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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: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:02 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Agree, All you hear is whining about having to pay back to back nights. Honestly. Travel is certainly tough but playing hard for 30 minutes and having to do it 2 nights in a row. Things could be a lot worse.  Quality of games has been brutal.



Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:59 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Bynum is the best that the West has ?  really ?  Alway injured and all about potential. Shows just how weak the west is.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:53 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Huge Knicks fan here, and gotta say that Melo over Bosh is ridic.  Fan-controlled All-Star voting makes a total mockery of the designation.



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:50 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

What does a record have to do with a player?  Griffin also has a much better supporting cast then Love so your argument is flawed.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:29 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Love is deserving, but so is Griffin. Last I checked though, the Timberwolves had a losing record.



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:56 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

How can you pick a llstar team after 5 1/2 weeks of a season. ? Lol



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:49 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

This game is all about selling merchandise. More jersey's for sale!




Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:30 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Typical NBA!  The quality of play on the court has been BRUTAL!!!!  In a truncated season, they will still hold the AS game...why???  Stern is a complete idiot and this proves it even more.  Let's play 3 days in a row and play 66 games in 2 less months, but let's play a meaningless game???  You do not need a Harvard MBA to figure this one out.



Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:27 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

hey idiots, this all star game is for the fans, its ENTERTAINMENT!!! they get to pick the starting lineup because they are the ones makingthe league the money. if they wanna see blake getting oops from paul nd bryant and other then they deserve it. i dont agree on some of these selections either. the biggest travesty of any starter is melo. hes HORRIBLY OVERRATED. points wise yeah ok cool hes good at jacking up 30 shots and not even scoring 30 points lol. andre igoudala is having a way better season then melo and thats just one person. melo in no way shape or form should be starting in the all star game. thats way worse then griffin over love.

now im not saying iggy is theo ne who should start because he shouldnt. but melo shouldnt be starting. he sucks and he has made the knicks the laughing stock ofthe nba right now.

note to coaches: look what iggy has done across the  board this year please. look at the sixers record. then put it all together and please give iggy the nod forthe AS game that he rightfully deserves(and again im not saying he should be starting, but i think this year hes the better player over melo).

GO SIXERS!!



Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:08 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Quit crying everyone.....The coaches will get the rest right, and the "snubs" will be forgotten.
Everyone wants their favorite player in, and it doesnt always happen that way. 


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