All-Star starters announced tonight on TNT

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Can the King stay on top?

The race between Cleveland’s LeBron James and Golden State’s Stephen Curry to be the overall leader in voting for the 2015 All-Star Game looks to be coming down to the wire.

NBA All-Star 2015We will discover the winner tonight with the announcement of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game starters, which airs live on TNT at 7 p.m. ET.

LeBron has led in both the Eastern Conference and overall voting since initial totals were announced, totaling 971,299 votes in the most recent returns. Right on James’ heels was Curry, with 958,014 votes.

Sandwiched around the announcement of those voting totals, James missed eight games to rest injuries. Whether that absence will cut into James’ overall vote total remains to be seen. Since returning, he’s played in five games, averaging 30.6 ppg, 7.o rpg and 6.0 apg.

With attention focused on Curry and James at the top of the charts, it’s probably also worth keeping an eye on New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, who at last count was third overall with 922,381 votes, nearly 50,000 behind James but making Davis the only player besides James and Curry with over 900,000 total votes.

There haven’t been any changes in either Conference’s starting five since the initial voting totals were announced, but a significant surge happened in the last announcement totals. Toronto’s Kyle Lowry leapfrogged Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving to move into third among Eastern Conference guards behind John Wall and Dwyane Wade. The Raptors have mounted a significant social media campaign to get out the vote for Lowry, though at last count Lowry was still well behind Wade (406,974 votes to Wade’s 507,326).

If voting patterns hold, joining James, Wall and Wade as starters for the Eastern Conference should be Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol.

For the Western Conference, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and Marc Gasol look to hold on to their spots alongside Curry and Davis in the starting lineup.

With last night’s Atlanta win over Indiana, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer clinched the job of coaching the Eastern Conference All-Stars and Golden State’s Steve Kerr will helm the Western Conference. Yet aside from Curry, no other players from either team were in the top five at any position in either conference in the most recent voting.

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 Spurs at the Bulls (8 p.m. ET) and the Nets at the Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET).

The 64th NBA All-Star Game will be played in New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks, on Sunday, February 15, 2015. The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night — including the Sears Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and Sprite Slam Dunk — will be held at Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets.

24 Comments

  1. AllstarGAMEisAjoke says:

    No KD??????? No Westbrook??????? Not one Atlanta hawk?????? The allstar starters are suppose to be the best 10 players in the league correct? So what we are saying is KD and Westbrook are not top 10 best players in league? Seriously?

  2. Kobe probably could have lasted in the all star game in the olden days, but he wouldn’t last two seconds in the 2015 and beyond nba allstars game!

  3. Lebron james is the best momentum, physical, and most hard working nba player in the world that is why he deserves to be nvp!

  4. nbafan says:

    Leonard, Durant, Harden, Westbrook, etc. to me are more deserving than some of these players. I can’t believe none of those 4 were voted in. What a disappointment!

  5. harriethehawk says:

    No fair! Kobe Bryant and Carmello Anthony as starters? Seriously????????

  6. charles says:

    sorry not demar jimmy butler

  7. James harden says:

    J A M E S H A R D E N J A M E S H A R D E N J A M E S H A R D E N

  8. alex felicetta says:

    no james harden?

  9. James says:

    Man i can’t wait to see Kobe he’s last all star game

  10. gartzos21 says:

    Everybody keeps forgetting that all-star participation is not just about the starters…. I’m sure coaches will include james harden, kyle lowry etc. Wait till the whole teams are announced and then start complaining about who was lef behind

  11. Jordan says:

    West:
    Damian Lillard
    Stephen Curry
    James Harden
    Chandler Parsons
    LaMarcus Aldridge
    East:
    Kyrie Irving
    D Wade
    Carmelo Anthony
    LeBron James
    Al Horford

  12. colby black says:

    James harden man I rather him than Stephen curry. James harden in this all star line up.

  13. JDUB8604 says:

    Wall…Lowry…Teague. Any of them are worthy of starting at point for the East but I couldnt.argue anyone pg over the other. #WizNation #DCRISING lol

  14. D'Squarius Green Jr. says:

    The voting is solely based on popularity which is so wrong. I think they should get rid of the vote all together. Harden should be starting instead of Kobe, who isn’t even playing at an all-star level this season. Gasol should be gone and Aldridge should start in his place. This whole voting thing is such bs.

  15. colby black says:

    why isn’t James harden in this line up I mean come on. Stephen curry’s in but James harden seriously
    every one knows to fear the beard James harden is best.

  16. R P says:

    I’m going to be very disappointed if Kevin Durant isn’t included. How could the current MVP – who is playing very well since his return – not be right up there?

  17. Grant Becker says:

    It’s too bad the all-star ballot is picked by the fans. Here’s a good ballot that picks the REAL all stars: http://thecollegetailgate.com/2015/01/21/my-nba-all-star-ballot/

  18. Alseny Sylla says:

    this isn’t fair. what happened to James Harden? the one who is been averaging the most point in the league right now? not to forget to mention KD also?

  19. Kane says:

    If kyle lowry doesnt start, the nba is some rigged bs

  20. DGKing says:

    You’ve got to be kidding me. It’s all a big show. No one from the NBA Championship team is even listed. Kawhi Leonard is better than all of the All Stars put together. He’s just not a showy man but a great basketball player.

    • Sean says:

      Kawai Leonard doesn’t deserve to be an all star this year. He’s played in less than half of the spurs games so far.

    • Nbaforlife says:

      Calm yourself for starters Kawhi has been injured for the majority of the season. Ill be pissed if Kobe gets in but its what the fans want