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2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:15 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 7:55 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver 

Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade will square off in another NBA All-Star Game. (Getty Images)

The NBA officially announced the starting lineups for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, as voted by the fans on Thursday night, and there were no surprises.

The Eastern Conference starting lineup: Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Heat forward LeBron James, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

The Western Conference starting lineup: Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Lakers center Andrew Bynum.

The league's coaches will vote to the rest of the rosters and their decisions will be announced on Thursday, Feb. 9.

All 10 players were on pace as leading vote-getters during the first and second rounds of balloting that were released during the last two weeks.

2012 marks Rose's third selection, Wade's eighth selection, James' eighth selection, Anthony's fifth selection, Howard's sixth selection, Paul's fifth selection, Bryant's 14th selection and Kevin Durant's third selection. Bynum is the only first-time All-Star selection among the starters. Griffin, making his second appearance, joins Bynum as the only other first-time starter. 

Aside from Bynum and Griffin, the other eight players were all selected as starters for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Anthony represented the Denver Nuggets and played for the Western Conference team last year. Paul represented the Western Conference as a member of the New Orleans Hornets.

Retired Houston Rockets center Yao Ming and Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire are the two 2011 All-Star Game starters that did not return this season.

Here are the final vote tallies for the 10 All-Star starters. Howard was the overall leading vote-getter and Bryant led the way out West.
East: Dwight Howard (Orl) 1,600,390; Derrick Rose (Chi) 1,514,723; LeBron James (Mia) 1,360,680; Dwyane Wade (Mia) 1,334,223; Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 1,041,290

West: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,555,479; Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,345,566; Chris Paul (LAC) 1,138,743; Andrew Bynum (LAL) 1,051,945; Blake Griffin (LAC) 876,451
The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at the Amway Center in Orlando on Feb. 26. Bryant will look to repeat his performance as the 2011 NBA All-Star Game MVP. Here's a look at the jerseys that will be worn during the game.

For more coverage of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, check out CBSSports.com's NBA All-Star Game hub.
Comments

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:13 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Love was snubbed, but the starters for the West are correct.  Love is a PF not a C like so many of you uneducated people say.  Love is an unknown which is unfortunate for him.  Griffen is the flashy mercedies while Love is the dependable Ford full size.  The truck gets you everywhere and does everything, but the flashy car is what people notice most. 



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:39 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

People still care about this farce? Incredible!



Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:01 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Ok, I'll give you this - maybe Bynum as a reserve at most, definitely not a starter!!! (and the only reason for that is that there truly isn't any centers in the west, or in the league anymore). 
I won't pretend I like the Lakers, as I don't.  
The all-star teams need a better selection process, as it is a fan-based selection for starters.  They need to call it the Fans Choice Awards or something, rather than All-star game.  If it is a true all-star game, it needs to be based on performance, not whose teams fans vote the most.
Kevin Love is WAY more deserving of starting than Bynum is. 
That is all.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:29 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

@irongreg

Apparently you have not been watching basketball this season, ESPECIALY Laker basketball games.. Bynum is averaging double figures in scoring and rebounding. If you think he is garbage, we will keep our garbage. Who do you think should be the starter for the West?

My point is we have an all-star center and need not have another to be successful in the future.

“GO LAKERS”

“ONE MAN’S OPINION”  





Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:54 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

"That is why today's sports quality is not even close to the days when they played for the love of the game."

Depends how you define quality. They may have been more passionate, but there is no question that the huge amounts of cash involved today make it more competitive and harder for players to go pro. Less passion today, but much more talent and athleticism



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:53 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

"That is why today's sports quality is not even close to the days when they played for the love of the game."

Depends how you define quality. They may have been more passionate, but there is no question that the huge amounts of cash involved today make it more competitive and harder for players to go pro. Less passion today, but much more talent and athleticism.



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:11 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

what the guy 3 comments down from me said. the probowl is no different



Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:59 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

No way.... to melo.  Does he play like a PF... no way!



Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:51 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

All All Star games are a joke! They never play like they do during the season or playoffs. It's the usual showoff session. Basketball bites this year anyway! What they should do is let the players rest instead of a dunk contest like every year! And how does baseball let the world series homefield be decided by an All Star game??? Ridiculous!! All about money. That is why today's sports quality is not even close to the days when they played for the love of the game.



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:18 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Saying certain players didnt deserve their starting position in the all star game is an oxymoron within itself. The defining characteristic of this event is that it features players FANS WANT TO SEE. Saying the league should restrict voting to coaches is plain stupid because the point of the weekend is to generate cash and pleasing fans = maximizing revenues. The day that Stern comes out and says "the all star game is no longer about watching the most popular and fun players but is about watching those who generate the best numbers and are truly the best at their position, THEN it would make sense to argue about whether blake or kev should start at the 4. But as it is now, Blake is more popular, is funner to watch, and plays in a big market team granting him more exposure and fame. OBVIOUSLY blake gets the start. Statistically speaking, did Yao deserve all his starts? did Iverson? did Shaq? NO, but its not about stats, its about pleasing the fans by showing them a game THEY want to see.


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