2014 NBA All-Star voting begins with Allen, Chalmers, Wade, Bosh and LeBron on the ballot

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Fans can vote in several different ways this year for the NBA All-Star Game.

The 2014 NBA All-Star Balloting was announced today during a special tip-off event in New Orleans, LA, the host city where the festivities will begin Sunday, February 16 2014 at the New Orleans Arena.

Miami Heat fans can already vote for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers in a variety of methods, as detailed by the NBA:

1) Fans can use Instagram to vote by posting an original photo, using #NBABallot and the player's first and last name in the photo caption. Fans can vote for 10 unique players per day.

2) For a second year in a row, fans can vote via social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter, and Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblog in China. Twitter voting allows fans to tweet a vote for 10 unique players each day throughout the All-Star balloting period. The tweet must include the player's first and last name, along with hash tag #NBABallot. Facebook voting allows fans to comment on official league, team, or international NBA All-Star Facebook pages by commenting below the post with #NBABallot and the player's first and last name. Voters can select 10 unique players per day.

3) NBA fans can also access the ballot and vote through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint applications, available on Android and iOS. Fans can fill out one full ballot per day, through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint application, the most comprehensive app in the marketplace for NBA fans.

4) Fans can vote in 11 different languages on NBA.com/asb

5) If mobile if your thing, SMS voting is available by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting NBA.com/asb on any wireless device. Fans can vote for 10 different players per day, per phone number, via SMS voting by sending 10 separate SMS messages, each one with a different player's last name. Message and data rates may apply.

Also from the NBA press release:

After submitting their All-Star selections, fans will have the ability to share those picks with their friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter, and encourage others to cast ballots.

Balloting concludes on Monday, Jan. 20, and starters will be announced live on TNT on Thursday, Jan. 23, during a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.com at 7 p.m. ET, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith. The special will air prior to TNT's exclusive doubleheader featuring the Los Angeles Lakers at the Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET) and the Denver Nuggets at the Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 p.m. ET).

The NBA All-Star ballot features 120 players - 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences - with 36 frontcourt players and 24 backcourt players from each conference comprising the list. Voters select three frontcourt players and two backcourt players from each conference.

The 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the NBA:
Greg Anthony (NBA Digital), Mary Schmitt Boyer (Cleveland Plain Dealer/PBWA), Zach Lowe (Grantland), and John Reid (New Orleans Times Picayune).

The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be exclusively televised on TNT from New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. The All-Star Game, also broadcast live on ESPN Radio, will collectively reach fans in 215 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. NBA All-Star 2014 in New Orleans will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league's history for a global celebration of the game. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 12th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports' 30th year of All-Star coverage. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature Sears Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and Sprite Slam Dunk. Other events at NBA All-Star 2014 will include the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and NBA All-Star Jam Session. The 2014 game will mark the second NBA All-Star celebration in New Orleans. The city also hosted the event in 2008.

From the Miami HEAT press release:

Allen, a 10-time NBA All-Star, is averaging 11.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 27.7 minutes while shooting 51.9 percent from the field. The NBA's all-time three-point made leader dished out seven assists vs. Chicago on Opening Night, his most assists as a member of the HEAT. Allen is now just 119 points short from recording his 24,000th career NBA point.

Bosh, an eight-time NBA All-Star, has averaged 11.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in his seven All-Star appearances (sat out one due to injury). He is averaging 17.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.57 blocks, 1.3 assists and 30.8 minutes this season while shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. He shot at least 50 percent from the field in each of the first six games to start the season and recorded a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double at Philadelphia on October 30, his 55th double-double with the HEAT, placing him 11th on Miami's all-time list. Among league leaders, Bosh ranks tied for 14th in three-point field goal percentage, tied for 15th in blocks per game and 18th in field goal percentage.

Chalmers has started all eight games for Miami this season, averaging 10.4 points, 5.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 2.25 steals and 27.8 minutes while shooting 44.6 percent from the field, a career-high 57.7 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent from the foul line. He recorded five steals vs. Chicago on October 29, the most steals by a HEAT player on Opening Night in franchise history. In his next game, Chalmers connected on his 500th career three-point field goal, becoming just the fourth player in HEAT history to hit the 500-made mark, joining Tim Hardaway, Eddie Jones and Glen Rice.

James, a two-time All-Star MVP (2006 & 2008), has averaged 25.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists in his nine All-Star appearances, including a triple-double during the 2011 All-Star Game in Los Angeles. He is averaging 25.5 points, 7.3 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 36.4 minutes this season while shooting 58.6 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. He leads the HEAT in points (204), assists (58), field goals made (75) and free throws made (40). He led the HEAT in points (25), rebounds (8) and assists (10) vs. Boston on November 9, marking the 124th time he has led his team in those categories, the most among active players in the NBA. James has currently scored in double-figures in 503 consecutive games, the sixth-longest streak in NBA history and only five shy from tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 508-game streak from October 18, 1969 thru January 7, 1976. Among league leaders, James ranks fifth in scoring average, eighth in field goal percentage, tied for eighth in assists per game and tied for 14th in three-point field goal percentage.

