There are no surprises when it comes to the guys who will start during next month’s big game in Los Angeles. The obligatory Yao Ming inclusion is no longer shocking at this point: “Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, a three-time All-Star MVP, is this year’s leading vote-getter in the NBA All-Star Balloting program presented by T-Mobile with 2,380,016 votes. It is Bryant’s 13th consecutive All-Star selection; only Jerry West, Karl Malone and Shaquille O’Neal, with 14 straight nods each, have more. Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, the second leading vote-getter overall with 2,099,204, paced the Eastern Conference.”

Eastern Conference

F — Amar’e Stoudemire, New York
F — LeBron James, Miami
C — Dwight Howard, Orlando
G — Derrick Rose, Chicago
G — Dwyane Wade, Miami

Western Conference

F — Carmelo Anthony, Denver
F — Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
C — Yao Ming, Houston
G — Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
G — Chris Paul, New Orleans