- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 19, 2001

Michael Jordan, expected to be the top vote-getter in the 2002 NBA All-Star balloting, is sixth overall and third in the Eastern Conference with 271,598.

Toronto Raptors forward Vince Carter leads all players with 471,255 votes, followed by two members of the Los Angeles Lakers, center Shaquille O'Neal (408,406) and guard Kobe Bryant (363,184). Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett is fourth with 294,632, and Philadelphia guard Allen Iverson is fifth with 284,368, meaning Jordan isn't even tops among guards in the East.

That Jordan is not the top vote-getter is somewhat of a surprise, especially since the Wizards draw the most fans in the league both at home and on the road this season. This year's All-Star Game will be played in Philadelphia Feb. 10.

"I think we can do a better job of promoting him than we're doing," one Washington Wizards representative said.

Balloting began Nov. 15. In addition to being distributed at all 29 NBA arenas, ballots are available on NBA.com and America Online.

Voting will continue through Jan. 13, and updated results for the Eastern and Western Conferences will be issued weekly. The starters will be announced Jan. 26. After the fan voting is completed and the starters are announced, the coaches in each conference will vote to determine the remaining players.



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