We've reached the midway point of the 2012-13 NBA season which means the league's premiere athletic showcase is just weeks away, to be held on Feb. 17 in Houston.
The fans have done their due diligence via tweet and text choosing each conference's starting five, released last week.
Representing the Eastern Conference is Rajon Rondo, making his fourth consecutive selection, but first as a starter. Joining Rondo in the backcourt is Dwyane Wade, an All-Star every year since 2005.
In fact, Wade hit the game-winner the last time the classic was played in Houston back in 2006. Our next starter was MVP of that game—LeBron James, who will start his ninth straight NBA All-Star game.
The Western Conference is headlined by Kobe Bryant, a four-time All-Star MVP winner. Joining him is three-time reigning scoring champ Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris "Cliff" Paul, 2011 Slam Dunk champion Blake Griffin and three-time Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard.
The starters are often the easy choices, the no-brainers. Picking the reserves is where it gets tricky.
Each conference's coaches are asked to select two backcourt players, three frontcourt players and two wild-cards, meaning they can be chosen without regard to their position. They vote only for their conference and cannot vote for their own players.
So, let's fill out the rosters. We start with the East.
*All statistics current as of 1/22/13.