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2013 NBA All-Star starters announced

Jan 17, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

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The 2013 NBA All-Star starters were announced just after 7 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, and in the both the Eastern and Western conferences, there were no surprises.

In the east, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Garnett were the frontcourt players voted in by the fans, and Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo were selected to start at the two guard positions.

Out West, Kobe Bryant edged LeBron James as the leading vote-getter overall, and will start in the backcourt alongside Chris Paul. Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, and Dwight Howard round out the frontcourt selections.

That’s four players who play in Los Angeles representing the West starters, in case you didn’t notice.

All 10 starters were the same who held the lead for these spots when the most recent voting returns came in, and only Garnett’s spot was truly in jeopardy. But Chris Bosh was apparently unable to make a last-minute push strong enough to overtake the veteran Celtic.

In the West, there was an outside chance that Jeremy Lin might have overtaken Chris Paul, but it was a longshot at best, especially given the fact that Lin himself has said that he doesn’t deserve a spot on the team this season.

There will likely be some actual surprises when the reserves, who are selected by a vote from the league’s coaches, are announced in the weeks that follow.

The All-Star game will be played Sunday, Feb. 17 in Houston, Texas.

  1. scalfor3 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Funny that there’s beef between the two Celtics guys and…all three of the other starters for the East.

  2. money2long - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    i wonder if lin would have had a better chance to steal a starting spot had he been playing as a knick this season.

  3. dannymac17 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:22 PM


  4. amoose3 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    I know its great to have the fans involved in this process because this event is for the fans. But I really hope the coaches can make up for some of these selections (Wade, Garnett, Howard) by picking players that actually deserve it based on their performance this season.

    Personally, I hope the lesser known likes of Jrue Holiday and Paul George get recognized for the great season they are having.

  5. tolan04 - Jan 17, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Garnett and melo playing together interesting. Didn’t think kg deserved it thought boozer did.

  6. mnsportsfan - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Awesome! Nothing is better than fans from big markets force feeding the all-stars from a non playoff team and a 7th seed into the game. No grizzlies, warriors or pacers or maybe Harden? Such a joke…

  7. dallasstars9 - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    How much longer is the NBA going to allow fans to vote for all-stars who aren’t all-stars? Every year we go through this popularity contest BS. Kobe isn’t an all-star, Howard isn’t an all-star. Maybe it’s time to take the vote away from the people and give players that actually play and have the stats of an all-star a chance to play in the all-star game.

    • money2long - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      kobe isn’t an all star ?
      wrong. that is all

  8. cantonbound13 - Jan 18, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    The East is going to miss Bosh Spice’s toughness, rebounding skills & overall defensive presence. Kurt was trying his hardest to stuff the ballot when he found out he was trailing Garnett a month ago. Lol!!!!

  9. jv56pickup - Jan 28, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    I think all these guys earned the right to be the all-star starters. sure there’s others who deserved it too, but you can’t make everyone happy. I’m interested to see who will replace Rajon Rondo now that he’s out for the season.

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