Nov 9, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) watches the ref between game action during the second half at Philips Arena. The Heat defeated the Hawks 95-89. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Smith making headway in All-Star ballot, but where is Al Horford?


Nov 9, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford (15) reacts during a break in game action during the second half at Philips Arena. The Heat defeated the Hawks 95-89. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-USA TODAY Sports

Well Hawks’ nation, we clearly need to step it up a notch. Our two best players, who are arguably the best frontcourt tandem in the East, are significantly behind in the league’s first All-Star ballot count.

Josh Smith, who was just named the Eastern Conference player of the week, is the lone Hawks’ player to appear in the first returns. He currently ranks eighth, between Joakim Noah (73,366 votes) and inexplicably Andrew Bynum (68,596 votes), with 69,344 votes.

The first question is obviously where the heck is Al Horford!?

Players such as Shane Battier and Jeff Green both appear in the East’s frontcourt leaders, with Horford nowhere in sight.

Horford has led the Hawks to a 13-6 record, the third best in the East, behind his consistent and stellar play. He’s currently averaging 16.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and is shooting 54 percent from the field.

He was named an All-Star in 2010 and 2011. Campaigns in which he averaged almost identical, albeit lesser numbers. He was named mostly for his defensive contributions, which are still as solid as ever. As he’s largely responsible for the Hawks currently ranking 5th in defensive efficiency.

Below is the complete results of the first All-Star ballot count, via NBA.com.

2013 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY SPRINT EASTERN CONFERENCE
Frontcourt: LeBron James (Mia) 641,348; Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 573,112; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 218,246; Chris Bosh (Mia) 210,724; Tyson Chandler (NYK) 151,744; Paul Pierce (Bos) 114,735; Joakim Noah (Chi) 73,366; Josh Smith (Atl) 69,344; Andrew Bynum (Phi) 68,596; Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 64,266; Shane Battier (Mia) 59,419; Anderson Varejao (Cle) 57,336; Luol Deng (Chi) 48,450; Brook Lopez (BKN) 47,940; Jeff Green (Bos) 36,080.

Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 430,925; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 382,613; Deron Williams (BKN) 211,426; Kyrie Irving (Cle) 155,989; Ray Allen (Mia) 130,016; Monta Ellis (Mil) 47,650; Raymond Felton (NYK) 37,974; Jason Terry (Bos) 36,147; Brandon Jennings (Mil) 35,610; Jrue Holiday (Phi) 35,193.

2013 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY SPRINT WESTERN CONFERENCE
Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (OKC) 605,965; Dwight Howard (LAL) 434,168; Blake Griffin (LAC) 307,855; Tim Duncan (SA) 189,577; Pau Gasol (LAL) 139,868; Kevin Love (Min) 112,922; Omer Asik (Hou) 88,178; Rudy Gay (Mem) 85,279; Serge Ibaka (OKC) 68,285; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 66,290; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 63,056; Marc Gasol (Mem) 61,716; Zach Randolph (Mem) 59,916; Metta World Peace (LAL) 59,167; Anthony Davis (NO) 53,779.

Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 639,419; Chris Paul (LAC) 353,603; Jeremy Lin (Hou) 298,319; James Harden (Hou) 196,108; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 143,437; Steve Nash (LAL) 118,073; Tony Parker (SA) 69,983; Ricky Rubio (Min) 54,744; Manu Ginobili (SA) 47,800; O.J. Mayo (Dal) 36,495.

–Fortunately, this is one of the few injustices Hawks’ nation can actually do something about, as voting will not conclude until Jan. 14th.

You can vote for any of the Hawks players by visiting NBA.com or by simply tweeting a players name with the hashtag #NBABALLOT.

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