Orlando Magic superstar center Dwight Howard continues to lead all NBA players in balloting for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game with more than 1.1 million votes.
Dwight led the NBA in voting when the first returns were announced a week ago and now he has strengthened his lead with a whopping 1,161,797 total votes.
Dwight said he continues to be blown away by the support and love that the fans show to him through their all-star balloting. Dwight said he is hoping to sponsor an event at this year’s All-Star Game that will be centered around recognizing his fans.
“It’s a humbling experience and great,” he said of being the NBA’s leading vote-getter. “It just means a lot to me to know that there are fans out there supporting me and what I’m all about.”
Dwight could be well on his way to another record-setting vote total similar to what he’s done in the past. Dwight set an all-time NBA record in 2009 with a staggering 3.1 million votes. And he led the Eastern Conference in voting last year with another 2.1 million votes.
The All-Star Game will be played on Feb. 26 at Orlando’s Amway Center, Dwight’s home court during the NBA’s regular season and playoffs. He has already played in five all-star games and has been the East’s starting center each of the past four seasons.
Kobe Bryant is second in all-star voting behind Dwight with 1,110,379 votes. Chicago center Joakim Noah is in second place in the voting among centers in the Eastern Conference, but he trails Dwight by more than 1 million votes.
Derrick Rose and Dwayne Wade are the East’s leading vote-getters at guard, while LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are the top forwards. Bryant and Chris Paul are the top vote-getters among guards in the West, while Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin lead the way at the forward slots. Andre Bynum is the leading vote-getter at center in the West.