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Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  94 responses

2012 NBA All-Star Game Starters Announced


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Many of the usual suspects will headline this year’s NBA All-Star game in Orlando.

Though the game will take place in Florida, with the Dwight Howard drama gloomily and awkwardly hanging over the festivities, there will be a heavy L.A. presence on the court.

The NBA has details on the starting lineups for the mid-season showcase:

Joining Howard in the Eastern Conference starting lineup at the forward position are the Miami Heat’s LeBron James (1,360,680), the 2006 and 2008 All-Star Game MVP, and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (1,041,290). The starters for the East at guard are the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose (1,514,723) and the Heat’s Dwyane Wade (1,334,223), the 2010 All-Star Game MVP.

[Kobe] Bryant, who joins Hall of Famer Bob Pettit (1956, 1958, 1959 and 1962) as the only four-time All-Star Game MVPs in NBA history, is joined in the Western Conference starting backcourt by the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul (1,138,743). The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant (1,345,566) and the Clippers’ Blake Griffin (876,451), making his first All-Star Game start, are the starting forwards. The Lakers’ Andrew Bynum, a first-time All-Star, gets the nod at center (1,051,945). This marks the first time since 1997 (Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley, and Seattle’s Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton) that two pair of teammates have been voted to start for one conference.

We should know who the reserves are soon enough, and teams with the two best records in each conference by February 15th will send their coaches to the big game.

Dwight Howard led all players in fan voting (1,600,390), followed by Kobe Bryant (1,555,479). The NBA All-Star Game takes place on February 26th.

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  • Lp

    Ok ill use this platform to say this: Blakes dunk on Perkins was a dunk. Not a layup. If you think like it was a layup, youve never dunked in your life.

  • http://www.thesmashbrothas.com zen garden

    who ever voted for melo is dumbin

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    I definitely posted an article on my blog yesterday with the all star starters and I do NOT agree with Melo being a starter. I think Chris Bosh deserved that spot this year. Melo has been in and out of the lineup and the Knicks SUCK (and I’m from New York). Melo is my man, but his name got him a starting spot this year!

  • Fred

    @ zen garden… Melo season stats: 23.8 PPG – 6.5 RPG – 4.3 APG. Name me a better forward in the East except of LeBron.

  • Justin G.

    Agreed that Melo shouldn’t be starting. Not surprising either that 8 of these 10 will be on the final team for the Olympics.

  • Paul H

    Melo Is shooting a career worst from the field, he’s supposed to be the leader and Saviour of a team that has now lost 8 of their last 10 and he still couldn’t stop a guy on defense If his life depended on It. I hate the heat but there is just no way he should be In over Chris Bosh.

  • Justin G.

    There you go Fred. Paul H just did. ;-)

  • tomtom

    I have been one of Bosh’s biggest critics but yup, he is playing better than Melo this year and his team is doing better.

  • MGS928

    @ KHoliday, are you Chris Bosh?

  • LA Huey

    Bosh over Melo. Bosh plays solid defense, team basketball, and his team is winning. Along with LeBron, kept the Heat running with Wade sidelined. Melo is a no-defense, ball stopper on a crappy team, in a crappy division, in the lesser conference in the league. The Knicks are only half a game ahead of the Nets in the standings. Melo is an All-Star RESERVE.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    cosign Paul H… get melo all the way the F*ck outta this all-star game

  • jazmin

    melo SHOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN THAT SPOT ! THEY DO NOT GIVE CHRIS BOSH THE CREDIT HE DESERVES ! HE SHOULD DEFINATELY BE STARTING IN THE ALL STAR GAME !

  • LP

    The all-star starters are non-debatable, its supposed to be fan voting. Melo is who the fans want to see. The reserves will be the debate.

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    Oh gawd another bash on Melo campaign… a lot of these threads are just as predictable as who gets voted to start the all-star game. Bosh does deserve it though. But then again so does Danny Granger.

  • LA Huey

    The All-Star reserves are non-debatable, its supposed to be coaches voting. See what I did there? Everything can be debated.

  • http://yahoo.com HEFFALUMPH

    wtf!, where’s scalabrine!

  • ripslam

    Just gonna say that this year’s All-Star unis are terribad. Lord, from the tacky lettering/number font to the weird bubbly texture, just awful.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    MGS928, Are you Melo? Your name seems to be a play on Madison Square Garden and the numbers could represent the Knicks record! Hmmmmmm….

