The NBA released the starting lineups Thursday night for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game which will be held at the Amway Center in Orlando on February 26. The player who received the most votes in the balloting was Magic center Dwight Howard who will man the pivot position for the East on his home floor for the contest. The man who is arguably the best center of his generation will be joined in the front-court by Miami Heat forward LeBron James and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. The Eastern Conference back-court is comprised of reigning NBA MVP Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose and Heat guard Dwyane Wade.
Topping the vote totals for the Western Conference is Los Angeles Lakers veteran guard Kobe Bryant who will tie an Association record by playing in the contest 14 straight times. He joins Jerry West, Karl Malone and former teammate Shaquille O’Neal in sharing the mark. Bryant’s current teammate Lakers center Andrew Bynum joins him on the starting squad along with Clippers guard Chris Paul and his teammate last season’s Rookie Of The Year and Slam Dunk Contest winner Blake Griffin. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant fills out the starting five for the West. The reserves for the All-Star Game will be announced next Thursday. Here are the final totals for this year’s balloting:
LeBron James (Mia) 1,360,680; Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 1,041,290; Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 383,734; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 367,914; Chris Bosh (Mia) 324,605; Luol Deng (Chi) 276,205; Paul Pierce (Bos) 215,020; Carlos Boozer (Chi) 175,828; Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 152,362; Josh Smith (Atl) 119,638.
Derrick Rose (Chi) 1,514,723; Dwyane Wade (Mia) 1,334,223; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 547,110; Ray Allen (Bos) 382,147; Deron Williams (NJN) 208,697; Jose Calderon (Tor) 132,167; Richard Hamilton (Chi) 111,368; John Wall (Was) 96,606; Kyrie Irving (Cle) 96,346; Joe Johnson (Atl) 66,145.
Dwight Howard (Orl) 1,600,390; Joakim Noah (Chi) 236,497; Tyson Chandler (NYK) 163,077; Joel Anthony (Mia) 101,307; JaVale McGee (Was) 63,765; Al Horford (Atl) 50,396.
Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,345,566; Blake Griffin (LAC) 876,451; Pau Gasol (LAL) 470,353; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 468,435; Kevin Love (Min) 373,880; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 279,500; Tim Duncan (SA) 185,069; Lamar Odom (Dal) 142,830; Danilo Gallinari (Den) 110,245; Rudy Gay (Mem) 95,228.
Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,555,479; Chris Paul (LAC) 1,138,743; Ricky Rubio (Min) 397,456; Steve Nash (Pho) 276,268; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 262,186; Kyle Lowry (Hou) 185,584; Monta Ellis (GS) 156,603; Chauncey Billups (LAC) 120,961; Jason Kidd (Dal) 114,924; Manu Ginobili (SA) 111,273.
Andrew Bynum (LAL) 1,051,945; DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 322,056; Marc Gasol (Mem) 285,525; Nenê (Den) 207,102; Marcin Gortat (Pho) 136,168; Kendrick Perkins (OKC) 99,811.