To nobodys surprise, it was announced by the NBA on Thursday that both Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers were chosen by the fans to start for the Western Conference in the 2013 NBA All Star Game in Houston.
What might be surprising that Kobe Bryant, at age 34, received the most votes, out tallying players like Lebron James and Kevin Durant. Kobe Bryant just edged Lebron James in fan votes, 1,591,437 to 1,583,646.
This will mark Kobe Bryant’s 15 straight All Star game whichs breaks the record for most consecutive All Star games, a title previously held by Jerry West, Karl Malone and Shaquille O’ Neal.
The starters for the 2013 All Start game, for both the Western and Eastern Conference are as follows:
F Blake Griffin – Los Angeles Clippers
F Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder
F Dwight Howard – Los Angeles Lakers
G Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers
G Chris Paul – Los Angeles Clippers
F Lebron James – Miami Heat
F Carmelo Anthony – New York Knicks
F Kevin Garnett – Boston Celtics
G Dwayne Wade – Miami Heat
G Rajon Rondo – Boston Celtics
The reserves will be selected by the NBA head coaches and announced on TNT on January 24th on TNT.
Here are my predictions for the 7 All Star reserves for both the Western and Eastern conference teams.
F David Lee – GoldenState Warriors
F Tim Duncan – San Antonio Spurs
F Zach Randolph – Memphis Grizzlies
G Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder
G James Harden – Houston Rockets
G Steph Curry – GoldenState Warriors
G Tony Parker – San Antonio Spurs
Other possible All Star reserves (but not likely): F Al Jefferson – Utah Jazz, G Ty Lawson – Denver Nuggets, F Rudy Gay – Memphis Grizzlies.
F Chris Bosh – Miami Heat
F Paul Pierce – Boston Celtics
F Tyson Chandler – New York Knicks
G Deron Williams – Brooklyn Nets
G Joe Johnson – Brooklyn Nets
F Luol Deng – Chicago Bulls
F Josh Smith – Atlanta Hawks
Other possibles All Star reserves: G Brandon Jennings – Milwaukee Bucks, F Paul George – Indiana Pacers, C Brook Lopez – Brooklyn Nets, G Jrue Holiday – Philadelphia 76ers
The 62nd annual NBA All Star game will be played on Sunday, February 17th in Houston, Texas at the ToyotaCenter. The game will be aired on TNT at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern time.
– Fern Rea “@fullcourtfern”