Complete NBA All-Star Starting Lineups Announced

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIJanuary 17, 2013

Complete NBA All-Star Starting Lineups Announced

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    The fan votes have been counted and the numbers are official—the starting lineups have been set for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas!

    The league opted to broadcast the All-Star starters via TNT's NBA Tip-Off show at 7 p.m. ET. The result was the revelation of a handful of close races that the fans ultimately decided.

    Did Jeremy Lin complete the comeback to take the final Western Conference guard spot from Chris Paul? Was Chris Bosh able to overcome Kevin Garnett and start for the Eastern Conference?

    Perhaps most pressing of all, is it LeBron James or Kobe Bryant who received the most overall votes?

    Let's answer those questions!

Backcourt: Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics

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    Vote Total: 924,180

    Career All-Star Start: 1st

    Career All-Star Selection: 4th

    2012-13 Season Averages: 18.5 PER, 13.0 PPG, 11.2 APG, 5.1 RPG, 1.8 SPG

     

    For the first time in his relatively decorated career, Rajon Rondo will be a starting point guard during the All-Star Game.

    His latest selection marks his fourth appearance as an All-Star.

    As of Jan. 17, 2013, Rondo ranks first in the NBA at 11.2 assists per game. Second behind him is Chris Paul at 9.7.

    A full 1.5 dimes behind.

    A major reason for this statistical advantage is Rondo's legendary streak of 37 consecutive games with at least 10 assists. A span that ranks second all-time.

    Rondo also ranks third amongst guards at 5.1 rebounds per contest. The seventh-year point guard also ranks eighth with 1.85 steals per game.

    Furthermore, Rondo ranks second by position in field-goal percentage.

    For those concerned with his mid-range game, don't be. Rondo places third in shooting percentage from 16-to-23 feet amongst point guards that average at least 30.0 minutes per game.

    At the age of 26, Rondo is, once again, an All-Star.

Backcourt: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

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    Vote Total: 1,052,310

    Career All-Star Start: 8th

    Career All-Star Selection: 9th

    2012-13 Season Averages: 22.8 PER, 19.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 4.4 APG, 1.4 SPG

     

    Happy Birthday, Dwyane Wade. You're an All-Star.

    Wade will make his ninth career All-Star Game appearance and eighth career start.

    Wade presently ranks ninth in the NBA in scoring and leads all Eastern Conference shooting guards in said category. He also ranks fourth in rebounding and eighth in assists by position.

    Wade's 1.36 steals per game places him first amongst Eastern Conference shooting guards.

    To top it all off, Wade is posting career-best shooting percentages of 50.4 from the floor and 35.9 from beyond the arc.

    Paired with a massive level of popularity, Wade was a favorite from the start to make an All-Star appearance. It all played out as expected.

Frontcourt: LeBron James, Miami Heat

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    Vote Total: 1,583,646

    Career All-Star Start: 9th

    Career All-Star Selection: 9th

    2012-13 Season Averages: 29.8 PER, 26.0 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 6.9 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.9 BPG

     

    Do we really need to explain this one?

    LeBron James has been an All-Star starter every season but his rookie campaign. This year, he just so happens to be strengthening his legend.

    LeBron became the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 20,000-point plateau. He also eclipsed 5,000 career assists.

    If historical achievements mean nothing to an All-Star selection, allow his work in 2012-13 to serve as a resume.

    James presently ranks fifth in scoring, 10th in assists and 26th in rebounding. He also ranks 14th in steals and has a positional rank of sixth in blocks per game.

    Furthermore, James ranks first in Player Efficiency Rating for the sixth consecutive season. James also ranks second in Value Added and Estimated Wins Added.

    LeBron's ninth career All-Star selection goes without question.

Frontcourt: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

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    Vote Total: 1,460,950

    Career All-Star Start: 5th

    Career All-Star Selection: 6th

    2012-13 Season Averages: 25.7 PER, 29.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.0 SPG

     

    As the leader of the second-seed New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony has thrust himself into the MVP conversation.

    As a result, Anthony is making his sixth career All-Star appearance and fifth All-Star start.

    For the season, 'Melo ranks second in scoring at 29.3 points per game. Anthony is also posting an incredible slash line of .461/.421/.821.

    As for the more advanced statistics, 'Melo ranks fourth in Player Efficiency Rating. He also places seventh in both Value Added and Estimated Wins Added.

    The numbers speak volumes to how well Anthony has been playing. Yet another All-Star Game appearance simply pays 'Melo the respect he deserves.

Frontcourt: Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics

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    Vote Total: 553,222

    Career All-Star Start: 11th

    Career All-Star Selection: 15th

    2012-13 Season Averages: 18.6 PER, 14.6 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.1 SPG

     

    Kevin Garnett will make his 15th career All-Star Game appearance. 2013 will mark his 11th All-Star game start.

    It is KG's first selection since 2011 and first start since 2010.

    Garnett was involved in a heated race with Chris Bosh for the final frontcourt spot in the All-Star starting lineup. KG led Bosh by 20,522 votes after the third returns (via NBA.com).

    Garnett proved to be the eventual victor.

    For the season, Garnett is averaging 14.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. KG's overall production hasn't been this low since his rookie season in 1995-96.

