2014 NBA All-Star starters: Kobe, Love, Curry in; Howard out

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

The West All-Star starters were surprising. (via TNT)
The West All-Star starters were surprising. (via TNT)

The 2014 NBA All-Stars were announced Thursday night on TNT's "Inside the NBA."

2014 NBA All-Star Game Starting Lineups
Player NamePlayer NamePlayer NamePlayer NamePlayer Name
Kyrie Irving, G
Selections: 2
Dwyane Wade, G
Selections: 10
LeBron James, F
Selections: 10
Paul George, F
Selections: 2
Carmelo Anthony, F
Selections: 7
Player NamePlayer NamePlayer NamePlayer NamePlayer Name
Stephen Curry, G

Selections: 1
Kobe Bryant, G
Selections: 16
Kevin Durant, F
Selections: 5
Blake Griffin, F
Selections: 4
Kevin Love, F
Selections: 3

The big takeaways are that Curry overtook Chris Paul for starter status, but more importantly, Kevin Love took Dwight Howard's spot. It was believed he would overtake Griffin, but instead it's Howard that drops out. It's a massive upset that leaves questions about the hit a player takes in popularity when they leave the Lakers, and a changing perception of exactly how dominant Howard is. Huge upset.

For our take on the All-Star Reserves, click here.

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