2014 NBA All-Star Game starters are revealed

2014 NBA All Star Game

 

 

All-Star Weekend will take place from Feb. 14-16 in New Orleans and the starters for the game has been revealed.

2014 Eastern All Stars - NBA

The Eastern Conference starters consists of four-time MVP LeBron James (1,416,419 votes), who will be joined by Heat teammate Dwayne Wade (929,542 votes) at shooting guard, Indiana Pacers’ Paul George (1,211,318 votes), the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (935,702 votes) and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (860,221 votes).

2014 Western All Stars - NBA

In the Western Conference, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (1,047,281 votes) will make his first career All-Star appearance, alongside Kobe Bryant (988,884 votes) in the backcourt. The West frontcourt consists of Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant ( 1,396,294 votes), Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (688,466 votes)and Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (661,246 votes).

To me, the voting is definitely based on popularity instead of what is put out there on the court; for instance, there’s no true centers on the starting lineups of BOTH teams.  It was noted that Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard was ahead of Love in all of the early returns released by the league, but both Griffin and Love surpassed Howard over the past two weeks; in the third round of voting returns, released Jan. 9; and you cannot tell me that Indiana Pacers Roy Hibbert didn’t deserve being on the starting lineup as a true center, really?

No disrespect to Kobe Bryant, but he only played 6 games( sidelined since Dec. 19 with a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left leg), there’s not enough body-of-work to deem him an All-Star.

While Bryant surely appreciates the honor of being voted to his 16th All-Star appearance — a mark that gives him the second-most All-Star berths of all time, behind only fellow Laker legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 19 — he reiterated his preference for not playing and for younger players to get the opportunity to shine, according to Yahoo! Sports NBA columnist Marc Spears. It might not be his call, though, as detailed by Los Angeles Daily News’ Mark Medina.

Kobe sidelined“With all due respect to the fans that voted me in, I appreciate that and they know how much I appreciate that, but you have to do the right thing,” Bryant said. “My fans know you have to reward these young guys for the work they’ve been doing.”

But Bryant also sounded aware the NBA may force him to suit up anyway.

“The rule is you have to go in there and play or you miss the next two games,” Bryant said. “It means somebody will have to lose a spot, unfortunately. The backups will be playing a lot. I’ll do my two minutes and sit down.”

Here’s the entire results of the voting…

 

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt

1. LeBron James, Miami Heat: 1,416,419
2. Paul George, Indiana Pacers: 1,211,318
3. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks: 935,702
4. Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers: 524,809
5. Chris Bosh, Miami Heat: 406,867
6. Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn Nets: 209,398
7. Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls: 181,145
8. Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons: 163,798
9. Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks: 137,512
10. Luol Deng, Cleveland Cavaliers: 121,754
11. Jeff Green, Boston Celtics: 121,040
12. Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls: 103,502
13. David West, Indiana Pacers: 95,363
14. Paul Pierce, Brooklyn Nets: 95,034
15. Josh Smith, Detroit Pistons: 75,433

Backcourt

1. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat: 929,542
2. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers: 860,221
3. John Wall, Washington Wizards: 393,129
4. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls: 359,546
5. Ray Allen, Miami Heat: 250,909
6. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics: 174,654
7. Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers: 148,382
8. DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors: 131,228
9. George Hill, Indiana Pacers: 129,533
10. Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets: 126,423

Western Conference

Frontcourt

1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder: 1,396,294
2. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers: 688,466
3. Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves: 661,246
4. Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets: 653,318
5. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trailblazers: 609,172
6. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs: 492,657
7. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans: 286,247
8. Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors: 266,611
9. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings: 255,005
10. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers: 247,323
11. David Lee, David Lee: 232,210
12. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks: 201,873
13. Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets: 174,512
14. Omer Asik, Houston Rockets: 130,344
15. Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors: 127,947

Backcourt

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors: 1,047,281
2. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers: 988,884
3. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers: 804,309
4. Jeremy Lin, Houston Rockets: 628,818
5. James Harden, Houston Rockets: 470,381
6. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder: 317,338
7. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers: 280,966
8. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs: 258,751
9. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors: 162,984
10. Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves: 124,230

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