NBA announces All-Star game starters

Jan 9, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) controls the ball against New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the fourth quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The votes of the NBA popularity contest are in, and the All-Star starters have been announced. Here are the top vote-getters this year (via NBA.com):

Eastern Conference

Carmelo Anthony, New York
Paul George, Indiana
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
LeBron James, Miami
Dwyane Wade, Miami
Head coach: Frank Vogel, Indiana

Western Conference

Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
Stephen Curry, Golden State
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers
Kevin Love, Minnesota
Head coach TBA

Perhaps the most surprising player on the list is Stephen Curry, who has the most votes out of any guard in the West, over 200,000 ahead of Chris Paul.

Bryant was just behind Curry, but he previously said that he wouldn’t be physically ready to play in the game, so a replacement will likely have to be brought in.

LeBron James led everyone,  edging out Kevin Durant by just around 30,000 votes. As for the East backcourt–it wasn’t really close. Kyrie Irving finished behind Dwyane Wade, but way ahead of John Wall, who was more than 400,000 votes behind the Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard. The All-Star weekend will run through Feb. 14-16 in New Orleans.

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