NBA All-Star Game 2013: When and Where to Catch Starting Lineup Announcement

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NBA All-Star Game 2013: When and Where to Catch Starting Lineup Announcement
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Voting is finished for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game—an event that will take place on Sunday, February 17 at 8 p.m. ET—but you aren’t going to want to miss the special announcement to find out which players the fans selected to start and who was snubbed from the roster.

While we have a decent idea of who is going to be slotted into the starting lineup—due to the NBA releasing periodic returns during the voting process—there’s still some excitement hanging in the air for the broadcast.

Let’s take a look at when to watch this event, which channel to catch it on, make some projections for the starting five and much more.

 

When: Thursday, January 17 at 7 p.m. ET

Watch: TNT

Announcers: Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith

 

Projected Starting Lineups

EASTERN CONFERENCE

PG: Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics

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SG: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

SF: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

PF: LeBron James, Miami Heat

C: Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PG: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

SG: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

SF: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

PF: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

C: Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers

 

This is the first year that the NBA has done away with the “center” position and is instead using a simple system of frontcourt and backcourt players.

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It’s largely for the best, as big men like KG have been playing the 5 but been listed as a 4 for years.  Now the Big Ticket can be rewarded with a starting “frontcourt” spot and should join the All-Star Game’s lineup in his 18th season.

While the Western Conference lineup is Los Angeles-heavy—not a surprise considering this is basically a popularity contest—these players from that city actually deserve the accolades and should be starters in Houston next month.

Now let’s take a peek at the polls and see if there’s a chance for any upsets.

 

Leading Vote Getters After Third Returns (courtesy of NBA.com on Jan. 3)

*BC = Backcourt (PG and SG), FC = Frontcourt (SF, PF and C)

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Player

Team

Position

Votes

LeBron James

Miami Heat

FC

1,151,304

Carmelo Anthony

New York Knicks

FC

1,054,099

Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat

BC

765,077

Rajon Rondo

Boston Celtics

BC

675,822

Kevin Garnett

Boston Celtics

FC

390,751

Chris Bosh

Miami Heat

FC

362,973

Deron Williams

Brooklyn Nets

BC

350,618

Tyson Chandler

New York Knicks

FC

315,752

Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavaliers

BC

308,878

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Player

Team

Position

Votes

Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers

BC

1,777,456

Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City Thunder

FC

1,088,797

Dwight Howard

Los Angeles Lakers

FC

716,671

Chris Paul

Los Angeles Clippers

BC

651,893

Jeremy Lin

Houston Rockets

BC

605,624

Blake Griffin

Los Angeles Clippers

FC

593,024

Tim Duncan

San Antonio Spurs

FC

352,534

James Harden

Houston Rockets

BC

337,585

Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder

BC

268,558

 

It seems that Chris Bosh has a small chance of overtaking KG for the final frontcourt spot in the East, and Jeremy Lin can make a run at CP3’s backcourt position with a late surge of votes.

Aside from that, it seems every other potential starter has a commanding lead and, barring a miracle, should feel safe going into Thursday night’s announcement.

This is going to be a solid All-Star cast and we expect the coaches will do a great job rounding out the remainder of the rosters once the fans have spoken.

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