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#ClutchNBA Todo listo para el NBA All-Star Game 2018 en Los Angeles, California











































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TORONTO’S CASEY EARNS SPOT AS HEAD COACH OF TEAM LEBRON IN 2018 NBA ALL-STAR GAME

NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2018 – Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey and his staff will coach Team LeBron in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 18 in Los Angeles (8 p.m. ET).  

Casey becomes the Raptors’ first All-Star Game head coach.  He earned the honor for the first time in his nine seasons as an NBA head coach.

With tonight’s 123-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Raptors (33-15, .688) clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference through games played on Sunday, Feb. 4 among the 14 conference teams with a head coach eligible for the 2018 All-Star Game.  Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was ineligible because he coached the East in last year’s All-Star Game.

Under a new All-Star Game format that replaces the traditional matchup between conferences, each All-Star Game coach will lead the team that includes the captain from the same conference.  Casey and his staff will coach the All-Star team that features the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James as captain.  

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni and his staff previously earned the spot to coach Team Stephen, captained by the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry.  Casey will coach against Toronto’s two All-Star selections, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, both drafted to Team Stephen. 
     
Casey is the Raptors’ longest-tenured and winningest coach (294-230, .561).  He guided Toronto to the playoffs in each of the previous four seasons – the four winningest seasons in franchise history.  Casey has a career coaching record of 347-299 (.537) over seven seasons with the Raptors and two seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves.   

The 67th NBA All-Star Game will air on TNT and ESPN Radio.  The game will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.   

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OKLAHOMA CITY’S GEORGE TO REPLACE NEW ORLEANS’ COUSINS ON TEAM LEBRON IN 2018 NBA ALL-STAR GAME

NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2018 – Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins on Team LeBron in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles (8 p.m. ET).

George earned his fifth All-Star selection and third in a row.  In his first season with the Thunder after spending seven seasons with the Indiana Pacers, the 6-9 George is averaging 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.17 steals per game.  He is shooting a career-high 42.6 percent from three-point range for Oklahoma City (29-20). 

Cousins sustained a season-ending ruptured left Achilles tendon against the Houston Rockets on Jan. 26.  An All-Star selection for the fourth consecutive season, Cousins was voted to start and drafted to Team LeBron by captain LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Team LeBron head coach, determined by the best record in the Eastern Conference through games of Sunday, Feb. 4, will select the player to replace Cousins in the starting lineup.  Boston head coach Brad Stevens is ineligible to coach Team LeBron because he coached in last year’s All-Star Game.

When an All-Star is unable to participate, Silver will choose a replacement from the same conference as the player who is being replaced.  Cousins and George both represent the Western Conference. George received the most voting points from NBA head coaches among Western Conference players who were not selected as reserves.

The 67th NBA All-Star Game will air on TNT and ESPN Radio.  Featuring a new format in which team rosters were drafted by James and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, the All-Star Game will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.   

CHOOSING SIDES: JAMES AND CURRY DRAFT ROSTERS FOR
TEAM LEBRON VS. TEAM STEPHEN AT 2018 NBA ALL-STAR GAME 

– Team LeBron Starters: Cousins, Davis, Durant, Irving and James –

– Team Stephen Starters: Antetokounmpo, Curry, DeRozan, Embiid and Harden –

NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2018 – The NBA today revealed the team rosters for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, as selected by All-Star captains LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors in the inaugural NBA All-Star Draft. 

James drafted DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans), Anthony Davis (New Orleans), Kevin Durant (Golden State) and Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics) to join him in the starting lineup.  To complete Team LeBron, James selected LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Kevin Love (Cleveland), Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers), Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks), John Wall (Washington) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) as reserves.

Curry will start on Team Stephen alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) and James Harden (Houston Rockets).  For reserves, Curry chose Jimmy Butler (Minnesota Timberwolves), Draymond Green (Golden State), Al Horford (Boston), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Kyle Lowry (Toronto), Klay Thompson (Golden State) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota).

The 67th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 (8 p.m. ET) at Staples Center in Los Angeles, airing on TNT and ESPN Radio.  The game will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.

The 2018 NBA All-Star Draft was conducted today via conference call.  As the All-Star starter from each conference who received the most fan votes in his conference, James and Curry drafted the team rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference.  The captains selected their 11 teammates regardless of conference affiliation, marking the NBA’s first All-Star Game without a matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. 

