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NBA All-Star balloting opens with some interesting questions

Nov 15, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

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If he doesn’t come back until December, is Kobe Bryant still a starting All-Star guard in the West? Or should Stephen Curry or James Harden have that spot?

Does Kevin Love move past Tim Duncan into the starting lineup?

Is Paul George a starter in the East?

Is it time for a Derrick Rose/Kyrie Irving starting backcourt?

The NBA’s star structure is evolving and it will be interesting to see how that translates to the NBA All-Star game, specifically how fans like yourself will vote on who starts for each conference.

It’s time to think about it (yes, even just two weeks into the season) because you can vote now.

The league officially opened voting today, you can go online and vote at NBA.com/asb, or by SMS voting by texting the player’s last name to 6-9-6-2-2 (“MYNBA”), or do so when you attend an NBA game, using one of those quaint paper ballots.

Voting runs through Jan. 20.

Each conference has 60 players on the ballot and voters select the five starters in each conference. Because the list is put together before the season starts by a list of media members, guys who come out of relatively nowhere at the start of the season are not on there. Sorry Michael Carter-Williams, you still get to go to New Orleans for the rookie showcase.

The guys with the most votes from the fans get to start, then the coaches vote to select the rest of the team.

Remember, there is no “center” position anymore, you select two for the backcourt and three for the front court. That might hurt some centers, although I have a feeling Dwight Howard playing in Houston is going to do just fine (thank you international voters).

Here is a list of who made the ballot:

EAST BACKCOURT (24)

Arron Afflalo, Orlando
Ray Allen, Miami
Bradley Beal, Washington
Mario Chalmers, Miami
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto
Raymond Felton, New York
Gerald Henderson, Charlotte
George Hill, Indiana
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
Brandon Jennings, Detroit
Joe Johnson, Brooklyn
Kyle Lowry, Toronto
O.J. Mayo, Milwaukee
Victor Oladipo, Orlando
Rajon Rondo, Boston
Derrick Rose, Chicago
J.R. Smith, New York
Lance Stephenson, Indiana
Jeff Teague, Atlanta
Evan Turner, Philadelphia
Dwyane Wade, Miami
Kemba Walker, Charlotte
John Wall, Washington
Deron Williams, Brooklyn

EAST FRONTCOURT (36)

Carmelo Anthony, New York
Carlos Boozer, Chicago
Chris Bosh, Miami
Andrew Bynum, Cleveland
Tyson Chandler, New York
Luol Deng, Chicago
Andre Drummond, Detroit
Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn
Rudy Gay, Toronto
Paul George, Indiana
Marcin Gortat, Washington
Danny Granger, Indiana
Jeff Green, Boston
Tobias Harris, Orlando
Spencer Hawes, Philadelphia
Roy Hibbert, Indiana
Al Horford, Atlanta
Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee
LeBron James, Miami
Al Jefferson, Charlotte
Brook Lopez, Brooklyn
Paul Millsap, Atlanta
Greg Monroe, Detroit
Nene, Washington
Joakim Noah, Chicago
Paul Pierce, Brooklyn
Larry Sanders, Milwaukee
Josh Smith, Detroit
Amar’e Stoudemire, New York
Tristan Thompson, Cleveland
Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto
Anderson Varejao, Cleveland
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando
Gerald Wallace, Boston
David West, Indiana
Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia

WEST BACKCOURT (24)

Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix
Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers
Mike Conley, Memphis
Jamal Crawford, LA Clippers
Stephen Curry, Golden State
Goran Dragic, Phoenix
Monta Ellis, Dallas
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio
Eric Gordon, New Orleans
James Harden, Houston
Jrue Holiday, New Orleans
Ty Lawson, Denver
Damian Lillard, Portland
Jeremy Lin, Houston
Kevin Martin, Minnesota
Steve Nash, LA Lakers
Tony Parker, San Antonio
Chris Paul, LA Clippers
J.J. Redick, LA Clippers
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota
Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento
Klay Thompson, Golden State
Greivis Vasquez, Sacramento
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City

