Lowry, DeRozan still on outside of all-star voting

Eric Thomas and Michael Grange breakdown DeRozan & Lowry's chances of playing in the All-Star Game, chance for everyone to see Toronto and Kobe's last All-Star Game.

Toronto Raptors guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are going to need a big final push if they hope to be named starters for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.

After the third returns of fan voting, Lowry and DeRozan sit third and sixth respectively among Eastern Conference guards. The top two vote-getters will earn starting gigs on Feb. 14 at the Air Canada Centre.

If they are not voted in, the Raptors’ stars will hope to be named reserves by NBA coaches.

Kobe Bryant, who will retire at season’s end, leads all players with over 1.5 million votes. Reigning MVP Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors has the next highest total at 1.2 million while LeBron James’ 830,000 paces the East.

Voting for the All-Star Game ends Jan. 18.