Team LeBron features seven players from the East and five players from the West, with seven frontcourt players and five guards.  Team Stephen showcases seven players from the West and five players from the East, with seven guards and five frontcourt players.  The five players in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game who have won the Kia NBA All-Star MVP – Davis (2017), Durant (2012), Irving (2014), James (2006, 2008) and Westbrook (2015, 2016) – are all on Team LeBron.  Durant will go head-to-head against the Warriors’ other three All-Stars in Curry, Green and Thompson.    

During the draft, the eight remaining All-Star Game starters (aside from James and Curry) were selected in the first round.  The 14 reserves were chosen in the second round.  James, as the top overall finisher in fan voting, was awarded the first pick in the first round, while Curry had the first pick of the second round.  The captains alternated picks in each round until all players in that round had been selected.

With Curry representing the Western Conference in a Western Conference arena, Team Stephen has been designated the home team and was able to choose between wearing black or white uniforms.  Curry selected the black uniforms, and Team LeBron was assigned the white uniforms as the visiting team.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will select the replacement for any player unable to participate in the All-Star Game, choosing a player from the same conference as the player who is being replaced.  Silver’s selection would join the team that drafted the replaced player.  If a replaced player is a starter, the head coach of that team will choose a new starter.  

Team LeBron will be coached by the head coach from the Eastern Conference team with the best record through games played on Sunday, Feb. 4 among the 14 teams with an eligible head coach.  Boston’s Brad Stevens is ineligible because he coached in last year’s All-Star Game.  Team Stephen will be coached by the head coach from the Western Conference team with the best record through Feb. 4 among the 14 teams with an eligible head coach.  Golden State’s Steve Kerr is ineligible because he coached in last year’s game. 

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76ERS’ EMBIID, SARIC AND SIMMONS, LAKERS’ BALL, INGRAM AND KUZMA SELECTED TO PLAY IN 2018 MTN DEW KICKSTART RISING STARS

NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2018 – NBA All-Star Game starter Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers headlines the list of 20 players selected by the league’s assistant coaches to play in the 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 16 (9 p.m. ET) at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Dario Saric and Ben Simmons join Embiid to give the 76ers three players in Rising Stars, tied for the most among any team.  The Los Angeles Lakers also earned three selections, with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma set to play at their home arena.  The game will air on TNT and ESPN Radio.  

For the fourth consecutive year, the league’s annual showcase of premier young talent during NBA All-Star will pit 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the U.S. against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world.  The 24th Rising Stars is the first with Mtn Dew Kickstart as title partner, with the brand expanding the event into a yearlong platform showcasing up-and-coming NBA players.  Tickets for the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars and the Rising Stars Practice at Verizon Up Arena at the Los Angeles Convention Center on the morning of the game are available at NBATickets.com

The three Philadelphia players will compete for the World Team.  Joining Embiid (Cameroon), Simmons (Australia) and Saric (Croatia) are the Sacramento Kings’ Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia) and Buddy Hield (Bahamas), the Memphis Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks (Canada), the Chicago Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen (Finland), the Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray (Canada), the New York Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina (France) and the Indiana Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis (Lithuania).

In addition to Ball, Ingram and Kuzma, the U.S. Team features reigning Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks, the Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins, the Bulls’ Kris Dunn, the Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell and the Dallas Mavericks’ Dennis Smith Jr.  

Roster highlights include:

• The World Team’s 10 players hail from nine different countries.

• Embiid, who will make his NBA All-Star Game debut in his second season, leads all first- and second-year NBA players in scoring (23.8 ppg), rebounding (11.0 rpg) and blocked shots (1.88 bpg).  He is set to become the first 76ers player to start an All-Star Game since Allen Iverson in 2006.

• Simmons, the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for October/November, is on pace to become the first rookie to average at least 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in a season since Magic Johnson in 1979-80. 

• Chicago’s Markkanen (15.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg) is the fastest player to 100 career three-pointers in NBA history (41 games).

• Denver’s Murray was the MVP of last year’s Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars, finishing with game highs of 36 points and 11 assists to lift the World Team past the U.S. Team 150-141.  This season, Murray has increased his scoring average to 16.2 points from 9.9 as a rookie.