    Btw, I’m not the only one that thinks Melo shouldnt be starting.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    I’m just waiting for next week’s announcement of the all-star reserves, and then I will argue…

  • LP

    Michael Jordan is the greatest player ever. THIS isn’t debatable. See what I did there?

  • MeloMan15

    seems like every post concerning the Knicks becomes to a hate on Melo spree. No worries, Melo will turn it around… and then you bandwagon fans will be on him

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Some think cucumbers taste better pickled…see what I did there? Cuz I sure don’t

  • bashmo

    CP THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE 5TH ALL STAR SELECTION YEAH BOY

  • shawnkemp4prez

    Melo getting the All-Star start is like Iverson a few years ago…completely undeserved, but it’s what the fans want. Still the best all-star game in sports, namely better than that craptastic NFL Pro Bowl.

  • JerseyJayhawks

    People are funny. 97% of you were all on Melo’s jock last year and at the start of this years season. He belongs in the line up because they never pick the All Star Line Up fair. You should know that by the West leaving LaMarcus Aldridge out of their starting 5. LA is a monSTAR but they picked the sophmore Must See BG and Bynum? Wait..Andrew Bynum? smh. No Doubt. MELO…my man…enjoy your starting spot. If Andrew Bynum “earned” his, then you most certainly deserve yours playboy

  • shutup

    Well i guess we can put to rest who is the best pf in the league, Carmelo Anthony…….lololololololololololol

  • bdogg

    kobe making his 14th appearance…like the blue and red jerseys….i hope nike has a shoe for the mamba that matches his jersey and not the big bang! i would like a red kix like the YOTD wit the all star colors of grey and gold with infra red to match the jersey..i will cop that…come on nike!! lets do it! and yes, i will hold off on jersey for kb til olympics..i dont rock adidas jerseys! hand down..man down!

  • LA Huey

    Someone’s doing it wrong. Facts aren’t debatable.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Joel anthony didn’t make it? I am disappointed

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    This has become nothing more than a popularity contest which explains why Melo and BGriff made it over CB1 and KLove.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I can even make a case that Wade has no business being a starter at the 2 spot given that his team has a better record without him in the lineup and his numbers all across the board are the worst since his rook season but the 2spot in the East is so bad that he gets in by default.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    JTaylor
    I kind of agree with you but who else would you put in at the 2 spot? Joe Johnson maybe? Guy has been balling lately.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LA and KLove both deserve to start ahead of Griffin. But no complaints here, Blake will put on a show. I just hope Lowry makes it as a reserve.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Uhm, Kyrie Irving better be an all-star. He almost deserves to start with how good he has been. 18 – 3 – 5 in 28 minutes on 51-41-82 is some crazy efficiency and production for a Rookie.

  • LP

    kyrie almost deserves to start??? lol! Duke Fan Much????

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Not even a little.

  • LA Huey

    Yeah, nbk. I like Irving too and dude might deserve a spot on the team but not starting.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    infact, I thought Kyrie Irving wasn’t worth the first pick in the draft. And I also didn’t think he would be anywhere near an elite PG at any time in his career. But I’m also cool with the fact that I was dead wrong. And can appreciate that if Irving was actually playing heavy minutes, he would be producing at the exact same rate as the guy who is starting and has been injured.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    LA Huey, I said “almost” deserves to start. Not “does” deserve to start.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    No Ayon???

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    That 2:03 comment isn’t me but I agree with nbk Irving is balling and will be an All Star pretty soon if not this year.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    its not a travesty for Blake to be starting he’s playing well and his team is winning but carmelo on the other hand probably should be coming off the bench.

  • LA Huey

    I forgot to make it clear that I don’t think he’s a clear choice for an All-Star. Thus, my questioning you saying he “almost” deserves a starting spot.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Who the point guard in the east that deserve to get in over him? Huey, I may just be overlooking something, but I don’t see who should. Jrue Holiday cuz he’s leading a winner?

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    brandon jennings is putting up all-star #… and d.will is back to his old self neither of them are winning tho… honestly D.will has only made like two all-star games tho so I’d throw him in there. Irving will probably make a couple in the future.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ahh Deron Williams, I was forgetting someone. My bad.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Rushelle34 Rushelle

    Disappointed with the WEST Line-ups. No Dallas? That’s Impossible.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Rushelle34 Rushelle

    @datkid yeah that’s true brandon jennings should be in the line up as well

  • http://www.twitter.com/Rushelle34 Rushelle

    What’s up with MELO? you gotta be kidding me

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Irving has been better then Jennings, just plays less minutes

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Sorry nbk, but I’d take Jennings at this point over Kyrie. Better scoring, better record, and (I have to say it) a much more entertaining style of play.

