NBA All-Star

NBA All-Star 2017: The Starting Lineup

Allie Shriver

By Allie Shriver

January 20, 2017

Jimmy Butler NBA All-Star 2017

Hold on to your hats ladies and gents; the NBA All-Star 2017 starters have been announced! And honestly, it’s no surprise who made the final cut. Players were voted into the game by a combination of fan votes, media votes, and player votes. Five players from each conference with the best cumulative score were selected. There are two guards and three frontcourt players on each team.  Here’s a look the two teams announced last night.

Eastern Conference Starters

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks: A first-time All-Star, the 22-year-old is the first Milwaukee player selected to the All-Star Game since Michael Redd during the 2003-04 season.
  • Jimmy Butler, Bulls: Butler has been selected to his third straight All-Star Game and third overall.
  • DeMar DeRozan, Raptors: Toronto’s all-time leading scorer is headed to his third All-Star Game and second in a row.
  • Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers: The 2014 All-Star Game MVP is an All-Star for the fourth time in six seasons.
  • LeBron James, Cavaliers: The leading scorer in All-Star Game history (291 points), James has earned his 13th All-Star nod (all consecutive and all starts) in 14 seasons. The four-time Kia NBA MVP is set to become the fifth player in league history to start at least 13 All-Star Games, joining Kobe Bryant (18), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (14), Bob Cousy (13) and Michael Jordan (13).  

 

Western Conference Starters

  • Stephen Curry, Warriors: The two-time reigning Kia NBA MVP has made the All-Star team for the fourth consecutive time and the fourth time overall, all as a starter.
  • Anthony Davis, Pelicans: Davis has been named an All-Star for the fourth time (2014-17), matching Chris Paul for the most selections in New Orleans franchise history.
  • Kevin Durant, Warriors: Now an eight-time All-Star selection (every season since 2009-10), Durant owns the highest scoring average in All-Star Game history (25.6 ppg).
  • James Harden, Rockets: Harden’s five All-Star selections have all come in his five seasons with Houston.
  • Kawhi Leonard, Spurs: The two-time reigning Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year is a starter for the second year in a row after making his All-Star debut last season.

Information via the NBA

How Voting Works

The fans votes accounted for 50% of the vote while current players and media each counted for 25%. Fan voting weighed heavily in this contest as the tie breaker for several positions. Per the NBA, “DeRozan (796,112 fan votes) won the tiebreaker with the Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas (755,102) for the second starting spot among East guards, while Curry (1,848,121) and Harden (1,771,375) won the tiebreaker with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook (1,575,865) for the two starting spots among West guards.” Here’s a look at where the top ten players in each conference landed in the voting.

Eastern Conference Frontcourt

Player

Fan Rank

Player Rank

Media Rank

Weighted Score

1. *LeBron James (Cleveland)

     1

     1

     1

     1.0

2. *Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)

     2

     2

     2

     2.0

3. *Jimmy Butler (Chicago)

     5

     3

     3

     4.0

4. Joel Embiid (Philadelphia)

     3

     8

     5

     4.75

5. Kevin Love (Cleveland)

     4

     7

     4

     4.75

6. Kristaps Porzingis (New York)

     7

     5

     6

     6.25

7. Paul George (Indiana)

     8

     4

     8

     7.0

8. Carmelo Anthony (New York)

     6

     6

     12

     7.5

9. Jabari Parker (Milwaukee)

     10

     10

     12

     10.5

10. Hassan Whiteside (Miami)

     11

     14

     8

     11.0

 

Eastern Conference Guards

Player

Fan Rank

Player Rank

Media Rank

Weighted Score

1. *Kyrie Irving (Cleveland)

     1

     1

     3

     1.5

2. *DeMar DeRozan (Toronto)

     3

     3

     2

     2.75^

3. Isaiah Thomas (Boston)

     4

     2

     1

     2.75^

4. Dwyane Wade (Chicago)

     2

     6

     6

     4.0

5. Kyle Lowry (Toronto)

     5

     5

     4

     4.75

6. John Wall (Washington)

     7

     4

     5

     5.75

7. Derrick Rose (New York)

     6

     9

     8

     7.25

8. Kemba Walker (Charlotte)

     9

     7

     6

     7.75

9. Avery Bradley (Boston)

     10

     12

     8

     10.0

10. Bradley Beal (Washington)

     14

     8

     8

     11.0

 

*–Voted to start
^–Tiebreaker for starting spot is highest fan vote

 

Western Conference Frontcourt

Player

Fan Rank

Player Rank

Media Rank

Weighted Score

1. *Kevin Durant (Golden State)

     1

     1

     1

     1.0

2. *Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio)

     3

     2

     2

     2.5

3. *Anthony Davis (New Orleans)

     4

     3

     3

     3.5

4. DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento)

     6

     4

     4

     5.0

5. Draymond Green (Golden State)

     5

     9

     6

     6.25

6. Zaza Pachulia (Golden State)

     2

     12

     10

     6.5

7. Marc Gasol (Memphis)

     10

     5

     5

     7.5

8. Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota)

     7

     10

     7

     7.75

9. LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio)

     8

     6

     10

     8.0

10. DeAndre Jordan (LA Clippers)

     11

     7

     8

     9.25

    

Western Conference Guards

Player

Fan Rank

Player Rank

Media Rank

Weighted Score

1. *Stephen Curry (Golden State)

     1

     3

     3

     2.0^

2. *James Harden (Houston)

     2

     2

     2

     2.0^

3. Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City)

     3

     1

     1

     2.0^

4. Klay Thompson (Golden State)

     4

     8

     4

     5.0

5. Chris Paul (LA Clippers)

     5

     6

     4

     5.0

6. Damian Lillard (Portland)

     8

     4

     6

     6.5

7. Eric Gordon (Houston)

     7

     15

     6

     8.75

8. CJ McCollum (Portland)

     16

     5

     6

     10.75

9. Andre Iguodala (Golden State)

     9

     22

     6

     11.5

10. Manu Ginobili (San Antonio)

     10

     20

     6

     11.5

 

*–Voted to start
^– Tiebreaker for starting spots is highest fan vote

 

We are thrilled to see these guys in New Orleans and cannot wait for the reserves to be announced January 26. The reserves will be selected by the head coaches of the league. Be sure to come back to see a breakdown of the reserves. In the meantime, you can learn everything you need to know about NBA All-Star 2017 here. And be sure to check out the uniforms here.

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