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NBA All-Star Game Starters, Final Ballot and Roster Predictions

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Eric BallFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2012

After enduring the painful TNT Tipoff show that teased us till the very end, the 2012 NBA All-Star starters have been announced, via NBA.com.

With the game scheduled to be played at Orlando arena, it comes as no surprise that Orlando Magic forward Dwight Howard was the leading votes with 1,600,390. Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant led the Western Conference with 1,555,479.

The votes were 100 percent from the fans, and the reserves will be selected by the head coaches for each side and will be announced next Thursday for the game on Sunday, February 26th.

Here’s the full starting lineup:

 

Eastern Conference:

G: Derrick Rose- Chicago Bulls (1,514,723)

G: Dwyane Wade- Miami Heat (1,334,223)

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C: Dwight Howard- Orlando Magic (1,600,390)

F: LeBron James- Miami Heat (1,360,680)

F: Carmelo Anthony- New York Knicks (1,041,290)

 

Western Conference:

G: Chris Paul- New Orleans Hornets (1,138,743)

G: Kobe Bryant- Los Angeles Lakers (1,555,479)

C: Andrew Bynum- Los Angeles Lakers (1,051,945)

F: Kevin Durant- Oklahoma City Thunder (1,345,566)

F: Blake Griffin- Los Angeles Clippers (876,451)

 

Final Ballot:

If the coaches take the fan vote into account, here are the player’s that will likely get the nod off the bench:

East:

Guard: Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics 547,110; Ray Allen, Celtics (382,147); Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets (208,697)

Forward:  Amar’e Stoudemire, Knicks (383,734); Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics (367,914); Chris Bosh, Miami (324,605)

Center: Joakim Noah, Bulls (236,497); Tyson Chandler, Knicks (166,077)

 

West:

 

Guard: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves (397,456); Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns (276,268); Russell Westbrook, Thunder (262,186)

Forward: Pau Gasol, Lakers (470,353); Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (468,435); Kevin Love, Timberwolves (373,800)

Center: DeAndre Jordan, Clippers (322,056), Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies (285,525)

 

Predictions:

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The Celtics will be well-represented because of their tenure, but neither Garnett nor Allen truly deserves to be there. Then again, neither does John Wall or Jose Calederon, so I’m ok with picking them.

I think the fans did a terrific job of picking the most deserving players (aside from voting ‘Melo a starter), and the one that stands out is Rubio.

It appears as if everybody has been tracking his progress as he continues to get better every night. He deserves the nod, as does Nash. Hopefully they can play together at some point.

Westbrook deserves a spot, as does Nowitzki and Love. Leave the Gasol brothers and Jordan at home. 

 

Projected Reserves:

East: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Deron Williams, Amare Stoudemire, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh and Luol Deng

West: Ricky Rubio, Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan

 

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