  • Red

    I’ll take anyone over Jennings.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    And for the record,
    East: Rose, Wade, Bron, Melo, Dwight, Bosh, Deron, Pierce, Josh, Jennings, Johnson, Granger, Iggy
    West: Paul, Kobe, Durant, Blake, Bynum, Love, Aldridge, Nash, Pau, Gay, Westbrook, RUBIO (jk, probably someone like Monta)

  • LA Huey

    nbk, for me, Irving’s got Deron, Joe Johnson, ahead of him at the guard spot. I got Bosh, Josh Smith, Deng, and Iggy as my other reserves. That leaves one spot for Kyrie if he can impress the coaches enough for them to omit some veterans based on their reputation (The Tim Duncan rule). I’ll take Kyrie over Jennings though but more based on my dislike/disappointment for/in Jennings.

  • str8 from samoa

    thats why i hate when ppl vote..

  • Yessir

    KEVIN LOVE WAS ROBBED.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Irving would only be eligible for the reserve PG spot, as Iguodala and Johnson going to take up the SG a. Utility reserve positions. Despite Jennings higher average, he is shooting 43% to Irving’s 51% And is actually scorer at a lower clip. Just plays 8 more minutes.

  • Armando

    OK, Bynum is having a career year, but really, players who are able to play more than one positon and regularly does should be listed on the ballot at both positons. Not saying Drew’s bad, but he’ll be taking up a place on the team that should go to a more deserving player. Imo Aldridge or Love should get the starting nod at the 5 in the ASG just because they’re better players.

    West:
    Paul
    Bryant
    Durant
    Griffin
    Aldridge
    Westbrook
    Gasol
    Love
    Gay
    Nash
    Ellis? Bynum? Parker?

    East: (again hard to find 12 deserving players)
    Rose
    Wade
    James
    Bosh
    Howard
    Rondo
    Williams
    Deng
    Smith
    Stoudemire
    Anthony
    Johnson? Jennings? Pierce?

    Hard to leave Dirk off the west squad but although we all know he’s way better than what we’ve seen so far injuries has severely affected his level of play thus far.. won’t count him out come june though… Marc Gasol and Al Jefferson should be considered.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Agree with you Armando.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Armando, how can you put Deng on there? He’s been hurt for a while. Same goes for Rondo. And as for Stoudemire, I hope you know that last night was actually the first time this season that he scored over 25 points in a game. That’s pathetic and he in no way deserves an All-Star nod over somebody like Pierce who has been balling lately.

  • LaKid

    Love>Blake

  • http://www.raga.com ragamuffin

    A shame that Bynum gets in over Gasol, or over Gasol. You’re all xenophobes.

  • gusisit

    i hope deron williams gets in, hes having an awful year, if he does get in its because of his name

  • gusisit

    ^ i meant doesn’t

  • robb

    CB and Love deserved the starting spot. And ragamuffin you’re dumb as f*ck if you think Gasol deserves the starting spot more than Bynum.

  • Red

    Cp3 and Carmelo have been injured too. Deng deserves it this year, Jennings shouldn’t get in he’s not good enough.

  • Justin G.

    Just because you’re playing well lately doesn’t mean you should get an All Star nod. Yeah, DWill and Pierce have been playing well as of late but not enough over the entire year to garner getting on the team. By that token, if we’re just talking about when guys are healthy, Bargnani should be there. Obviously he’s injured now but what if he’s back by the time coaches pick the reserves? Great start to the season and playing as well as any PF in the East with maybe the exception of Bosh. Obviously KLove got robbed but since it’s a fan’s vote nobody is going to vote for someone so they can see rebounds. They want flashy plays.

  • Hulahula

    Center sucks this day

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    I would take Love over Blake ANY day

  • Dma

    Hey at least we can all rejoice that Yao Ming isn’t starting right?

  • golakeshow

    Why is Chris Paul here? Dwight freeney would be a better choice! Freeney has singlehandedly lifted the bobcats to contender status!! WTF!!! Stupid NHL!!!!! And why is Blake griffin here!! Put wizards forward Alex Rodriguez at the spot!!!

