Earlier today the NBA announced it’s starting line-ups for next month’s 62nd annual NBA All Star Game which will take place in Houston, TX.
Leading vote-getter, making his NBA-record 15th consecutive All Start start, is Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, one of four players in the starting line-up of the Western Conference coming from LA. Joining Bryant in the starting line-up is his LA Lakers teammate Dwight Howard (4th overall vote-getter in the Western Conference) as well as LA Clippers duo Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. OKC’s Kevin Durant, last year’s MVP of the All Star game, rounds out the starting five.
In the East, LeBron James leads the way in the ballot edging out Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks by more than 100,000 votes. Also in the starting line-up are two Boston Celtics players Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnet as well as James’s teammate from the Miami Heat Dwyane Wade.
The ballot system was slightly changed this year. The “center” position was removed and fans were only able to vote for three frontcourt players and two guards from each Conference respectfully.
Head coaches for the All-Star game are the ones who led the teams with the best winning percentages in their conference through the games of January 30, 2013. The head coaches from the previous year, Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks will not be eligible for selection.
The reserves will be announced next Thursday (January 24th). Coaches will vote for seven players in their Conferences (three frontcourt players, two guards and two players regardless of their position). They cannot vote for a player on their team.
This year’s NBA All Star Game takes place in Houston, TX on the 17th of February. Be sure to follow our website as we will be covering the entire All Star Weekend.