• Kuzma, the 27th pick in the NBA Draft 2017 presented by State Farm and the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for October/November, leads the Lakers in scoring with 16.7 points per game.  The last rookie to lead the team in scoring in a season was the Minneapolis Lakers’ Elgin Baylor in 1958-59.

• Utah’s Mitchell, who earned the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month award for December, is averaging a team-high and rookie-best 19.2 points.  The Jazz has never had a rookie lead the team in scoring for a season.

• Boston’s Brown (14.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and Tatum (13.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg), the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December, have started all season for the East-leading Celtics.

• Chicago’s Dunn ranks third in the NBA in steals (2.05 spg), leads all second-year players in assists (6.4 apg) and has raised his scoring average nearly 10 points from last season (3.8 to 13.7 ppg).

• Simmons (four), Ball (two) and Dallas’ Smith (one) have combined for seven triple-doubles, which is one more than produced by rookies in the previous five seasons combined.

• The World Team features five players who participated as campers in Basketball without Borders (BWB), the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program: Embiid (BWB Africa 2011), Markkanen (BWB Europe 2014; BWB Global 2015), Murray (BWB Global 2015), Ntilikina (BWB Europe 2015; BWB Global 2016) and Saric (BWB Europe 2010).

The NBA’s assistant coaches chose the rosters for the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars, with each of the league’s 30 teams submitting one ballot per coaching staff.  Coaches selected four guards, four frontcourt players and two players at either position group for each team.  They also picked a minimum of three first-year NBA players and three second-year NBA players for each team.

The head coaches for the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars will be the lead assistant coaches from the 2018 NBA All-Star Game coaching staffs.  The All-Star coaching staffs are determined by the best record in each conference through games played on Sunday, Feb. 4 among teams with eligible head coaches.  Boston head coach Brad Stevens and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr are ineligible to coach in the NBA All-Star Game because they did so last year.

NBA opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season featured 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories.  This marked the fourth consecutive season that opening-night rosters included at least 100 international players and that all 30 teams had at least one international player.

Below are the rosters for the 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars and a list of past results.

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OKLAHOMA CITY’S WESTBROOK AND FOUR FIRST-TIME ALL-STARS HEADLINE RESERVES FOR 2018 NBA ALL-STAR GAME

– Curry and James to Draft All-Star Team Rosters; Teams Unveiled Thursday on TNT (7 p.m. ET

 Beal, Oladipo, Porzingis and Towns Earn First All-Star Selections 

– Green and Thompson Give Golden State Record-Tying Four All-Stars for Second Straight Year 

NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2018 – Reigning Kia NBA MVP Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and four first-time All-Stars lead the list of 14 players selected by the NBA’s head coaches as reserves for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Joining Westbrook as reserves in the Western Conference player pool are LaMarcus Aldridge of the San Antonio Spurs, Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers.  Towns is an All-Star for the first time.  With Green and Thompson earning spots alongside starters Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, the Warriors are the first team to have a record-tying four All-Stars in consecutive years.

The Eastern Conference reserve pool includes three first-time All-Stars: Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards, Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks.  They are joined by Al Horford of the Boston Celtics, Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors and John Wall of the Wizards.   

The 67th NBA All-Star Game, featuring Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen, will air on TNT and ESPN Radio.  The midseason classic will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.

Under the new All-Star Game format that replaces the traditional matchup between conferences, Curry and Cleveland’s LeBron James  the All-Star starter from each conference who received the most fan votes in his conference  will serve as team captains and draft the team rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves.  All-Star team rosters will be unveiled on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. ET in a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader

Curry and James will select the team rosters without regard for conference affiliation.  Each captain will choose 11 players to complete a 12-man roster.  The 2018 NBA All-Star Draft rules are as follows: 

  • The eight All-Star Game starters (aside from Curry and James) will be drafted in the first round.
  • The 14 All-Star Game reserves will be drafted in the second round.
  • As the top overall vote-getter among fans, James will have the first pick in the first round (starters).  Curry will have the first pick in the second round (reserves).
  • The captains will alternate picks in each round until all players in that round have been selected.

