NBA All-Star Team Starting Five Named
The starting five for the teams in the upcoming NBA All Star Games have been named. Lebron James topped the votes with more than 2.5 million, making him the only player to breach the mark three times.
Second in the votes is Kobe Bryant with 2.4 million votes. Kevin Garnett has the most number of selections among those who made it to the team. This is his 13th selection.
They were voted via fan ballot, with the leading vote recipients at each position starting the game. The rest of the team, or the reserves, are chosen by a vote among the head coaches of each squad’s particular conference. Coaches cannot vote their own players. The reserves will be announced January 28.
The coaches who currently lead the teams with the most wins in their conference will coach their respective conferences. However, the same coach cannot coach the team in consecutive seasons, on which case, the coach from the team with the second best record will serve as All-Star coach for that conference. This rule is known as the Riley Rule. Coaches will be determined January 31.
The starting team players are:
EASTERN CONFERENCE Player Team Votes Selection LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 2,549,693 6th Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics 1,978,116 13th Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 2,327,550 6th Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 1,269,568 11th Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 2,360,096 4th WESTERN CONFERENCE Carmelo Anthony Denver Nugget 2,137,560 3rd Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs 1,156,696 12th Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers 2,456,224 12th Steve Nash Phoenix Suns 1,222,235 7th Amar’e Stoudemire Phoenix Suns 1,824,093 5th