The starting lineup of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game Western Conference team will feature four Los Angeles stars – two from the Lakers and two from the Clippers.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant earned his record 14th All-Star spot for Feb. 26’s highly anticipated outing, and he’ll be joined in the backcourt by a fellow Western Conference All-Star mainstay in Clippers point guard Chris Paul. First-time starters Blake Griffin (he was a reserve last year) and Andrew Bynum will lead up the West's frontcourt charge, and they’ll be joined by the only non-L.A. player starting for the squad in Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant.
Bryant ultimately led all Western Conference players in voting with nearly 1.6 million total votes.
On the other side of the court things will be far more diverse. Representing the Miami Heat, predictably, will be LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Joining James in the frontcourt will be New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Orlando Magic (for now) center Dwight Howard. Last year’s league MVP, Derrick Rose, will play alongside Wade in the backcourt and serve as starting point guard.
Howard led all vote getters with 1.6 million total votes. Rose ultimately collected around 1.5 million votes.
All-Star back-ups are selected by NBA coaches and will be announced Feb. 9.