The starters, announced last week, were selected by a combination of fans, current NBA players and a media panel.  The East starter pool is James, Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) and Kyrie Irving (Boston).  The West starter pool is Curry, DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans), Anthony Davis (New Orleans), Kevin Durant (Golden State) and James Harden (Houston Rockets).

The 14 reserves were chosen by the NBA’s 30 head coaches.  The coaches voted for seven players in their respective conferences  two guards, three frontcourt players and two additional players at either position group.  They were not permitted to vote for players from their own team.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will select the replacement for any player unable to participate in the All-Star Game, choosing a player from the same conference as the player who is being replaced.  Silver’s selection would join the team that drafted the replaced player.  If a replaced player is a starter, the head coach of that team will choose a new starter.  

Team LeBron will be coached by the head coach from the Eastern Conference team with the best record through games played on Sunday, Feb. 4among the 14 teams with an eligible head coach.  Boston’s Brad Stevens is ineligible because he coached in last year’s All-Star Game.  Team Stephen will be coached by the head coach from the Western Conference team with the best record through Feb. 4 among the 14 teams with an eligible head coach.  Golden State’s Steve Kerr is ineligible because he coached in last year’s game.

2018 NBA ALL-STAR GAME RESERVE POOL

Eastern Conference
  • Bradley Beal, Wizards (1st All-Star selection): In his sixth season, Beal is averaging a career-high 23.6 points per game and has more games of at least 20 points (35) than all but four players, trailing Antetokounmpo (40), Harden (37), James (36) and Westbrook (36). 
  • Al Horford, Celtics (5th All-Star selection): The 31-year-old is one of three players averaging at least 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and one blocked shot, joining Cousins and James.
  • Kevin Love, Cavaliers (5th All-Star selection): Love (18.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg) is set to appear in the All-Star Game as a Cavalier for the first time; he was named a reserve last year but missed the game in New Orleans with a knee injury.
  • Kyle Lowry, Raptors (4th All-Star selection): The 12-year veteran’s four All-Star selections have come in four consecutive seasons.  Lowry is one of three players averaging at least 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists, along with James and Westbrook.  
  • Victor Oladipo, Pacers (1st All-Star selection): The five-year veteran and first-year Pacer is setting career highs in scoring (24.2 ppg), rebounding (5.2 rpg), steals (1.93 spg), field goal percentage (48.4) and three-point field goal percentage (40.2). 
  • Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks (1st All-Star selection): Porzingis, 22, is set to become the second-youngest Knick to appear in an All-Star Game.  New York’s top scorer (23.3 ppg) will be less than two weeks older than Bill Cartwright when he played in the 1980 All-Star Game as a rookie.  
  • John Wall, Wizards (5th All-Star selection): An All-Star with Washington for the fifth straight year, he is now tied for the second-most selections in team history behind Elvin Hayes (eight).  Wall is averaging at least 19.0 points and 9.0 assists for the third season in a row.

Western Conference
  • LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs (6th All-Star selection): He is averaging team highs of 22.3 points and 8.7 rebounds, his highest marks in three seasons with San Antonio.  The Spurs have now had at least one player selected to 20 consecutive All-Star Games, the NBA’s longest active streak.
  • Jimmy Butler, Timberwolves (4th All-Star selection): Making his fourth straight All-Star team, Butler is shooting a career-high 47.6 percent from the field to complement averages of 21.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists in his first season with Minnesota. 
  • Draymond Green, Warriors (3rd All-Star selection): The 2016-17 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year earned his third All-Star nod in a row.  Green joins James, Westbrook and the 76ers’ Ben Simmons as the only players averaging at least 11.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists.
  • Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers (3rd All-Star selection): Lillard is one of four players averaging at least 25.0 points and 6.0 assists, a group that includes Curry, Harden and James.
  • Klay Thompson, Warriors (4th All-Star selection): An All-Star for the fourth consecutive year, Thompson (20.6 ppg) is shooting a career-high and NBA-best 45.3 percent from three-point range as well as career highs of 48.6 percent from the field and 88.1 percent from the free throw line.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves (1st All-Star selection): The 22-year-old has recorded an NBA-high 41 double-doubles.  Towns (20.2 ppg, 12.1 rpg) joins Butler to give Minnesota two All-Star selections for the first time since the 2003-04 season (Sam Cassell and Kevin Garnett).
  • Russell Westbrook, Thunder (7th All-Star selection): Westbrook, the NBA leader in assists (10.1 apg) to go with 24.8 points and 9.7 rebounds, is the only player to win the Kia NBA All-Star MVP outright in back-to-back years (2015 and 2016 games). 






