LeBron James, Stephen Curry lead ASG starters; Russell Westbrook left out


The All-Star starters exposed on TNT left a panic among N.B.A with Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and James Harden of the Houston Rockets winning a voting tiebreaker over Russell Westbrook for the first guard spots on the Western Conference squad that will be held on Feb. 19 in New Orleans.

The new NBA voting system in which fans, the players and news media all participated in the voting left the star Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook. The veteran dominated at first among players and the news media, however third in the tiebreaking fan vote, more than 200,000 votes left the Westbrook behind Curry and Harden.

Five players that got a “yes” in the West starting were Warriors teammates Curry and Kevin Durant, Harden, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis.

The East starters included Cleveland Cavaliers teammates Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks phenom Giannis Antetokounmpo and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors.

The average of triple-double did not help Westbrook to pass the NBA’s starter line and is now set to become the 5th player to start at least 13 games. He said it meant something extra being the leading vote-getter among fans with 1,893,751 votes.

Russell Westbrook on Thursday said –

“I think from the standpoint of people enjoy the way I play the game, they respect the way I play the game and at this point in my career I’m still doing something right,”

“Makes me proud, makes my family proud and my support system, so it’s cool in that sense.”

Curry’s 1,848,121 votes tumbled only James, meantime Harden achieved 1,771,375, nearly 200,000 more fan votes than Westbrook’s 1,575,865.