The first ten spots in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game have officially been filled.
Not that there was necessarily much suspense regarding who, exactly, would fill them.
On Jan. 17, the league unveiled the starters for the Eastern Conference and Western Conference squads, as determined by the fan ballot. As expected, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant emerged as the leading vote-getters on their respective teams.
LeBron will be joined in the East's frontcourt by Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett, with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo earning nods in the backcourt. Out West, Kobe will once again be sharing the court with three other L.A. residents—Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers and Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers—and Oklahoma City Thunder scoring-sensation Kevin Durant. Here's an overview of the All-Star starters and their respective performances at the ballot box, courtesy of Bleacher Report:
2013 NBA All-Star Game starters: EAST -- Wade, Rondo, LeBron, Melo, KG. WEST -- Kobe, CP3, Durant, Howard, Griffin twitter.com/BleacherReport…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 18, 2013
The coaches will determine who receives the remaining seven tickets to Houston on each side. Those reserve choices may well dictate whether the West wins its third straight showcase or the East starts a streak of its own.
For now, though, let's see how the starters stack up against one another and who will have the upper hand in each case come Feb. 17 on TNT.