The first round of All-Star votes are in and the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently on track to be well represented at the 2016 All-Star game.
If the voting ended today, both LeBron James and Kevin Love would be starting in the frontcourt for the Eastern Conference. Additionally, Kyrie Irving would be on the two starting guards.
James currently all player with 595,288 votes. Irving leads all guards with 543,040 - almost double the total of second-place Dwyane Wade. Love, meanwhile, is 28,363 votes ahead of 76ers center Joel Embiid for the third and final starting spot in the East frontcourt. After the first round of voting, Love has received 250,347 total votes.
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Out West, Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Warriors center Zaza Pachulia and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard currently are starting up front. Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Rockets guard James Harden would be starting in the backcourt.
LeBron is deservedly an All-Star and Irving and Love should be as well. In the fan vote, it’s not entirely surprising that Irving is doing so well considering his rise in popularity over the past year. He is competing against a crop of really good point guards - Kyle Lowry, Kemba Walker, John Wall and Isaiah Thomas - but he’s currently way ahead of all four in the fan vote. Barring something unforseen or an injury, Irving is probably going to be an All-Star starter.
Love, for his part, is having a great season and (finally) looks like he’s thriving with the Cavaliers. And if someone like Embiid, Bulls wing Jimmy Butler or Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony catches him, it seems likely that he’ll be a coach’s selection.
Things could change, but it currently looks as if the Cavaliers will be well represented at New Orleans.