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Westbrook, thus far, third in All-Star voting

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) catches a pass in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, in Salt Lake City.

HOUSTON — Russell Westbrook would not be starting the All-Star Game if the current fan voting were the sole decider. 

When the NBA released the first returns of All-Star fan voting Thursday, Westbrook ranked third amongst Western Conference guards, trailing Golden State's Stephen Curry and Houston's James Harden, respectively. The results are close, for now. Curry has garnered 523,597 votes with Harden (519,446) and Westbrook (501,652) following.

Westbrook is the only member of the Thunder to rank inside the top 10 for guards or frontcourt players. The top two guards and top three frontcourt players start in the game, scheduled to be in New Orleans on Feb. 19.

The NBA changed the All-Star voting format this year so that fans no longer hold complete power in determining the starters. The fan vote makes up only 50 percent now with 25 percent of the vote going to the players and the remaining 25 percent going to select media members. 

Golden State's Klay Thompson is fourth amongst West guards, but he trails Westbrook by more than 200,00 votes. The L.A. Clippers' Chris Paul is fifth.

The Warriors' Kevin Durant leads all Western Conference frontcourt players in votes with his teammate, Zaza Pachulia, and San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard coming in behind him. Cleveland's LeBron James and Kyrie Irving — who lead Eastern Conference frontcourt players and guards, respectively — have totaled the most and second-most overall votes so far.

Here is the list of voting in full, courtesy of the NBA:

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt

1          LeBron James (CLE) 595,288

2          Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 500,663

3          Kevin Love (CLE) 250,347

4          Joel Embiid (PHI) 221,984

5          Carmelo Anthony (NY) 189,817

6          Jimmy Butler (CHI) 189,066

7          Kristaps Porzingis (NY) 184,166

8          Paul George (IND) 138,332

9          Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 72,628

10        Jabari Parker (MIL) 64,141

Guards

1          Kyrie Irving (CLE) 543,030

2          Dwyane Wade (CHI) 278,052

3          DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 253,340

4          Isaiah Thomas (BOS) 193,297

5          Derrick Rose (NY) 129,924

6          Kyle Lowry (TOR) 128,940

7          John Wall (WAS) 87,360

8          Jeremy Lin (BKN) 59,562

9          Kemba Walker (CHA) 52,122

10        Avery Bradley (BOS) 32,822

Western Conference

Frontcourt

1          Kevin Durant (GS) 541,209

2          Zaza Pachulia (GS) 439,675

3          Kawhi Leonard (SA) 341,240

4          Anthony Davis (NO) 318,144

5          Draymond Green (GS) 236,315

6          DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) 202,317

7          Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 125,278

8          LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 101,724

9          Blake Griffin (LAC) 100,524

10        Marc Gasol (MEM) 97,370

Guards

1          Stephen Curry (GS) 523,597

2          James Harden (HOU) 519,446

3          Russell Westbrook (OKC) 501,652

4          Klay Thompson (GS) 293,054

5          Chris Paul (LAC) 173,830

6          Damian Lillard (POR) 117,857

7          Eric Gordon (HOU) 76,609

8          Manu Ginobili (SA) 65,832

9          Andre Iguodala (GS) 64,247

10        Zach LaVine (MIN) 53,642

Fred Katz is the Thunder beat writer for the Norman Transcript and CNHI Oklahoma as well as the host of the Locked on Thunder podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @FredKatz.

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