,567; DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 110,230

Here are some updated numbers on Stoudemire and Felton, compiled by Knicks PR:

  • Stoudemire: He ranks second in the league in scoring, leading all East players, with 26.1 points per game, leads in fourth-quarter scoring (7.2 ppg), ranks fourth in blocks (2.3), fourth in 20 point-10 rebound games (16), eighth in FTA (8.2), tied for 12th in double-doubles (17), 14th in rebounds (8.9) and 26th in FG% (50.9). He set a franchise record with nine consecutive 30-point games from November 28 to December 15, 2010, and he's currently riding a 23-game streak of 20-point games, which is fourth-best in franchise history (the record is 29 games held by Richie Guerin from January 30 to March 14, 1962). Most importantly, he has led the Knicks to a 22-16 record, which is their best start since 2000-01. Last season, they didn’t win their 22nd game until March 8.

  • Felton: His league ranks: fifth in assists (8.9), sixth in steals (1.9), seventh in minutes (38.9), ninth in three-pointers made (69), tied for ninth in double-doubles (18), 15th in free throw percentage (87.4) and fourth among point guards in points per game (a career-high 18.3). His 11 20 point-10 assist games are second most in the league, behind Deron Williams' 14. On the Knicks' just-completed West Coast road trip, he recorded his first career triple-double in Phoenix and tied a franchise record with 14 assists and no turnovers in Portland.

  • Together, Stoudemire and Felton are the fourth-highest scoring duo in the league at 44.4 points per game, trailing Miami's James and Wade (50.5), Oklahoma City's Durant and Westbrook (50.2) and the Los Angeles Clippers' Eric Gordon and Griffin (45.4). Add in Wilson Chandler and the Knicks have the third-highest scoring "Big Three" in the league (62.1 ppg), behind Miami (with Bosh, 69.1) and Oklahoma City (with Jeff Green, 65.7)

While paper balloting will end on January. 17, voting on NBA.com and wireless balloting will go through January 23. Fans can vote by visiting m.nba.com on their wireless carrier or by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA"). They can also visit NYKnicks.com and KnicksNow.com to cast their vote, including a write-in nomination for Chandler, who deserves to be recognized. Since Thanksgiving, Will The Thrill's been averaging 19 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 52.6% from the field.

The Knicks have launched a second All-Star mash-up video, produced by DJ Steve Porter, called "#1 Reason to Vote Knicks." It features Knicks fans and courtside celebrities, including Donald Trump, Fabolous, Jerry Ferrara, Tracy Morgan and Whoopi Goldberg, encouraging everyone to vote for their hometown favorites.

The All-Star starters will be announced on January 27.

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