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NBA All-Star Game 2014: When and Where to Catch Starting Lineup Announcement

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Alex KayCorrespondent IJanuary 21, 2014

Voting for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game has concluded, and it’s time for the league to tally the results. While the big event isn’t set to tip off until Sunday, Feb. 16 in New Orleans, the roster announcement is slated to take place on Thursday, Jan. 23.

That gives fans and pundits three full weeks to discuss the various snubs, questionable selections and other unique storylines that tend to orbit around this star-studded affair.

Let’s take a look at where you can catch the big reveal of the starting lineups for each conference, predict which players will earn those lofty honors and much more.

 

When: Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. ET

Watch: TNT (one-hour special edition of Inside the NBA)

Announcers: Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith

Projected Starters for 2014 NBA All-Star Game
PositionPlayerTeam
Eastern Conference
BackcourtKyrie IrvingCleveland Cavaliers
BackcourtDwyane WadeMiami Heat
FrontcourtPaul GeorgeIndiana Pacers
FrontcourtCarmelo AnthonyNew York Knicks
FrontcourtLeBron JamesMiami Heat
Western Conference
BackcourtStephen CurryGolden State Warriors
BackcourtKobe BryantLos Angeles Lakers
FrontcourtKevin DurantOklahoma City Thunder
FrontcourtBlake GriffinLos Angeles Clippers
FrontcourtDwight HowardHouston Rockets

With the center position done away with for the second straight year, it looks as if the East will be going small. There are a number of prolific forwards in the conference, but the lack of dominant centers is quite apparent.

One noticeably absent name from the projected starting lineups is Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers, who came in fourth place—by a wide margin—when the league office counted ballots and released the third returns. He’s not going to get the starting nod this year, but he should be one of the first players off the pine and a home run selection for the coaches.

The West has a more traditional lineup, with each player slotted in at his natural position. One interesting wrinkle to follow here is Kobe Bryant’s selection as a starter in the backcourt.

Bryant asked fans not to vote for him, stating he doesn’t deserve the honor after playing just six games during the 2013-14 campaign, per Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

According to ESPN Los Angeles’ Ramona Shelburne, the Black Mamba had this to say on the topic:

I really enjoy watching what the younger guys are doing and how they're performing. Even though there's so much respect from me to be able to go out there and play for the fans, I'd much rather see the young guys play in the game because they've obviously put the work in to be in it. I'd much rather go out there and see them participate.

It’s doubtful that a younger backcourt talent in the Western Conference will have a chance to start in this prestigious game until Bryant hangs up his sneakers. He’s one of the most popular players in the entire world and will continue to get voted in as a starter, even as his health and skills diminish as his career winds down.

However, there’s always a chance for an upset—even if the returns indicate it would be a very unlikely one. Let’s take a peak at the latest votes, courtesy of NBA.com on Jan. 9:

2014 All-Star Balloting, Third Returns
Player (Team)Votes
Eastern Conference Backcourt
1. Dwyane Wade (Mia)718,109
2. Kyrie Irving (Cle)652,522
3. Derrick Rose (Chi)323,099
4. John Wall (Was)278,516
5. Ray Allen (Mia)190,086
6. Rajon Rondo (Bos)133,448
7. Deron Williams (BKN)95,309
8. George Hill (Ind)89,428
9. Lance Stephenson (Ind)77,364
10. DeMar DeRozan (Tor)68,985
Eastern Conference Frontcourt
1. LeBron James (Mia)1,076,063
2. Paul George (Ind)899,671
3. Carmelo Anthony (NYK)702,869
4. Roy Hibbert (Ind)385,964
5. Chris Bosh (Mia)304,986
6. Kevin Garnett (BKN)164,021
7. Joakim Noah (Chi)128,201
8. Andre Drummond (Det)120,844
9. Tyson Chandler (NYK)101,637
10. Jeff Green (Bos)96,336
11. Luol Deng (Cle)90,730
12. Carlos Boozer (Chi)80,271
13. Paul Pierce (BKN)72,581
14. David West (Ind)61,612
15. Brook Lopez (BKN)58,477
Western Conference Backcourt
1. Kobe Bryant (LAL)844,538
2. Stephen Curry (GS)677,372
3. Chris Paul (LAC)651,073
4. Jeremy Lin (Hou)471,980
5. James Harden (Hou)338,788
6. Russell Westbrook (OKC)260,499
7. Tony Parker (SA)195,328
8. Damian Lillard (Por)162,363
9. Klay Thompson (GS)108,404
10. Ricky Rubio (Min)97,265
Western Conference Frontcourt
1. Kevin Durant (OKC)1,054,209
2. Dwight Howard (Hou)509,116
3. Blake Griffin (LAC)500,964
4. Kevin Love (Min)483,031
5. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por)404,793
6. Tim Duncan (SA)385,342
7. Anthony Davis (NO)223,956
8. Pau Gasol (LAL)207,213
9. Andre Iguodala (GS)192,616
10. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal)156,792
11. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac)148,604
12. David Lee (GS)141,509
13. Chandler Parsons (Hou)135,387
14. Omer Asik (Hou)101,372
15. Kawhi Leonard (SA)91,859
NBA.com

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