NBA All-Star Game starters announced; Curry, Durant, James, Irving top vote-getters

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Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan, Steve Kerr
Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan, Steve Kerr

The NBA has announced the starters for the 2017 All-Star game in New Orleans. Leading the pack are Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant from the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers as the top vote-getters in from their respective positions and conference.

James had the highest fan vote this year with over 1.89 million votes. Curry was second with 1.84 million and top among West guards. Durant (1.76 million) and Irving (1.69 million) are the top vote-getters in the East guards and West forwards ranking.

LeBron still the top vote-getter among NBA All-Star Game starters

This year 50% accounted for fan votes with 25% each going to players and media votes. Joining James and Irving in the East All-Stars starting line-up are the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler and Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan.

Antetokounmpo will be making his All-Star debut. He is the first Bucks player to named in the All-Star Game since Michael Redd made the team in 2014. Meanwhile, Butler is named an All-Star starter for the first time and third overall in his career.

This is also the third appearance for DeRozan, who has led the Raptors to one of the best records in the East this season. James is named in the All-Star for the 13th straight time and Irving will appear in his fourth.

In the West All-Stars starters, making the team are the Houston Rockets’ James Harden, New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis and San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard.Harden is appearing in his fifth All-Star appearance, all as a member of the Rockets.

Curry and Davis will be playing in their fourth straight All-Star Game. Meanwhile, Durant is in his eighth while Leonard will be playing in back-to-back All-Star Games.

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, who is having a historic season and averaging a triple-double, missed the cut for the NBA All-Star Game starters. The 2017 NBA All-Star weekend is set from February 17 to 19 in New Orleans.

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