Drummond fourth in East frontcourt in All-Star voting

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Memphis, Tenn. — Pistons center Andre Drummond is having an All-Star season and almost undoubtedly will be selected to play in the midseason exhibition.

Whether he’ll be a starter in his first appearance is another question.

In the latest results released by the NBA, Drummond fell to fourth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players, behind the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony. The top three players in fan voting will be the starters on Feb. 14 in Toronto.

Drummond has 361,307 votes, about 7,000 fewer than Anthony. LeBron James (830,345) and the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George (569,947) lead the Eastern Conference frontcourt players and Dwyane Wade (736,732) and the Cavs’ Kyrie Irving (399,757) are in position to be the starting backcourt.

Voting ends on Monday night; the starters will be announced on Thursday.

In his fourth season, Drummond is averaging 18 points and leads the league with 15.4 rebounds per game.

In the Western Conference, Kobe Bryant (1,533,432) is the overall vote leader, along with Kevin Durant and Draymond Green (Michigan State) in third, ahead of Kawhi Leonard in the frontcourt. The leading guards in the West are Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.