Either the Houston Rockets have done a great job of getting out the vote, or Omer Asik's popularity has skyrocketed.
The NBA released the third all-star balloting results on Thursday. Asik has 160,935 votes in the Western Conference, while Bulls center Joakim Noah has 158,743.
Neither one is likely to earn a starting spot, although there are some close races. In the East, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo all have big leads. The remaining spot is a race between Boston's Kevin Garnett (391K), Miami's third amigo Chris Bosh (363K) and New York's Tyson Chandler (316K).
In the West, four spots appear to be set -- Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard from the Lakers, OKC's Kevin Durant and Clippers forward Blake Griffin. The last spot is a battle between Clippers guard Chris Paul (652K) and Houston's Jeremy Lin (606K).
Of course, there's no question Paul deserves to start ahead of Lin, who should rank behind Russell Westbrook, teammate James Harden, Tony Parker and Steph Curry.
In a perfect world, Memphis' Zach Randolph or Golden State's David Lee would be starting ahead of Howard, but those two are a long way behind.
Balloting concludes on Jan. 14 and the starters will be announced live on TNT Jan. 17. The all-star game is Feb. 17 in Houston.