Wade, a 2010 NBA All-Star MVP, has averaged 18.1 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in his nine All-Star appearances, including a triple-double during the 2012 All-Star Game in Orlando. He is averaging 18.4 points, 5.1 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 2.00 steals and 34.3 minutes this season while shooting 50 percent from the field. He recorded four-straight 20-point games from November 1 thru November 7 and blocked two shots in his last game on November 12, giving him 673 career blocks. Since entering the league in 2003-04, no guard has more blocks over that span. Additionally, Wade is only the second guard 6'4" or shorter to reach the 600-block mark and now only two blocks shy from tying Dennis Johnson (675) for the most such blocks in NBA history. Among league leaders, Wade ranks tied for 13th in steals per game and tied for 28th in both scoring average and assists per game.

The full ballot is listed here:

EAST BACKCOURT (24)


Arron Afflalo, Orlando
Ray Allen, Miami
Bradley Beal, Washington
Mario Chalmers, Miami
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto
Raymond Felton, New York
Gerald Henderson, Charlotte
George Hill, Indiana
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
Brandon Jennings, Detroit
Joe Johnson, Brooklyn
Kyle Lowry, Toronto
O.J. Mayo, Milwaukee
Victor Oladipo, Orlando
Rajon Rondo, Boston
Derrick Rose, Chicago
J.R. Smith, New York
Lance Stephenson, Indiana
Jeff Teague, Atlanta
Evan Turner, Philadelphia
Dwyane Wade, Miami
Kemba Walker, Charlotte
John Wall, Washington
Deron Williams, Brooklyn

EAST FRONTCOURT (36)

Carmelo Anthony, New York
Carlos Boozer, Chicago
Chris Bosh, Miami
Andrew Bynum, Cleveland
Tyson Chandler, New York
Luol Deng, Chicago
Andre Drummond, Detroit
Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn
Rudy Gay, Toronto
Paul George, Indiana
Marcin Gortat, Washington
Danny Granger, Indiana
Jeff Green, Boston
Tobias Harris, Orlando
Spencer Hawes, Philadelphia
Roy Hibbert, Indiana
Al Horford, Atlanta
Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee
LeBron James, Miami
Al Jefferson, Charlotte
Brook Lopez, Brooklyn
Paul Millsap, Atlanta
Greg Monroe, Detroit
Nene, Washington
Joakim Noah, Chicago
Paul Pierce, Brooklyn
Larry Sanders, Milwaukee
Josh Smith, Detroit
Amar'e Stoudemire, New York
Tristan Thompson, Cleveland
Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto
Anderson Varejao, Cleveland
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando
Gerald Wallace, Boston
David West, Indiana
Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia

WEST BACKCOURT (24)


Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix
Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers
Mike Conley, Memphis
Jamal Crawford, LA Clippers
Stephen Curry, Golden State
Goran Dragic, Phoenix
Monta Ellis, Dallas
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio
Eric Gordon, New Orleans
James Harden, Houston
Jrue Holiday, New Orleans
Ty Lawson, Denver
Damian Lillard, Portland
Jeremy Lin, Houston
Kevin Martin, Minnesota
Steve Nash, LA Lakers
Tony Parker, San Antonio
Chris Paul, LA Clippers
J.J. Redick, LA Clippers
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota
Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento
Klay Thompson, Golden State
Greivis Vasquez, Sacramento
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City

WEST FRONTCOURT (36)


LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland
Ryan Anderson, New Orleans
Omer Asik, Houston
Harrison Barnes, Golden State
Nicolas Batum, Portland
Andrew Bogut, Golden State
Wilson Chandler, Denver
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento
Anthony Davis, New Orleans
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
Tyreke Evans, New Orleans
Kenneth Faried, Denver
Derrick Favors, Utah
Danilo Gallinari, Denver
Marc Gasol, Memphis
Pau Gasol, LA Lakers
Blake Griffin, LA Clippers
Gordon Hayward, Utah
Dwight Howard, Houston
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City
Andre Iguodala, Golden State
DeAndre Jordan, LA Clippers
Enes Kanter, Utah
David Lee, Golden State
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio
Kevin Love, Minnesota
Shawn Marion, Dallas
JaVale McGee, Denver
Markieff Morris, Phoenix
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
Chandler Parsons, Houston
Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota
Zach Randolph, Memphis
Tiago Splitter, San Antonio
Derrick Williams, Minnesota

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