    Garnett ranks fifth amongst qualified Eastern Conference centers in Player Efficiency Rating at 18.6. KG ranks 55th in the NBA in Value Added and 53rd in Estimated Wins Added.

    As for his statistical impact on the Boston Celtics, the team is allowing an average of 90.0 points per 48 minutes with Garnett on the floor.

    When he is on the bench, the Celtics are allowing 100.5 per 48.

    The legendary big man pads his Hall of Fame resume by making his 15th career All-Star Game appearance in 18 seasons. Not bad.

Backcourt: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

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    Vote Total: 929,155

    Career All-Star Start: 4th

    Career All-Star Selection: 6th 

    2012-13 Season Averages: 26.6 PER, 16.8 PPG, 9.7 APG, 3.5 RPG, 2.6 SPG

     

    Chris Paul is making his sixth career All-Star Game appearance and fourth career start.

    During the third voting returns, it was reported that Paul had a 46,269 vote advantage over Jeremy Lin. CP3 held on to earn his third consecutive All-Star Game start.

    As for why he's here, CP3 is the leader of a 30-9 Los Angeles Clippers squad. The Clippers rank seventh in scoring offense and fourth in scoring defense.

    Per the statistics, CP3 leads the NBA in steals per game for the fifth time in six seasons. He also ranks second in assists and third amongst point guards in field-goal percentage.

    Paul is also ninth amongst point guards at 16.8 points per game. He places 11th in rebounding at 3.5 per.

    CP3 is also third overall in Player Efficiency Rating and fourth in Value Added and Estimated Wins Added.

Backcourt: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

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    Vote Total: 1,591,437

    Career All-Star Start: 15th

    Career All-Star Selection: 15th

    2012-13 Season Averages: 24.9 PER, 29.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 4.8 APG, 1.5 SPG

     

    Kobe Bryant is making his 15th career All-Star Game appearance and start. He was also the league's leading vote-getter.

    He has been selected in every season since 2000.

    At the age of 34, Bryant is the NBA's scoring leader at 29.9 points per game. He's also sixth in Player Efficiency Rating.

    Bryant presently ranks third in Value Added and Estimated Wins Added. Furthermore, he's eighth amongst qualified shooting guards in true shooting percentage.

    In fact, Bryant is shooting a career-best 47.8 percent from the floor. During his 17th season.

    Bryant also places third amongst shooting guards in rebounds, assists and steals per game.

    Bryant is currently tied with Bob Pettit with four All-Star Game MVP awards. Will he take No. 5 in 2013 and set yet another NBA record?

    Don't count that possibility out.

Frontcourt: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Vote Total: 1,504,047

    Career All-Star Start: 3rd

    Career All-Star Selection: 4th

    2012-13 Season Averages: 28.8 PER, 28.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.6 SPG, 1.3 BPG

     

    Kevin Durant is making his fourth career All-Star Game appearance and third start.

    He was the 2012 All-Star Game MVP.

    As of Jan. 17, 2013, the three-time scoring champion ranks third with 28.7 points per game. He's also averaging 7.5 rebounds and career bests of 4.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.3 blocks.

    Durant is also posting career-high percentages across the board at .525/.402/.901.

    As we dig deeper, Durant places second in the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating. Slightly ahead of him is LeBron James.

    Durant exacts revenge by ranking first in the league in Value Added and Estimated Wins Added.

    Durant also ranks second amongst players who average at least 25.0 minutes per game in True Shooting Percentage. At .652, he's miles ahead of the next qualified perimeter player.

    Ray Allen presently sits at .622.

    Durant has had an extraordinary season. The fans rewarded him for such. 

Frontcourt: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

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    Vote Total: 863,832

    Career All-Star Start: 2nd

    Career All-Star Selection: 3rd

    2012-13 Season Averages: 22.4 PER, 17.7 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.5 SPG

     

    In his third year in the league, Blake Griffin makes his third career All-Star Game appearance.

    This marks his second career start as an All-Star.

    For the season, Griffin is averaging 17.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Griffin is second to Tim Duncan in scoring per 48 minutes amongst power forwards.

    The Kia spokesman places second by position in assists per game.

    Griffin also ranks third in Player Efficiency Rating and second in both Value Added and Estimated Wins Added.

    Furthermore, Griffin is the eighth-ranked power forward in 16-to-23-foot field-goal percentage and attempts per game.

    Griffin is having a remarkable season for the 30-9 Los Angeles Clippers.

Frontcourt: Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers

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    Vote Total: 922,070

    Career All-Star Start: 6th

    Career All-Star Selection: 7th

    2012-13 Season Averages: 20.5 PER, 17.8 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 2.6 BPG, 1.0 SPG

     

    Dwight Howard will be making his seventh career All-Star Game appearance and sixth start.

    It will be his first time as a member of the Western Conference All-Stars.

    Amongst centers, Howard ranks second in points per game. He places third in both blocks and field-goal percentage.

    Howard leads the league in rebounds per game and places fourth by position in steals.

    His rank of eighth amongst centers in assists is icing on the cake.

    As for the advanced statistics, D12 ranks eighth amongst centers averaging at least 20.0 minutes in PER. He places fifth in Value Added and Estimated Wins Added.

    D12 is the only center in the NBA to rank 10th or better in each of those statistical areas.

    Howard led all Western Conference interior players in votes received (via NBA.com).