Kawhi, Aldridge, Manu all listed in first round of NBA All-Star voting

Leonard ninth overall in votes received in league

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO – The first round of fan voting returns for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game were released by the league Thursday and show three San Antonio Spurs players in the top 10 for their individual positions.

The first two are no surprise with Kawhi Leonard third and LaMarcus Aldridge eighth in frontcourt voting for the Western Conference.

Leonard is ninth overall when combining all positions from both conferences.

The other Spurs player on the ballot is a bit of a surprise with Manu Ginobili eighth in the guard category.

Ginobili is in his 15th season with the Spurs and averaging eight points per game. Ginobili has been named to the All-Star team twice, in 2005 and 2011.

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are the overall vote leaders for their conference and positions.

One of the more surprising early fan returns was Golden State's Zaza Pachulia who is second in frontcourt voting in the Western Conference despite averaging five points per game.

The voting process changed this season and for the first time NBA players and basketball media will join fans in selecting the starters for the All-Star game.

Fans will account for 50 percent of the vote, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25 percent each. Player and media voting will begin next week. 

The game will take place Feb. 19 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

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