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CLEVELAND’S JAMES, GOLDEN STATE’S CURRY NAMED
STARTERS AND CAPTAINS FOR 2018 NBA ALL-STAR GAME

– James and Curry Earn Right to Choose Team Rosters for Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen Matchup –

– Philadelphia’s Embiid to Start in All-Star Debut; New Orleans’ Cousins, Davis Frontcourt Starters –

NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2018 – The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry lead the list of 10 players selected by fans, NBA players and media to start in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles.  James and Curry will serve as team captains after finishing as the All-Star starter from each conference who received the most fan votes in his conference.

The 67th NBA All-Star Game, featuring Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and ESPN Radio.  The midseason classic from Staples Center will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.

Under the new All-Star Game format that replaces the traditional matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, James and Curry will choose the team rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves.  The All-Star teams will still feature 12 players from each conference, but the captains will select the team rosters without regard for conference affiliation.  Each captain’s first four selections must come from the pool of eight remaining starters.  As the top overall finisher in fan voting, James will make the first pick.

In addition to James (frontcourt), who has been named an All-Star for the 14th consecutive year, the starters from the East player pool are the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (frontcourt), the Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan (guard), the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (frontcourt) and the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (guard).

Joining Curry (guard) as starters from the West player pool are the New Orleans Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis (both frontcourt), the Warriors’ Kevin Durant (frontcourt) and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden (guard).    

The starters – two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference – were announced tonight during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.  The network will unveil the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. ET during TNT NBA Tip-Off.  The team rosters will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. ET in a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off.   

Fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote to determine the NBA All-Star Game starters, while current players and a media panel accounted for 25 percent each.  James (2,638,294 fan votes) edged Antetokounmpo (2,530,211) as the top overall vote-getter among fans, while Curry (2,379,494) led the West.  Durant (2,238,406) and Irving (2,170,833) also had the highest fan totals in their respective position groups.

After all votes were tallied, players were ranked in each conference by position (guard and frontcourt) within each of the three voting groups – fan votes, player votes and media votes.  Each player’s score was calculated by averaging his weighted rank from the fan votes, the player votes and the media votes.  The two guards and three frontcourt players with the best score in each conference were named NBA All-Star Game starters.  Fan voting served as the tiebreaker for players in a position group with the same score.  This year, the tiebreaker was not needed to determine a starting spot. 
 
ALL-STAR GAME STARTER POOL

Eastern Conference
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks (2nd All-Star selection): After starting last year’s game in his All-Star debut, Antetokounmpo will become the first Milwaukee player to start consecutive NBA All-Star Games since Marques Johnson in the 1979 and 1980 midseason classics.
  • DeMar DeRozan, Raptors (4th All-Star selection): Toronto’s all-time leading scorer will start the All-Star Game for the second year in a row after earning his third straight selection.
  • Joel Embiid, 76ers (1st All-Star selection): A first-time All-Star in his second season, Embiid will be the first 76ers player to start an All-Star Game since Allen Iverson in 2006.
  • Kyrie Irving, Celtics (5th All-Star selection): An All-Star for the fifth time in seven seasons, Irving was the MVP of the 2014 All-Star Game as a 21-year-old in his third season.
  • LeBron James, Cavaliers (14th All-Star selection): The four-time Kia NBA MVP will make his 14th All-Star Game start, one behind Kobe Bryant (15) for the most in NBA history.  James has tied Michael Jordan, Karl Malone and Jerry West with his 14th All-Star selection, trailing only five players: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19 All-Star selections), Bryant (18), Tim Duncan (15), Kevin Garnett (15) and Shaquille O’Neal (15).

