The NBA announced the starters for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game today and Miami Heat superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade cruised to yet another appearance in the starting lineup.
James, making his ninth consecutive All-Star appearance, finished as the top vote-getting player in the Eastern Conference with 1,583,646 votes. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers edged him out for most overall votes with 1,591,437. LeBron is averaging 25.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.38 steals and 31.0 minutes while shooting 53.2 percent from the field in eight career All-Star starts.
Chris Bosh, however, ended up with 528,014 votes and lost out to Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, who received 553,222 votes.
Ray Allen finished 5th among Eastern Conference guards with 326,186 votes. Shane Battier came in eighth place among frontcourt players with 151,877 votes.
James, Wade, Garnett are joined by Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) as well as guard Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics). The Western Conference frontcourt starters are Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) and Dwight Howard (Los Angeles Lakers) with Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) joining Bryant in the backcourt.
The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 (8 p.m. ET), televised exclusively on TNT and broadcast exclusively on ESPN Radio in the U.S. The All-Star Game will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.