Posted January 23, 2014

NBA announces 2014 All-Star Game starters, led by LeBron James and Kevin Durant

2014 All-Star Weekend, Ben Golliver, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Paul George, Stephen Curry
Kevin Durant; LeBron James

Kevin Durant (left) and LeBron James (right) lead the way for the 2014 All-Star rosters. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

The NBA announced the starting lineups for the 2014 All-Star Game on Thursday, with Heat forward LeBron James and Thunder forward Kevin Durant standing as the leading vote-getters in their respective conferences.

James will be joined in the Eastern Conference’s starting lineup by Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Pacers forward Paul George and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

Durant will be joined in the Western Conference’s starting lineup by Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Clippers forward Blake Griffin, and Timberwolves forward Kevin Love.

Irving, George, Curry and Love will all be making their first All-Star Game starting lineup appearances.

Irving claimed a spot that was held by Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, who has been sidelined for most of the season due to injury. George moved into the spot held by then-Celtics forward/center Kevin Garnett last season, who has struggled so far this year with the Nets.

Curry supplanted Clippers guard Chris Paul, who is sidelined with a separated shoulder. Love moved past Rockets center Dwight Howard, who was tracking towards a starting selection in the third round of fan voting.

James was the overall leading vote-getter with more than 1.4 million votes. George also topped 1.2 million votes.

Durant received nearly 1.4 million votes to lead the West. Curry received more than 1 million votes, tops among Western Conference backcourt players.

Mahoney: Picking 2014 All-Star Game Starters

The All-Star Game’s starting lineups are determined by a fan vote. Fans are able to select two “backcourt” players and three “frontcourt” players for each conference. Coaches from each conference will vote to fill out the reserve units.

Bryant was voted into the starting lineup despite playing just six games this season due to Achilles and knee injuries. If he is unable to play in the All-Star Game, the NBA league office will appoint a replacement player for the West’s roster, and the West’s coach will get to select who fills Bryant’s starting lineup spot.

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

The final All-Star voting tallies are below.

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt

1. LeBron James (Mia) 1,416,419
2. Paul George (Ind) 1,211,318
3. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 935,702
4. Roy Hibbert (Ind) 524,809
5. Chris Bosh (Mia) 406,867
6. Kevin Garnett (Bkn) 209,398
7. Joakim Noah (Chi) 181,145
8. Andre Drummond (Det) 163,798
9. Tyson Chandler (NYK) 137,512
10. Luol Deng (Cle) 121,754
11. Jeff Green (Bos) 121,040
12. Carlos Boozer (Chi) 103,502
13. David West (Ind) 95,363
14. Paul Pierce (Bkn) 95,034
15. Josh Smith (Det) 75,433

Backcourt

1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 929,542
2. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 860,221
3. John Wall (Was) 393,129
4. Derrick Rose (Chi) 359,546
5. Ray Allen (Mia) 250,909
6. Rajon Rondo (Bos) 174,654
7. Lance Stephenson (Ind) 148,382
8. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 131,228
9. George Hill (Ind) 129,533
10. Deron Williams (Bkn) 126,423

Western Conference

Frontcourt

1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,396,294
2. Blake Griffin (LAC) 688,466
3. Kevin Love (Min) 661,246
4. Dwight Howard (Hou) 653,318
5. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 609,172
6. Tim Duncan (SA) 492,657
7. Anthony Davis (NO) 286,247
8. Andre Iguodala (GS) 266,611
9. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 255,005
10. Pau Gasol (LAL) 247,323
11. David Lee (GS) 232,210
12. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 201,873
13. Chandler Parsons (Hou) 174,512
14. Omer Asik (Hou) 130,344
15. Andrew Bogut (GS) 127,947

Backcourt

1. Stephen Curry (GS) 1,047,281
2. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 988,884
3. Chris Paul (LAC) 804,309
4. Jeremy Lin (Hou) 628,818
5. James Harden (Hou) 470,381
6. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 317,338
7. Damian Lillard (Por) 280,966
8. Tony Parker (SA) 258,751
9. Klay Thompson (GS) 162,984
10. Ricky Rubio (Min) 124,230

17 comments
R.j.Knackstedt
R.j.Knackstedt

Kobe has absolutely no business being on the allstar team. This shouldn't be a popularity contest. It's about the best of the best of the current season and it's not about the achievements of past seasons.

Keef
Keef

Lin getting more votes than Harden???!! SMH

RichardMbir
RichardMbir

no matter what this is what the NBA has selected for the game with reliance to public vote.those who i mostly expected to feature including LeBron,Durant,Bryant and Dwayne are all in the list of the starting line up.am sorry not to see Derrick Rose feature due to injury and also Chris Paul who is also out of the starters,i wish them better luck next time.i want to use this platform to congratulate and welcome the newly selected NBA All Stars 2014 starters featuring for the first time for been voted for the starting line up.i hope the game will be a life time experience for them.i wish them and all the starters good luck in the up coming NBA All Stars game.God Bless You All and everybody under NBA.

Dirty-J
Dirty-J

i don't like the voting for the all star game...it should be up to the coaches who are selected to coach the all start game, be the ones to put the team together....so instances like kobe and rondo dont happen..they hardly played a game so far this season and are selected by popularity?? when a guy could be bustin' his tail off and playing well doesnt get a all star selection...a very poor way the selections are made for the all star game...

JamieBreslow
JamieBreslow

Kobe will be in every all-star game until he retires, and he deserves it. It's an exhibition game meant to please the casual fan. No one in the last 15 years has deserved the starting SG spot than Kobe, healthy or not. We might be mad or disappointed,  but this is a top ten player of all time and people want to see him there. Plus, he's won more All-Star MVP's than anyone one else in the leagues history, because year in and out, he's the only guy that truly plays it like it matters...he has no other peer in that department. 

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

East Starters

1. LeBron James (Mia)
2. Paul George (Ind)
3. Roy Hibbert (Ind)
4. John Wall (Was)
5. DeMar DeRozan (Tor)

bench - 4 players only worthy

6. Carmelo Anthony (NYK)
7. Andre Drummond (Det)
8. David West (Ind)
9. Kyrie Irving (Cle)

 West Starters

1. Kevin Durant (OKC)
2. Kevin Love (Min)
3. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 

4. Tony Parker (SA) 

5. Stephen Curry (GS

bench

6. James Harden (Hou)
7. Damian Lillard (Por)
8. Blake Griffin (LAC)
9. Dwight Howard (Hou)
10. Anthony Davis (NO)
11. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por)
12. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal)



svenjuice
svenjuice

Fans are so stupid. Rondo shouldn't get a single vote, seeing as he hasn't played. Ridiculous joke.

MikeHuser1
MikeHuser1

They should make it partially fan vote. Perhaps 1/3 fan, 1/3 coach, 1/3 player.

True Fan
True Fan

Popularity contest. Nothing more.

ThomasGonzalez
ThomasGonzalez

Im a little disappointed ty lawson didn't make it

sneakeoneuc
sneakeoneuc

NBA all star voting is a joke. #getitright

iceman210
iceman210

@Keef he has all of china behind him... not fair.. thats alot of votes lol

iceman210
iceman210

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler 

Your west all stars kind of makes sense, but in the east you put DeRozan over Melo? Thats how you lose credibility. And where the heck is Duncan at in your line up?!

reed
reed

@sneakeoneuc 


What, you don't think that Jeremy Lin is better than James Harden?