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Lakers' Bryant, Gasol would be All-Star starters based on current voting

December 16, 2010 | 10:39 am

Kobe Bryant has the most votes in the Western Conference, which is hardly a surprise, but Lakers teammate Pau Gasol would also be voted in as a starter if the voting ended Thursday.

The voting doesn't end for another five weeks, but Bryant leads the NBA with almost 723,000 votes and Gasol has almost 391,000 votes, trailing only Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (471,000) among West forwards.

Gasol has a slight lead over Denver forward Carmelo Anthony (370,000 votes). Clippers forward Blake Griffin is sixth with 245,000 votes and Lakers forward Lamar Odom is seventh with 134,594 votes.

Lakers center Andrew Bynum has 198,000 votes, a distant second to Yao Ming (431,000) among West centers.

New Orleans guard Chris Paul is second among West guards, comfortably ahead of San Antonio's Manu Ginobili.

The current starters for the East would be Miami forward LeBron James, Boston forward Kevin Garnett, Miami guard Dwyane Wade, Boston guard Rajon Rondo and Orlando center Dwight Howard.

Voting ends Jan. 23. The All-Star Game is Feb. 20 at Staples Center.

-- Mike Bresnahan