WEST FRONTCOURT (36)

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland
Ryan Anderson, New Orleans
Omer Asik, Houston
Harrison Barnes, Golden State
Nicolas Batum, Portland
Andrew Bogut, Golden State
Wilson Chandler, Denver
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento
Anthony Davis, New Orleans
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
Tyreke Evans, New Orleans
Kenneth Faried, Denver
Derrick Favors, Utah
Danilo Gallinari, Denver
Marc Gasol, Memphis
Pau Gasol, LA Lakers
Blake Griffin, LA Clippers
Gordon Hayward, Utah
Dwight Howard, Houston
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City
Andre Iguodala, Golden State
DeAndre Jordan, LA Clippers
Enes Kanter, Utah
David Lee, Golden State
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio
Kevin Love, Minnesota
Shawn Marion, Dallas
JaVale McGee, Denver
Markieff Morris, Phoenix
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
Chandler Parsons, Houston
Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota
Zach Randolph, Memphis
Tiago Splitter, San Antonio
Derrick Williams, Minnesota

  1. cbrown386 - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    A lot of underserving players are going to make it in and a lot of guys having a great year will be snubbed, same as every year. There’s a lot of names on those lists who don’t deserve to be there. Larry Sanders? Asik? Guys who haven’t touched the court all year?

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Yao Ming in the starting lineup.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Count me as one who would be surprised to see Yao Ming in the starting lineup.

      There’s no harm in giving a vote to someone like Larry Sanders. He’ll look at his tally and see that someone voted for him and you’ll make his day! He’ll go around asking his family if they were the ones who voted for him – nope, not them. “A fan really wanted me to be an all-star!? Wow!” He’ll dig that.

      That’s how you can make a real world, positive difference with an all-star ballot. Putting smiles on faces this Christmas season.

  2. chargerdillon - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    The All-Star game is nothing more than giant cash-grab for the NBA. There’s nothing honorable about being there, the games played are at best halfassed offensive displays where physical play is generally frowned against because…..because…..BECAUSE NOTHING COUNTS.

    Kobe makes the NBA more money than virtually every other shooting guard in the NBA. Name another shooting guard in the Western conference with 5 rings.

    Don’t be shocked Kobe makes the roster for doing absolutely nothing this season. What the NBA is a busines?! Shocking

  3. moseskkim - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    these lists are comprised before the season starts so thats why sanders and asik are on there. sanders was supposed to take a step forward after a solid year but i dunno what hes doing with himself.

  4. broncobeta - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    No, I didn’t read the article.

    No, Kobe shouldn’t be in the AllStar game.

  5. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 15, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Kobe shouldn’t even be on the ballot, people knew the likelihood of him playing was about nil. But he’s on, and he’ll get votes, and probably start the game, because the powers-that-be think the fans should choose, and the fans are by and large absolute idiots.

  6. asimonetti88 - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Huge huge Kobe fan but no way should he be on the ballot this year.

  7. apkyletexas - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Even uninjured, Kobe’s game is significantly less than that of Curry, Parker and Harden at this point. Not even really a contest.

  8. maddogg911 - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    An injured Kobe is still better than half of players in NBA

  9. 32magicman - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    Why do they open the voting so early? What are we 10 games in?!

  10. 00maltliquor - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    I HATE that they just lumped the C position in with the Forwards. Hate hate hate it.

    By the way, Aaron Afflalo out East needs to get a lot of votes out of respect for the way he’s played. To me he’s been the best G in the East.

  11. nhthelegend - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Sooo….say Kobe comes back in early-December, and puts up his usual Kobe numbers for the couple months preceding the All-Star break (25-28 ppt, 4-6 rbg, 4-6apg,). Will everyone who is saying he shouldn’t even be on the ballot still be saying that?

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