All-Star Starting Lineups Tonight on TNT


VIDEO: GameTime’s crew discusses the latest All-Star voting returns

Will the Eastern Conference again play small ball with a frontcourt lineup that does not include a traditional center?

Could a couple of high-profile wounded warriors limp into the top two places in the Western Conference backcourt?

NBA All-Star 2014Those are the two biggest questions left to answer when the results of fan balloting to choose the starting lineups for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game are announced tonight on TNT (7 p.m. ET).

If the pattern from the previous round of voting holds up, the East will take the floor for the opening tip with a prolific trio of forwards in LeBron James of the Heat, Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks and first-time starter Paul George of the Pacers up front.

James (1,076,063) was the top vote-getter overall when the latest totals were announced on Jan. 9. George (899,671) was second up front for the East and Anthony (702,869) third. In that case, Indiana center Roy Hibbert would be the odd man out. He is the top center in the conference, but was a distant fourth (385,964) in the last front court voting.

The East backcourt appears set with Dwyane Wade of the Heat and Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers holding a commanding lead over Chicago’s injured Derrick Rose and Washington’s John Wall.

In the Western Conference, the race is between the star power of the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and the Clippers’ Chris Paul, neither of whom will be able to play due to injury, and the Warriors’ rising star Stephen Curry, who has never made an All-Star team. Curry. Bryant (844,538) has led the way at every previous count of the ballots and Curry (677,372) was in second place, but with only a narrow lead over Paul (651,073).

The West frontcourt starters will likely be the same as last season with the Thunder’s Kevin Durant (1,054,209), the Rockets’ Dwight Howard (509,116) and the Clippers’ Blake Griffin (500,964) leading the way.

The starting lineups will be revealed during a special one-hour edition of the Emmy Award-winning pregame show “Inside the NBA”, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith. The special will air prior to TNT’s exclusive doubleheader featuring the Lakers at the Heat (8 p.m. ET) and the Nuggets at the Blazers (10:30 p.m. ET).

From there it will be up to the the coaches in each conference to fill out their respective rosters with seven reserves each.

The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be exclusively televised on TNT from New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. The All-Star Game, also broadcast live on ESPN Radio, will collectively reach fans in 215 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.

22 Comments

  1. Garry F says:

    I don’t like the way three forwards can be voted to the starting 5. Should be C,PF,SF.SG,PG. Not fair on Hibbert, Noah etc.

  2. Faizan Syed says:

    Why is Jeremy Lin there???

  3. "smart" nba fan says:

    okay first off how can you say restrict voting? you cant do that at all really. it doesnt matter people vote for there fav player ect. thats why its called voting dummys! HELLO! you choose whoever YOU WANT TO! there cant be restrictions on injuries or such.it is popularity contest its called “voting” hello dumb people welcome to earth! uhm yeah so many stupids on here posting. again! just like elections of presidents and politicians the most popular usually wins.otherwise its not a fan game with FAN voting idiots! grow your brain not your pot! smell some coffee while your out there.

    • Dude says:

      Wow, for someone with terrible grammar, punctuality, and overall writing skills, you sure are quick to call others stupid. Also, it is a popularity contest BECAUSE it is fan voted, not the other way around. So please, go grow your brain good sir, because that may have been one of the most unintelligent ramblings I have ever seen in my life.

  4. dustydreamnz says:

    I can’t believe Irving beat Wall by so many votes. It is a joke but I’m used to it now.

  5. master says:

    Hopefully kevin love will make the starting roster. If not, I have lost faith in you so called basketball fans.

  6. Uknowit says:

    Here it is : Western Starter
    Stephen Curry
    James Harden
    Kevin Durant
    Blake Griffin
    Dwight Howard
    Reserves : Tony Parker, Kevin Love, Lamarcus Aldridge,Andre Iguodala,Nicolas Batum, Anthony Davis,Chandler Parsons
    Eastern :
    John Wall
    Dwayne Wade
    Paul George
    Lebron James
    Roy Hibbert
    Reserves : Kyrie Irving, Lance Stephenson, Chris Bosh, Demar Derozan,Kemba Walker, Paul Millsap, Joakim Noah

    • NBA FAN says:

      What about Melo and honestly i would rather have Drummond than Bosh

    • Dude says:

      So, the West has a grand total of 3 guards on the team (2pg 1 sg)? I think you should probably rethink this because that isn’t happening.

  7. NBA-Blog-A-Holic says:

    IT BEATS THE NFL POWDER PUFF PRO-BOWL ANY DAY

  8. Riley Blake says:

    HI MY NAME IS RILEY BLAKE. I AM ALSO KNOWN AS BIG CAB. THAT IS WHAT MY MAMA CALLS ME. MY FAVORITE PERSON IN THE WHOLE WORLD IS JOE GORDON. I LOVE HIM WITH ALL MY HEART. I LOVE LEBRAN SO FREAKING MUCH. HE SHOULD BE STARTING POINT GUARD. I LOVE LEBRAN IN THE ALL STAR GAME, HIM CROSSING UP JOHN STOCKTON AND KARL MALONE WILL BE SO SICK. LARRY BIRD WILL POSTERIZE ME SO HARD. I CANT WAIT TO PLAY

    ——-BLAKE, RILEY

  9. HeMan Slamma Jamma THE BIG ONE Chump Chimp says:

    wanna hear a joke?

    the wnba

  10. HeMan Slamma Jamma THE BIG ONE Chump Chimp says:

    If you’re butt ugly and get punched in the face, does that make you butthurt?

  11. Olias says:

    Oh boy, the annual popularity contest of professional sports. The voting and selection process for this game has been a farce for many years but nothing changes about it. Most of the popular players who can’t play due to injury or have not earned to play in the game get voted in. Meanwhile, players who do deserve to play in the game this year like Curry, Cousins, Wall, Lee, Drummond, etc, wouldn’t get to play except for the saving grace of the coaches picks. The only amount of mediocre balancing is that some players like Durant, LeBron and KLove who do deserve to be in the game, are. Yes there are intelligent fans who pay attention, the problem is no apparent restrictions for voting, thus allowing too many meaningless votes from a majority of fans who don’t know any better than checking their favorite players name.

  12. Not sure says:

    I can’t understand why they still keep the names of players injured or that haven’t even played a single game on the voting list. Fans shouldn’t be able to vote for people who have yet to set foot on the court when there are other players far more deserving of the votes. Like usual, it is a popularity contest.

  13. Uknowit says:

    These Allstar games are for fans, an Exhibition game! Let us fans watch people flying and something extraordinary, I dont want to see Luol Deng and Tim duncan there lol, I know I know, It’s their skills and all that but I’d rather have Josh Smith/Rudy Gay maybe Gerald Green but nah, I’m satisfied with the new stars desperately coming in, but Let’s make this one fun to watch.

  14. celtic533 says:

    Haha look at Grant Hills hair.Sharpest hairline ever but no sideburns!

  15. Eaham says:

    So many all star snubs, pathetic nba. Fans should not have majority of the say. lets vote in players who cant evn play due to injuries, like rose and kobe lol for %#&@ sakes