Led by Los Angles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant playing in his final season, who received 1,891,614 overall votes. These are your five 2016 western conference all-star game starters for the annual event to be held in Toronto this season. More from the NBA:
Kobe Bryant, Lakers
For the first time in his career, Bryant was listed among frontcourt players, and he ran away with the vote. A 17-time All-Star, this season has turned into an extended farewell tour for Bryant and the Lakers, who are 9-35 so far this season. Bryant is averaging 16.3 ppg in 36 games this campaign.
Kevin Durant, Thunder
Durant missed most of last season after suffering a foot injury, and underwent several foot surgeries. But this season the 27-year-old Durant has returned to form, averaging 26.5 ppg through 37 games for the Thunder, who are 32-12 under first-year coach Billy Donovan.
Kawhi Leonard, Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs have won five titles during the Gregg Popovich–Tim Duncan era, and while they’ve usually employed an understated form, it’s been hard to overlook them this season, as they’ve racked up a gaudy 36-6 record to start this season. The 24-year-old Leonard has been sensational for the Spurs, averaging a team-high 20.1 ppg as well as playing arguably the best on-ball defense in the NBA.
Stephen Curry, Warriors
Last season’s NBA MVP has been even better this season. A two-time All-Star, Curry has helped the Warriors get off to a 24-0 start while averaging a career-high (and NBA-leading) 29.9 ppg. Remarkably, Curry has done this while playing just 33.9 mpg, while shooting 51 percent from the field, 45 percent behind the three-point line, and 91 percent from the free throw line.
Russell Westbrook, Thunder
Westbrook scored 41 points in last season’s All-Star Game, winning the All-Star Game MVP. This season, the 27-year-old Westbrook has been as dynamic as ever, averaging 24 ppg, 9.8 apg and 7.1 rpg, along with a league-leading 2.5 steals per game.
ALL-STAR VOTING: FINAL RESULTS
1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,891,614
2. Kevin Durant (OKC) 980,787
3. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 782,339
4. Zaza Pachulia (Dal) 768,112
5. Draymond Green (GS) 726,616
6. Blake Griffin (LAC) 651,860
7. Enes Kanter (OKC) 534,499
8. Tim Duncan (SA) 431,087
9. Anthony Davis (NO) 400,688
10. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 364,270
11. DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 269,427
12. LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 268,003
13. Dwight Howard (Hou) 219,761
14. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 173,317
15. Harrison Barnes (GS) 155,289
1. Stephen Curry (GS) 1,604,325
2. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 772,009
3. Chris Paul (LAC) 624,334
4. Klay Thompson (GS) 555,513
5. James Harden (Hou) 430,777
6. Manu Ginobili (SA) 226,289
7. Rajon Rondo (Sac) 200,518
8. Tony Parker (SA) 195,472
9. Andre Iguodala (GS) 181,142
10. Damian Lillard (Por) 158,360