Posted November 15, 2013

NBA releases 2014 All-Star Game ballot

2014 All-Star Weekend, Ben Golliver, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James
(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Sport)

LeBron James (right) and Kobe Bryant were among the leading 2013 All-Star vote-getters. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Sport)

The NBA unveiled Friday the ballot for the 2014 All-Star Game in New Orleans.

Like last year, the ballot designates players as “backcourt” and “frontcourt” rather than as “guards,” “forwards” and “centers.” Fans can vote for two backcourt players and three frontcourt players for each conference, and the ballot includes 24 backcourt players and 36 frontcourt players for each conference. The results of the fan voting process will determine the starting lineups for the game; coaches from each conference vote to select the All-Star reserves.

All 30 teams have at least three players represented on the official ballot, which is listed below.

Voting is now open and will continue through Jan. 20. Fans can submit their choices through mobile apps, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, text message and on NBA.com.

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.

For the second year in a row, NBA 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.

Fans voted for the following starting lineups last year.

Eastern Conference: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Heat forward LeBron James, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Celtics forward/center Kevin Garnett.

Western Conference: Clippers guard Chris Paul, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Lakers center Dwight Howard.

Bryant, who is currently sidelined with an Achilles injury, was last year’s overall leading vote-getter with 1,591,437 and James led the East with 1,583,646 votes received. Durant (1,504,047) Anthony (1,460,950) and Wade (1,052,310) each topped one million votes.

The scope of last year’s voting margins suggest there won’t be too many changes this year. In fact, it would be qualify as a major surprise if these seven 2013 starters — James, Wade, Anthony, Paul, Durant, Griffin and Howard — aren’t back again this year.

Bryant’s injury is the biggest wild card, but his overwhelming popularity suggests he could easily earn the starting nod from the fans even if he doesn’t play much (if at all) before the voting period closes. His top challengers include James Harden (Rockets), Russell Westbrook (Thunder) and Stephen Curry (Warriors), with Jeremy Lin looming as a threat given his global appeal. Remember, Lin finished less than 50,000 votes behind Paul for a starting spot last season.

The Eastern Conference’s starting lineup has two spots under the microscope: Rondo’s and Garnett’s. The former will almost certainly go to Bulls guard Derrick Rose, even if he’s off to a bit of a slow start following knee surgery, thanks to his overwhelming 2012 voting total.

The chase for Garnett’s spot figures to be a total toss-up given his move to Brooklyn and his reduced role. Garnett, Chris Bosh (Heat), Tyson Chandler (Knicks), Joakim Noah (Bulls), Brook Lopez (Nets), Paul Pierce (Nets), Paul George (Pacers) and Roy Hibbert (Pacers) could all be in the mix, although Chandler is injured, Pierce has taken a step back in Brooklyn, and Indiana’s small-market stars did not fare well at all in last year’s voting numbers. This was the closest race last year and it should be the closest race again this season.

Based on voting results from the last two years, the early favorite here is probably Bosh, who lost out to Garnett by only 25,000 votes last year and was appointed as a starter in place of the injured Rondo. Playing alongside Wade and James does have its advantages.

The 2014 All-Star Game is set for Sunday, Feb. 16.

2014 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOT

EASTERN CONFERENCE BACKCOURT

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

EASTERN CONFERENCE FRONTCOURT

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

WESTERN CONFERENCE BACKCOURT

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

WESTERN CONFERENCE FRONTCOURT

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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