The 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.
A 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.
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.
|Western Conference||Eastern Conference|
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
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
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.