It's not looking good for Dirk Nowitzki to make his first All-Star Game start via fan voting next month in Orlando. The NBA announced the second returns Thursday and the Dallas Mavericks' all-time leading scorer is the third-leading vote-getter among Western Conference forwards.
The top two vote-getters are named All-Stars, and Dirk (354,434 votes) is a distant third behind Blake Griffin (619,913) and runaway leader Kevin Durant (973,152), two young guns who, frankly, have put up far superior numbers in the first four weeks of the season. Nowitzki is seeking an 11th consecutive All-Star invite as a reserve, which the Finals MVP undoubtedly will receive.
As for the four other Mavs on the All-Star ballot, Lamar Odom sits eighth among forwards, Jason Kidd is ninth among guards and Jason Terry and Shawn Marion are not in the top 10 at their respective positions.
Here's the official tally after two returns:
Forwards: Kevin Durant (OKC) 973,152; Blake Griffin (LAC) 619,913; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 354,434; Pau Gasol (LAL) 327,596; Kevin Love (Min) 232,656; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 188,829; Tim Duncan (SA) 133,575; Lamar Odom (Dal) 96,080; Metta World Peace (LAL) 63,055; Danilo Gallinari (Den) 59,646.
Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,110,379; Chris Paul (LAC) 835,026; Ricky Rubio (Min) 248,423; Steve Nash (Pho) 188,537; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 167,996; Kyle Lowry (Hou) 132,972; Monta Ellis (GS) 105,926; Manu Ginobili (SA) 79,821; Jason Kidd (Dal) 79,783; Chauncey Billups (LAC) 73,429.
Forwards: LeBron James (Mia) 972,580; Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 779,945; Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 281,617; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 268,980; Chris Bosh (Mia) 209,640; Luol Deng (Chi) 166,671; Paul Pierce (Bos) 145,077; Carlos Boozer (Chi) 101,612; Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 93,456; Hedo Turkoglu (Orl) 80,694.
Guards: Derrick Rose (Chi) 1,040,210; Dwyane Wade (Mia) 972,015; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 394,672; Ray Allen (Bos) 274,233; Deron Williams (NJN) 143,941; Jose Calderon (Tor) 84,881; Richard Hamilton (Chi) 64,757; John Wall (Was) 61,160; Kyrie Irving (Cle) 53,300; Joe Johnson (Atl) 40,718.