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

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
EAST
Player Name Player Name Player Name Player Name Player Name
Kyrie Irving , G
Cleveland Cavaliers
Selections: 2
Dwyane Wade , G
Miami Heat
Selections: 10
LeBron James , F
Heat
Selections: 10
Paul George , F
Indiana Pacers
Selections: 2
Carmelo Anthony , F
New York Knicks
Selections: 7
WEST
Player Name Player Name Player Name Player Name Player Name
Stephen Curry , G
Golden State Warriors

Selections: 1
Kobe Bryant , G
Los Angeles Lakers
Selections: 16
Kevin Durant , F
Oklahoma City Thunder
Selections: 5
Blake Griffin , F
Los Angeles Clippers
Selections: 4
Kevin Love , F
Minnesota Timberwolves
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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