NBA All-Star Game 2016: When and Where to Catch Starting Lineup Announcement

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2016

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NBA fans better get ready for some heated arguments as the league gets set to announce the starters for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.

While the midseason exhibition doesn't count in the standings, the rosters alone are often a source of contention among fans, all of them wanting their favorite players well-represented on the teams. Obviously, not everyone will be happy, especially with the starting lineups only including 10 players selected through the fan vote.

Before the controversy begins, here is everything you need to know about the upcoming announcement.

 

NBA All-Star Game Starters Announcement

When: Thursday, Jan. 21

Time: 7 p.m. ET

TV: TNT

Live Stream: TNT Overtime

NBA All-Star Voting (as of Jan. 14)
Eastern ConferenceWestern Conference
FrontcourtTeamVotesFrontcourtTeamVotes
LeBron JamesCLE830,345Kobe BryantLAL1,533,432
Paul GeorgeIND569,947Kevin DurantOKC774,782
Carmelo AnthonyNYK368,336Draymond GreenGS499,947
Andre DrummondDET361,307Kawhi LeonardSA487,626
Pau GasolCHI294,172Blake GriffinLAC396,630
GuardsGuards
Dwyane WadeMIA736,732Stephen CurryGS1,206,467
Kyrie IrvingCLE399,757Russell WestbrookOKC609,901
Kyle LowryTOR367,472Chris PaulLAC410,284
Jimmy ButlerCHI356,561Klay ThompsonGS386,053
John WallWAS281,936James HardenHOU319,596
via NBA.com

 

Top Storylines

Kobe Ending on Top

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At this point in his career, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is not the best player in the NBA. With an average of 16.3 points per game while making just 34.6 percent of his shots from the field, he isn't even close to being All-Star worthy. 

However, that hasn't stopped the fans from honoring his incredible career by voting him in as a starter for the 2016 All-Star Game. As of the latest tally, Bryant leads all players in votes and seems like he will end on top, well ahead of much more deserving players.

While the veteran guard is well-aware he is getting a gift from the fans, he admitted it means a lot to see the respect he has earned around the league, per ESPN.com's Baxter Holmes:

The All-Star Games are always tough because there's always players that deserve to make it that don't. [It happens] every year with the amount of talent that we have. That part of it. It's tough, but getting the respect from the peers and other coaches around the league is awesome.

After retiring at the end of this year, Bryant will eventually end up in the Hall of Fame, where he will live on as one of the best to ever play this game. Adding one more All-Star appearance only bolsters his incredible resume.

 

Andre Drummond Trying to Get a Spot

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This has been a breakout season for Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, who has transformed from a solid defensive big man into a legitimate superstar in his fourth year in the league. He leads the NBA in rebounding and brings in a double-double almost every game.

The problem is he currently trails Carmelo Anthony in the voting, and while the New York Knicks star is a fixture at this event, he might not be the most deserving choice.

So far the Pistons are doing their job to promote their star player with a series of entertaining tweets:

It remains to be seen whether this will pay off, especially considering the size of the New York market, but Drummond still has a chance to come from behind and finish in the third spot in the Eastern Conference voting.

 

Eastern Conference Guards

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade certainly has the popular vote to earn the starting nod for the East team, but the second backcourt spot remains very much up for grabs.

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has the inside track despite missing most of the season with a knee injury, which should really tell you all you need to know about the voting process. He simply has the name recognition, and fans are comfortable voting for a player who has proved himself in the past.

Toronto's Kyle Lowry and Chicago's Jimmy Butler also have a chance to get the final spot after strong starts to the season. Lowry earned his first All-Star selection a year ago thanks in part to a Justin Bieber boost, and he will need similar help this time around. Butler will certainly be on the roster in one way or another, but he might deserve a start as much as anyone as one of the top two-way guards in basketball.

Washington Wizards floor general John Wall also remains in the running, but he is likely too far back to make an impact. In any case, this race will likely be the most interesting to watch in the coming days.

 

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