If Josh Smith is to finally make his first All-Star team this season, it doesn't appear he's going to get it on the fan vote. The league announced the first round of voting on Thursday, and Smith is a distant eighth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players, with only three starting spots up for grabs.
Miami's LeBron James (who leads all vote-getters in the NBA with 641,348), New York's Carmelo Anthony and Boston's Kevin Garnett pace the rest of the frontcourt players (the NBA has split the voting between "frontcourt" and "backcourt" players for this year's game) in the Eastern Conference. Smith also trails Miami's Chris Bosh, New York's Tyson Chandler, Boston's Paul Pierce and Chicago's Joakim Noah.
Conspicuous by his absence is Hawks forward and two-time All-Star Al Horford, who didn't appear among the top 15 vote-getters among Eastern Conference frontcourt players. Andrew Bynum, who hasn't played a game, was right behind Smith in 9th place.
Smith was the only member of the Hawks -- who have surprised many with their 13-6 start this season -- to show up in the early round of voting. Smith, Horford and perhaps point guard Jeff Teague could still earn a spot on the All-Star team as reserves after the fans vote for the starters, who will be announced Jan. 17 on TNT.