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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: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:10 am

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

It is always tough to get it right. The only beef I have is Melo. He has done nothing to deserve this honor. He has been voted in on reputation only. I have no problem with him being a reserve, but Bosh has been much better. I wonder about Bynum but have not seen enough Laker games to make an informed comment. Paul ahead of Westbrook? Ok I can live with that but Westbrook certainly deserved consideration.

Since: Jul 20, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:09 am

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Both the NBA all-star game and the pro bowl suck. Neither game has any defense whatsoever. However, the pro bowl is significantly worse. Easily the worst all-star game in sports. Probably because it is the most physical game played in a setting with nothing on the line. Who wants to risk getting hurt over nothing? Until they make it worth something like MLB does, it's going to suck.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:38 am

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Yeah, Pro Bowl sucked, not even a walkthrough ripoff!! 

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:27 am

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Anyone who thinks the NBA All Star game blows may want to take a look at the ProBowl. Now that's a crappy all all star game.

As far as All Star games go, the NBA isnt that bad. The rookie game is brutal. Skills challenge is below average. The Slam dunk and 3 point contest can be interesting. The All Star game is good for what it is

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:18 am

Play without a center

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.

Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:01 am

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Last night the Denver Nuggets beat the Clippers by 21.  The Nuggets are a collection of second-tier players, none deserving of starting an all-star game.  The Clip have Griffin and Paul and Chauncey, and three less wins.  Timofey Mozgov stuffed Blake Griffin to the hardwood.  Blake Griffin had five big rebounds, Chris Paul had one.  Go ahead, y'all, anoint all these other guys as all-stars... deep into the playoffs you're gonna see the no all-star Nugs.  George Karl is doing the best coaching job of his career.  So fine to watch this team without Carmelo Anthony killing the ball movement every possession.  Nice knowin' ya, K-Mart, J.R., etc...  Denver likes the new Nuggets.    

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:57 am

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

One comment, Who or what pays the bill - without fans buying seat/jersey/etc the NBA or sports in general would go out of business so let the fans have one night to see the players they like - who cares about records - it's a night of fun for the fans.

Since: Dec 8, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:48 am

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Geez. Typical New Yorkers. Voting a billion times to get Carmelo to start, and not Chris Bosh, who is having an awsome year. Maybe his best ever. And with Howard, possibly becoming a Heat next year. Next years All-Star starters should be the Miami Heat plus a Rose from Chicago, with Bosh, Howard, James and Wade.

Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:37 am

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Really an all-star game isnt the season almost already over?

Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:23 am
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