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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's NBA All-Star Game hub.

Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:11 pm

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Saying a player is unworthy of his position in the all star game is an oxymoron within itself. The defining characteristic of the all star game is that it incorporates the players that fans vote for/ WANT to see. The whole point of the weekend is to generate cash; saying that the coaches should take over the voting and decision making makes no sense because fans wouldnt see who they want and would be less inclined to watch the game (meaning less cash is generated). Arguing about whether Love or Griffin should start at the 4 is plain stupid. Fans prefer watching Griffin (because he flies high and plays in LA and thus is more famous) so he gets the start. It makes perfect sense. Everyone has this same stupid conversation every year, and its embarrassing. Did Yao deserve all his appearences ? Did Shaq ? Did Iverson ? No, but fans wanted to see them there so the NBA placed them there because pleasing the fans = maximizing revenue (the whole point of the weekend). The day David Stern says "all star game is no longer about the favorite/ most popular / funnest players to watch and is about who generates the best number and is truly the best at their spot, THEN these debates would make sense. But as things currently stand, its a complete waste of time.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:57 pm

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

I can understand the complaint for Wade as he missed so many games.  But there is no question he is talented.  And it is about who the fans want to see.  So I have no issues with it.

I like the Bynum pick.  Course Love would have been a good pick too...but lets face it; there are far more Laker fans voting.  It is what it is.

Anthony, no question, is an all-star talent.  No doubt in my mind.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:30 pm

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Sorry but they got it wrong. Having Gasol opens the floor up for Bynum. Love is getting doubled all day and is having a way better season.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:28 pm

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

your only beef is Melo?  He's a legot all star.  My biggest 2 beefs are WADE and clue why either got 1 vote

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:27 pm

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

One word.....LOVE.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:27 pm

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

all star voting is a joke.  Love and Aldrige deserved to be there hands down.  Bosh got fkd too. 

Since: Sep 5, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:07 pm

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Brandon Jenning is not a starter.....LOL....NBA...WOW

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:43 am

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

A very good point. I can't argue with that.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:37 am

Bynum? Are you kidding me?

Uhhhhh, I don't care what you say, Bynum is NOT a legit All-Star, let alone a starter. It's time for this stupid popularity contest called "Fan voting" to stop determining the All-Stars.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:30 am

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

bynum has no business starting an all-star game. the center position has been whittled away to nothing. let's not force voters to put a center into the game, whent here are plenty of 4's that are way more deserving to play the post. take a look around at the centers in this league right now. give me two solid 4's, unless i can have dwight howard.
Maybe you should take another look at their numbers -- Bynum's numbers are not far below Howard in terms of points, rebounds, blocks and FGP.  Bynum is well ahead of Howard in FTP  And, Bynum is doing his scoring as the 3rd option in the Lakers's offense where Howard is Orlando's first option and playing more minutes per game than Bynum.  If Bynum got the minutes and the touches that Howard gets then numbers would probably be even closer in points, rebounds and blocks. 

Howard as a slight edge on Bynum, but Bynum is clearly the second best center in the NBA, the best in the West and very deserving of a starting spot in the All-Star game imo.

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