The starters for the 62nd NBA All-Star game were revealed.
For the Eastern Conference, the frontcourt will comprise of LeBron James of the Miami Heat, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics. The Eastern backcourt will have Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics. This will be LeBron’s ninth straight all-star appearance. Kevin Garnett will be making his 14th all-star appearance. Anthony made his sixth all-star berth. Wade will be making his ninth all-star appearance and Rondo will be making his fourth straight all-star game.
This will be a little funny considering how Garnett and Anthony were in a tiff pretty recently. Basically, everybody will probably be brawling before tipoff in the East. LeBron James turned out to be the leading votegetter for the East.
As for the Western Conference, the frontcourt will include Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers. The West backcourt will have Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. Blake Griffin will be making his third appearance in three years. Durant will be making his fourth all-star appearance. Dwight Howard will be making his seventh all-star game (his first in the West), Chris Paul will be making his sixth appearance, and then Kobe will be making his 15th all-star game.
Jeremy Lin was voted third in guards, finishing about 45,000 votes behind Chris Paul (according to TNT). That was a subplot coming into the voting because the Asian voting contingent is very strong (it got Yao Ming in basically every season into the All-Star starting line-up). He very likely won’t make the all-star team this season and this was pretty much the only way he could get in. In the meantime, Kobe Bryant led all players in votes with 1,591,437.
The All-Star game will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, February 17th, 2013.