• Iain Morison

NBA Announces 2017 All-Star Starting Lineup

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The starting line-ups for the NBA All-Star game were released this Thursday on TNT. This year’s NBA All-Star game will be held in New Orleans over the weekend of the February 17-19.

For the Western Conference, the starting guards will be Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors/fourth All-Star Appearance) and James Harden (Houston Rockets/fifth All-Star Appearance). Starting at the forward positions will be Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors/eighth All-Star Appearance), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs/second All-Star Appearance) and Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans/fourth All-Star Appearance.)

For the Eastern Conference, the starting guards will be Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers/fourth All-Star Appearance) and DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors/third All-Star Appearance). Starting at the forward position will be LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers/thirteenth All-Star Appearance), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks/first All-Star Appearance) and Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls/third All-Star Appearance).

Voting for All-Star selection is scaled through three different sources: 50% Fan Votes/25% Player Votes/25% Media Vote.

The major storyline of the All-Star starters selection of 2017 was the snub of Oklahoma City Thunder guard, Russel Westbrook. Averaging a triple double for the year with 30.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.4 assists. Westbrook is the first person to average these type of numbers since Oscar Robinson who is an NBA hall of famer and an all-time legend. His league leading 21 triple doubles and 30.6 points a game weren’t enough to earn him a starters nod. Social Media proceeded to cry out in anger, through the voices of current and past players, about the injustice of the voting system and how it has become a popularity contest instead of an assessment and recognition of skill.

Other notable storylines include:

Lebron James was All-Star MVP in 2006 and 2008, he is also the all-time leading scorer for the NBA All-Star game with 291 points

Kevin Durant was All-Star MVP in 2012

Kyrie Irving was All Star MVP in 2014

Russel Westbrook was All-Star MVP in 2015 and 2016

First All-Star Appearance for Giannis Antetokoumpo and first for a Milwaukee Bucks player since 2004

(Information and statistics derived from NBA.com)

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