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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.
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Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:53 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

They should stop counting votes from people in LA... for everything.


Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:52 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:48 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

BS. Kevin Love deserved the starting nod way before Blake Griffin. Better scorer, rebounder, more efficient. What are "fans" basing their decidion on, dunking ability? What a joke, stupid fans get it wrong (again) Love: 25ppg 13.6RPG/ Griffin 21ppg 11.3RPG. Should be an easy decision, stop letting fans select the teams.



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:23 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

@RCR your right but the 4 players from LA come from 2 teams and you and everyone else knows damn well that the league has turned into individual all star teams with big time players all combining to play on one team so not really a bad thing that there in the All star game they should be there.  One thing I disagree with on hugely though is Griffin shouldn't be starting over Love thats just an atrocity but Love is on a small market team but still should be starting over Griffin in my opinion.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:14 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

They might as well call this LA vs Florida with a sprinkle of other teams games.

NBA is a joke, so are these pathetic All-Star line ups. At least the weekend is mildly entertaining with the likes of the Slam-Dunk contest,3pt contest, all around talent contest. Other then that its as bad as the NFL and their joke of an All-Star game.

There will be better stuff on tv that night then this crock pot of shit.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:07 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Thugs



Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:53 pm
 

Bynum is the best center in a weak field

He's having a solid year.  Doesn't make the highlights a whole lot but he's been putting up consistent production.



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:52 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

Theres not alot great centers out there. Bynum is good enough to start in the All-Star game. When Bynum really amps himself up which is not alot he can be very dominate.



Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:52 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

I am a big Laker fan, and I don't agree that Andrew Bynum is garbage.  He certainly isn't the best center in the world, but he is worthy.  However, I do feel that Marc Gasol deserves to make the All-Star game.  He is having an awesome season, and should be a part of the festivities.  Now, please spread the word, Dr. Jerry Buss, needs to get his son Jim Buss out of the Lakers front office.  We will end up looking like the Clippers have the past 25 years at this rate.  Put him in charge of the food and beverage.  He shouldn't be able to screw that up too much, but with this dim-bulb, who knows??



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:49 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star starters announced

@irongreg you are so idiotic to say that he is garbage he is averaging 16 and 12 a game?  are you kidding me who do you have starting Darko?  Get real Bynum has been a complete animal this year.


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