  • Armando

    @Caboose: I hear you.. and yeah I guess you’re kind of right, particularly with Stoudemire, but Rondo should be there, and Deng was straight ballin before the injury… I just can’t seem to find anyone more deserving in the east. Bargs, hell no, no Raps or Bobcats deserves spots… but yes, Amar’e should probably be swapped for Johnson and Pierce or Jennings could very well be the 12th guy on that team. My main point though was the positions on the ballot which it really should be done something about.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Nash will be the best PG to NOT make the allstar game this year (perhaps…) see what i did there?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Dma: So you’re telling me there were better centers in the West, more deserving of the All-Star starter spot than Yao Ming when healthy? I don’t think so.

  • shutup

    did tony parker really go off for 42 against OKC? I know the west is stacked but he should be an allstar this year and he is def top 5 pg’s in the game today

  • danny

    @Fred: Danny Granger is a better forward then Melo

  • BBaller

    SLAM “where see what i did there” happens

  • BBaller

    Even though i believe K.Love and Aldridge deserve to be the ALL Star forward reserves, if you honestly were to ask them if they think they are better players even at this point in time than T.Duncan then i bet they would say Hell No. Timmy is playing so well per minute he is given and is still in my eyes an ALL STAR!!!!! 19pts and 9 reb in 22 minutes the other day!!!When required he is still the same dominant player.No SPurs or Mavericks in the ALL STAR game is a travesty.

  • BBaller

    ALL STAR game =48 minute dunk contest, not an actual BBall game.

  • Justin G.

    BBaller, he also had back to back single digit point games too. It’s not a travesty when no player on either team is playing well enough CONSISTENTLY to be there

  • golakeshow

    Why is Lebron James here. I think pistons PG Eli mannings mom should start at left tackle

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    Big players make big plays!!! Giants 2012 Superbowl Champs worrd upp!!!

  • BBaller

    I think Tony is playing pretty well( cough 42 points cough)and consistent, TD may miss out, although a shame because as i stated he still is an All star. So was Aldridge last year so i guess someone has to be left out.TD will take his omission with the regular humility.Not a fan of the Mavs but got to say Dirk is an ALL star too.It may well depend if the West’s coach wants to win the game or just put on a show.

  • BBaller

    Call me old school but i enjoy seeing the defense being broken down over some Olympic athlete bulldozing down the lane and just dunking.The All star game can and should highlight BBall’s strategic side of the game also. that is, the best offenses v the best defenses in the game.Just my take on the game….

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    Yao Ming actually should still be starting, damb feet… but hey it was about time Bynum.

  • Justin G.

    I’m with you on that one Bballer. I’d rather see a competitive game vs. matador defense for a fancy dunk. Offer a big incentive to the winners. Not homecourt for the Finals like baseball does but even if it’s money, they’ll play for it. There’s pride on the line for a lot of these guys. Having them play to win will bring out the best in everyone and I think the best quality basketball. I know that there are those that will say there’s worry about injury and fatigue but you can still play the guys close to the same minutes, and you can get just as injured just going up for a simple rebound and coming down on someone’s foot as you can if you’re doing it in a competitive game.

  • BBaller

    I’ve always looked forward to the ALL star game, however, has the option to create a competitive game involving home grown v internationals been discussed by the NBA. D.Rose(CP3), Kobe(Wade), Lebron( Melo),Durant(Bosh) , Howard( Bynum) v Nash (Parker), Manu,Deng( Gallianari), Dirk( Barginani), Gasol(Bogut). This would provide more incentive than money. It would be a great spectacle!!!

  • BBaller

    Yes i know they have the Olympics but when Team USA want to win there is no other nation on Earth that stands a 20 point chance. 2006 Argentina was a fluke.

  • Justin G.

    I think the reason they don’t have that is for the lineups you just posted BBaller

  • BBaller

    @ Justin G, do you think it would be that 1 sided, the internationals have a decent team if all are in their primes. They stand a better chance than one other single national team. Nash,Manu,Deng,Dirk,Gasol? Not bad.Still my money would always be on the home Team USA.

  • Jman

    L.A deserves a spot he is workin his a** off and dropped a 39 point game against the best team in the N.B.A??? He has been sh***** on all posts he is unstoppable! He is a man and deserves it, if he doesn’t get a reserve this years All Star game is a f’ing stupd…

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  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Foot sucking

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Test

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