NBA All-Star 2016 Starters Announced

    By Victoria Barnett

    1779092_10200538814511826_1667962314_n_-_Copy-563611-edited.jpgThe 65th NBA All-Star game will tip off on Sunday, February 14 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. This will be the first All-Star game held outside of the U.S. and will be seen by fans in more than 200 countries and territories. Voting for the 2016 NBA All-Star came to a close earlier this week, and the results are in! Take a look below at which players have earned starting spots on the lineup.

    NBA All-Star 2016 Starters

    Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant received the most votes with 1,891,614, making this the 18th time to be selected as an NBA All-Star. This four-time All-Star MVP and top scorer in history finished ahead of Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry, who earned his third straight starting spot with 1,604,325 votes. 

    NBA_All-Star_2015-QuintEvents-13-1.jpgA couple of players were voted starters for the first time: the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook and the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard. In fact, this is the first time Leonard has received an All-Star berth. This is an exciting moment for Leonard as he joins Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players in NBA history to be named All-Star, Finals MVP and Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

    These four players make up the Western Conference starting lineup joined by Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, a now seven-time All-Star. 

    The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James led the Eastern Conference with 1,089,206 votes, earning his 12th All-Star selection. The Indiana Pacers’ Paul George and the New York Knick’s Carmelo Anthony join LeBron in the East. This will be the ninth trip for Anthony and the third trip for George.

    The guards for the Eastern Conference include the Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry and the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, who finished with 941,466 votes and was chosen to be an All-Star for the 12th time.

    Fun Facts

    Kobe Bryant’s 18th All-Star berth moved him one behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most all time.

    Kevin Durant owns the record for highest scoring average in All-Star game history (26.0 points).

    Steph Curry becomes the first Golden State Warrior to start three All-Star Games in a row since Rick Barry (1974-1976).

    The NBA’s 30 head coaches will select the reserves for the All-Star game. They must vote seven players within their conference – two guards, three frontcourt players and two additional players. They are not allowed to vote for players on their own team.

    Starting Lineups
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    Western Conference Eastern Conference

    Kobe Bryant

    Stephen Curry

    Kevin Durant

    Kawhi Leonard

    Russell Westbrook

    Carmelo Anthony

    Paul George

    LeBron James

    Kyle Lowry

    Dwyane Wade


    Voting Results

    Eastern Conference

    Frontcourt Guards

    1 LeBron James (Cle) 1,089,206

    2 Paul George (Ind) 711,595

    3 Carmelo Anthony (NY) 567,348

    4 Pau Gasol (Chi) 566,988

    5 Andre Drummond (Det) 515,296

    6 Kristaps Porzingis (NY) 473,579

    7 Chris Bosh (Mia) 351,420

    8 Kevin Love (Cle) 332,685

    9 Hassan Whiteside (Mia) 301,362

    10 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 84,617

    11 Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 73,079

    12 Joakim Noah (Chi) 48,509

    13 DeMarre Carroll (Tor) 46,044

    14 Marcin Gortat (Was) 43,496

    15 Paul Millsap (Atl) 41,654

    1 Dwyane Wade (Mia) 941,466

    2 Kyle Lowry (Tor) 646,441

    3 Kyrie Irving (Cle) 580,651

    4 Jimmy Butler (Chi) 564,637

    5 DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 444,868

    6 John Wall (Was) 368,686

    7 Derrick Rose (Chi) 302,389

    8 Jeremy Lin (Cha) 195,920

    9 Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 153,642

    10 Reggie Jackson (Det) 76,688

     

     

     

     

     


    Western Conference

    Frontcourt Guards

    1 Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,891,614

    2 Kevin Durant (OKC) 980,787

    3 Kawhi Leonard (SA) 782,339

    4 Zaza Pachulia (Dal) 768,112

    5 Draymond Green (GS) 726,616

    6 Blake Griffin (LAC) 651,860

    7 Enes Kanter (OKC) 534,499

    8 Tim Duncan (SA) 431,087

    9 Anthony Davis (NO) 400,688

    10 DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 364,270

    11 DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 269,427

    12 LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 268,003

    13 Dwight Howard (Hou) 219,761

    14 Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 173,317

    15 Harrison Barnes (GS) 155,289

    1 Stephen Curry (GS) 1,604,325

    2 Russell Westbrook (OKC) 772,009

    3 Chris Paul (LAC) 624,334

    4 Klay Thompson (GS) 555,513

    5 James Harden (Hou) 430,777

    6 Manu Ginobili (SA) 226,289

    7 Rajon Rondo (Sac) 200,518

    8 Tony Parker (SA) 195,472

    9 Andre Iguodala (GS) 181,142

    10 Damian Lillard (Por) 158,360

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    See You in Toronto!

    NBA All-Star 2016 brings together some of the most talented players in the NBA for three days of celebration. Prior to the All-Star game, the Air Canada Centre will also host the BBVA Compass Rising Star Challenge on Friday, February 12 and the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, February 13.

    We can’t wait see these All-Star starters do what they do best – play their hearts out and show everyone their love and passion for the game. The event is currently sold out, but you can be added to the wait list to be notified if more tickets become available.

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     Victoria Barnett

    QE-2016_Headshot-Victoria-Barnett.pngVictoria Barnett is originally from High Point, NC. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies and minors in Business and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys watching baseball, baking and hanging out with her golden retriever, Kaaya. She loves to travel to Florida and is a die-hard Miami Hurricanes fan. 

     Darragh Farrelly

    410-Blogger-Darragh-Farrelly-48eb94555a7e887e43b7859670f8fa79Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Darragh made the move to North Carolina a little over three years ago. An avid sports fan, he earned his BA in Journalism from Griffith College Dublin, which led him to various roles covering sports in Ireland. When he's not watching the New England Patriots win, Darragh enjoys going to concerts and following the English Premier League.

    Allie Shriver

    409-Blogger-Allie-Shriver-e536dee79691b3447e6d05ac1df44749Allie Shriver is a North Carolina native. A proud graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she received a B.A. in Communication Studies. In her spare time, Allie enjoys hanging out at the beach, watching football, and exploring new cities. As a die-hard football fan, you can catch Allie at local sports bar cheering on the New York Giants and frantically checking her Fantasy Football scores.  

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    Kristen Doolan was born and raised a Florida State Seminole. Making her way from Florida to North Carolina, Kristen achieved her B.S. in Business Adminstration, Marketing at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is an avid traveler, college football addict, beach bum and loves spending time with her family and friends.