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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: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:33 am
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Blake Griffin's fancy dunks does not make nearly the impact it would if he did not have Chris Paul.  Kevin Love should be starting  either in place of Griffin or certainly in place of Bynum.  Love makes it cool to be on a bad team and to keep giving 100% every night.  You would never see a young fat Charles Barkley doing that.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:28 am
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Why are they even having an all-star game during a shortened season they should be playing regular season games instead this is just stupid the all star weekend sucks to begin with but throw in the fact that we have named starters thru the popularity contest we call voting after only twenty games ...... twenty games does not an all-star make



Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:22 am
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Interesting to see that LBJ only finished 3rd in the East voting. I wonder how his ego will deal with that !



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:09 am
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Whether or not Bynum is 25 best players in nba or top 10 is irrelevant.

Who are the better centers in the west ?


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Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:58 am
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:28 am
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Bynum an all-star starter?  He's not one of the 25 best players in the NBA much less the top 10.



Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:57 am
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Carmelo Anthony making the All Stars as a starter is weak.  The best all around players should be starting, not someone who shoots everytime he gets the ball and only gets a rebound off his own bricks.  Then again the Eastern Conference is weak when it comes to SF, so what are you going to do.

I wish Kevin Love would have gotten the start at PF for the West, but it's so hard to pick between him and Griffin.  I guess powerful posterizing dunks is the tie breaker between them.



Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:04 am
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Thats the MIAMI heat...Jess Sayin' Rocco



Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:55 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Bynum is the best C in the West..
Yes he has had injuries in th past, but this yr he is healthy and is having a fantastic season so.
 I agree with you the West is weak, but only at C..Fowards and guards the West have the best in the NBA!



Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:14 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Once the East can field 8 teams over .500 in the playoffs you can start talking about the weak west. Until that day, it's still the Leastern conference. Bynum is also the 2nd best center in the game, the first best plays in the east. So why is it so surprising that he is the West starter?

There are plenty of guys that you could make an argument for to be starting instead. But nobody here really stands out as not deserving. Except maybe Melo.


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