LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors remain atop the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively, after the second returns of NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 presented by Sprint. James continues to own the top overall spot with 775,810 votes, while Curry’s 755,486 votes are good for second in the league.
The 64th NBA All-Star Game will tip off Sunday, Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game will be seen by fans in 215 countries and territories and will be heard in 47 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 13th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 30th year of NBA All-Star coverage.
James, the Chicago Bulls’ Pau Gasol (372,109) and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (365,449) pace the Eastern Conference’s frontcourt players. Washington Wizards guard John Wall (439,395) remains the East’s leading vote-getter in the backcourt, and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (396,757) is second.
Curry is followed in the West backcourt by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (694,665). The Western Conference frontcourt is led, in order, by the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis (732,154), the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin (403,415) and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol (343,587).
1. LeBron James (Cle) 775,810
2. Pau Gasol (Chi) 372,109
3. Carmelo Anthony (NY) 365,449
4. Chris Bosh (Mia) 283,899
5. Kevin Love (Cle) 219,139
6. Joakim Noah (Chi) 103,644
7. Marcin Gortat (Was) 103,478
8. Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 83,642
9. Kevin Garnett (Bkn) 62,584
10. Al Jefferson (Cha) 62,436
11. Nikola Vucevic (Orl) 48,667
12. Paul Pierce (Was) 46,422
13. Paul Millsap (Atl) 34,751
14. Al Horford (Atl) 33,421
15. Nikola Mirotic (Chi) 27,723
1. John Wall (Was) 439,395
2. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 396,757
3. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 308,727
4. Kyle Lowry (Tor) 274,741
5. Jimmy Butler (Chi) 174,250
6. Derrick Rose (Chi) 168,281
7. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 72,204
8. Louis Williams (Tor) 25,596
9. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 24,898
10. Bradley Beal (Was) 20,526
1. Anthony Davis (NO) 732,154
2. Blake Griffin (LAC) 403,415
3. Marc Gasol (Mem) 343,587
4. Tim Duncan (SA) 288,235
5. Kevin Durant (OKC) 254,448
6. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 234,290
7. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 165,456
8. Dwight Howard (Hou) 161,295
9. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 139,967
10. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 101,651
11. Rudy Gay (Sac) 75,827
12. DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 58,200
13. Tyson Chandler (Dal) 48,191
14. Nick Young (LAL) 46,323
15. Zach Randolph (Mem) 43,897
1. Stephen Curry (GS) 755,486
2. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 694,665
3. James Harden (Hou) 516,514
4. Chris Paul (LAC) 334,544
5. Damian Lillard (Por) 147,955
6. Rajon Rondo (Dal) 137,974
7. Klay Thompson (GS) 128,542
8. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 122,134
9. Jeremy Lin (LAL) 114,286
10. Tony Parker (SA) 67,362
Balloting concludes on Monday, Jan. 19. Starters will be announced live on TNT on Thursday, Jan. 22, 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 San Antonio Spurs at the Chicago Bulls (8 p.m. ET) and the Brooklyn Nets at the Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET).
Report: NBA All-Star Game Starters Announced
LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and rising second-year stars Luka Doncic and Trae Young headline the star-studded group of present and future superstars who make up the starters for the 69th All-Star Game.
James, the catalyst for the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers, will captain the Western Conference team for the second straight season. Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks’ star and reigning Kia MVP, captains the Eastern Conference team for a second straight season as well.
A fresh face in the starters’ mix this season is Dallas wunderkind Luka Doncic, who joins Houston’s James Harden as the two starters in the backcourt. Clippers forward and reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and Lakers forward Anthony Davis round out the All-L.A. frontcourt.
Boston’s Kemba Walker is joined by Atlanta’s Trae Young in the East backcourt. Like Doncic, Young is a first-time All-Star and starter in just his second NBA season. Antetokounmpo will be flanked by Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Toronto’s Pascal Siakam, another first time All-Star and starter, in the East frontcourt.
Adam Silver Believes Next Year’s ASG Draft Will be Televised
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he was pleased with the new format for the league’s All-Star Game and believed that next year’s player draft would be televised.
“I thought it was incredible. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of the players,” Silver told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne following a 148-145 win for Team LeBron over Team Stephen at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
2018 NBA All-Star Sunday Recap
Michael Petrower recaps the All-Star Game from Sunday in Los Angeles.
The 2018 NBA All Star Game had some added appeal this year, with Captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry selecting playground style from the pool of All-Stars. Although it was not televised, it drew a lot of interest to say the least.
Team Lebron was headlined by Kevin Durant (the alleged first pick), Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, and Kyrie Irving. Sadly, Team Lebron suffered big losses with John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, Kevin Love and Kristaps Porzingis going down with injuries. Team Stephen was led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Joel Embiid and Demar DeRozan.
NBA fans were ready to indulge on the highlight real of plays to commence…That was, until the NBA inflicted a marathon-like performance that seemed a bit unnecessary, to say the least. Kevin Hart was at the center of theatrics that had NBA fans scratching their heads questioning what was on their television screen. Fergie topped off the saga with what was one of the more questionable national anthems we’ve seen in recent years. However, if you stuck around long enough, the game started at 8:40 PM EST and the flashy plays that we hoped for, began.
Joel Embiid made his first A;l-Star game appearance and kicked off the scoring festivities for Team Stephen with a ferocious and-one dunk. Team Stephen led all of the first quarter and won the quarter 42-31. Karl Anthony Towns led the first quarter scoring with 11 points. Team LeBron, however would storm back and cut the lead to two, 78-76 at half. LeBron came into his 14th straight All-Star game and lead his team at the half with 15 points. Klay Thompson also lead Team Stephen with 15 points at half.
The second half ensued and after some back and forth between the two teams, Team Stephen was leading by three going into the fourth quarter, 112-109. Team Stephen grew their lead to 11 while LeBron and KD got some rest. But after the two came back in, the 11-point deficit was erased after a LeBron three and the teams were now tied at 144 with 1:16 left in the fourth quarter.
DeRozan would make a free throw to put Team Stephen up one point, but Lebron followed with a strong two-pointer to put his team up one. DeRozan tried to answer, but threw away a pass which resulted in an easy two points for Russell Westbrook to ice the game. Team LeBron was the 2018 All Star Game winner with a score of 148-145.
LeBron James went on to win his third All Star MVP after finishing with 29 points to go along with 10 rebounds, eigh assists and a steal on 12-17 shooting. DeRozan and Damian Lillard lead Team Stephen with 21 points each.