Western Conference
  • DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans (4th All-Star selection): This marks the fourth straight All-Star berth for Cousins, who made it with the Sacramento Kings in each of the previous three seasons.
  • Stephen Curry, Warriors (5th All-Star selection): The two-time Kia NBA MVP will be the first player in Warriors history to start five consecutive All-Star Games.
  • Anthony Davis, Pelicans (5th All-Star selection): Davis, who scored a record 52 points in last year’s All-Star Game, has passed Chris Paul for the most All-Star selections in Pelicans history. Davis joins Cousins to give New Orleans two All-Star starters for the first time.
  • Kevin Durant, Warriors (9th All-Star selection): The 2012 All-Star Game MVP has been named an All-Star for the ninth season in a row.
  • James Harden, Rockets (6th All-Star selection): His six All-Star nods have all come in his six seasons with Houston, putting him third behind Hakeem Olajuwon (12 All-Star selections) and Yao Ming (eight) for the most in Rockets history.

Below are the overall scores – based on results from all three voting groups – for the top finishers at each position.  Each player’s score is weighted based on 50 percent for fan vote, 25 percent for player vote and 25 percent for media vote.  The formula to determine a player’s score is (Fan Rank * 2 + Player Rank + Media Rank)/4.  For complete voting results and a list of media voters, please visit pr.nba.com.

Eastern Conference Frontcourt
Player (Team)
Fan Rank
Player Rank
Media Rank
Weighted Score
1. *#LeBron James (Cleveland)
     1
     2
     1
     1.25
2. *Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
     2
     1
     1
     1.5
3. *Joel Embiid (Philadelphia)
     3
     4
     3
     3.25
4. Kristaps Porzingis (New York)
     4
     3
     4
     3.75
5. Kevin Love (Cleveland)
     5
     6
     7
     5.75
6. Al Horford (Boston)
     7
     8
     5
     6.75
7. Andre Drummond (Detroit)
     9
     5
     6
     7.25
8. Jayson Tatum (Boston)
     6
     12
     8
     8.0
9. Enes Kanter (New York)
     8
     9
     8
     8.25
10. Dwight Howard (Charlotte)
     10
     13
     8
     10.25

Eastern Conference Guards
Player (Team)
Fan Rank
Player Rank
Media Rank
Weighted Score
1. *Kyrie Irving (Boston)
     1
     1
     1
     1.0
2. *DeMar DeRozan (Toronto)
     2
     2
     2
     2.0
3. Victor Oladipo (Indiana)
     4
     3
     3
     3.5
4. Ben Simmons (Philadelphia)
     3
     6
     6
     4.5
5. John Wall (Washington)
     6
     4
     4
     5.0
6. Bradley Beal (Washington)
     9
     5
     4
     6.75
7. Isaiah Thomas (Cleveland)
     7
     9
     6
     7.25
8. Kyle Lowry (Toronto)
     8
     7
     6
     7.25
9. Dwyane Wade (Cleveland)
     5
     15
     6
     7.75
10. Eric Bledsoe (Milwaukee)
     12
     10
     6
     10.0

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Team captain
Western Conference Frontcourt
Player (Team)
Fan Rank
Player Rank
Media Rank
Weighted Score
1. *Kevin Durant (Golden State)
     1
     1
     1
     1.0
2. *Anthony Davis (New Orleans)
     3
     2
     2
     2.5
3. *DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans)
     4
     3
     4
     3.75
4. Draymond Green (Golden State)
     2
     7
     6
     4.25
5. Paul George (Oklahoma City)
     5
     6
     7
     5.75
6. LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio)
     8
     4
     3
     5.75
7. Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota)
     9
     5
     4
     6.75
8. Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio)
     6
     8
     9
     7.25
9. Carmelo Anthony (Oklahoma City)
     7
     9
     9
     8.0
10. Kyle Kuzma (L.A. Lakers)
     10
     12
     9
     10.25
    
Western Conference Guards
Player (Team)
Fan Rank
Player Rank
Media Rank
Weighted Score
1. *#Stephen Curry (Golden State)
     1
     1
     2
     1.25
2. *James Harden (Houston)
     3
     2
     1
     2.25
3. Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City)
     4
     3
     3
     3.5
4. Manu Ginobili (San Antonio)
     2
     8
     7
     4.75
5. Klay Thompson (Golden State)
     5
     9
     5
     6.0
6. Chris Paul (Houston)
     7
     7
     5
     6.5
7. Damian Lillard (Portland)
     8
     4
     7
     6.75
8. Jimmy Butler (Minnesota)