If you were watching the live announcement last night you know that the starting lineup came with some familiar faces and a few surprises! The 2014 NBA All-Star Game will see several first time starters join perennial All-Stars in New Orleans.
See the full list of starters:
LEBRON JAMES, MIA: 1,416,419
No surprise here, King James earned himself a starting spot at the 2014 NBA All-Star Game and the honor of being the leading vote-getting on this year’s ballot. This is James’ 10th NBA All-Star selection. As of last year, James also earned two NBA All-Star MVP Awards. Only time will tell if he will be awarded his third at the 2014 game.
NBA All-Star Game Averages: 25.1 points, 6 assists, 6.5 rebounds
PAUL GEORGE, IND: 1,211,318
George is currently in the midst of one of the most explosive seasons in his young career. To put it in perspective last year George only received 63,000 All-Star votes, compared to 1.2 million this year—fans, commentators, and fellow players have noticed.
He is part of an Indiana Pacers team that is #1 overall in the Eastern Conference and has the best record (as of today) in the NBA. While the votes leading up to last night’s announcement have been indicative of him earning a starting position, the big surprise is the huge jump from 2013 to 2014.
NBA All-Star Game Averages: 17 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds
CARMELO ANTHONY, NYK: 935,702
Anthony has been voted to his 7th consecutive NBA All-Star Game. He will be making his 3rd appearance to the All-Star game as a Knicks player. Despite the Knicks 15-27 record, Anthony still played well averaging just over 26 ppg, and 9.9 rebounds. He also registered nine double-doubles, including four straight against the Pacers, Wizards, Blazers and Clippers.
NBA All-Star Game Averages: 19.6 points, 1.5 assists, 9 rebounds
DWYANE WADE, MIA: 929,542
Again, no surprise here, the perennial All-Star Wade has been voted to the Eastern team starters. Like his Heat teammate James, this will be Wade’s 10th NBA All-Star game appearance. As of today, Wade has missed four games because of his knees and a total of 12 games on the season. While on-court, Wade’s numbers have been consistent and helped his team to achieve the #2 record in the Eastern Conference.
NBA All-Star Game Averages: 18.1 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds
KYRIE IRVING, CLE: 860,221
Despite have a 15-27 record with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Irving’s extraordinary play in the 2013 season has earned him enough votes to get the starting position as the Eastern Conference point guard in the 2014 All-Star game. This will be the first time in the past few years that someone not named Derrick Rose or Rajon Rondo has started for the East at the PG position. This will be Irving’s 2nd appearance at the NBA All-Star game and his first year as a starter.
NBA All-Star Game Averages: 15 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds
KEVIN DURANT, OKC: 1,396,294
The leading vote-getter in the West and perennial All-Star, Kevin Durant will be making his 5th appearance to the NBA All-Star game next month. Durant’s, Oklahoma City Thunder are #1 in the Western conference with a 33-10 record.
NBA All-Star Game Averages: 28.5 points, 1.5 assists, 5.25 rebounds
STEPHEN CURRY, GS: 1,047,281
Curry will make his first appearance to the NBA All-Star Game with a bang. In his first NBA-All Star Game he will be starting as point guard for the West. Curry’s Warriors are 6th in the West and he has the 2nd most assists in the NBA this season along with the 8th most points.
NBA All-Star Game Averages: N/A
KOBE BRYANT, LAL: 988,884
This NBA-All Star veteran has been voted to his 16th appearance. Bryant is currently rehabbing an injury and may still be sidelined in time for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game. In 2010, Kobe made the decision not to play in the All-Star game in order to heal his ankle injury.
NBA All-Star Game Averages (based on active games): 20 points, 4.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds
BLAKE GRIFFIN, LAC: 688,466
Griffin has earned the starting position for the 3rd straight year. This will be his 4th All-Star Game appearance. One marked difference to this year’s start is that he will not be joined by teammate Chris Paul who is currently sidelined with an injury. In 2011, Griffin also entered the Slam Dunk contest and became the overall champion after dunking over a car.
NBA All-Star Game Averages: 16.3 points, 3.6 assists, 5.3 rebounds
KEVIN LOVE, MIN: 661,246
One of the biggest surprises of the 2014 NBA All-Star Game is the announcement of Minnesota Timberwolves, Love, being named to the Western Conference starting line up. While this is Love’s 3rd appearance to the game, this is his first time being nominated as starter. Love is 5th overall in points, 4th overall in rebounds in the NBA, and has averaged a double-double for points and rebounds in his career, 17.3 points, 12.2 rebounds.
NBA All-Star Game Averages: 9.5 points, 1 assists, 5.5 rebounds
2014 NBA All-Star Weekend is Missing YOU!
The starters are set, the venue is set, and now all that’s missing is YOU! The countdown is on to the 2014 NBA-All Star Game, and there’s still time to be there.
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