NBA All Star 2016: Meet Your Starters
The 2016 NBA All-Star Game will be held in Toronto on Valentine’s Day (February 14). The final voting ballot was released earlier on Thursday. Kobe Bryant (with close to 1.9 million votes) and Stephen Curry (with a little over 1.6 million votes) will headline the showpiece event, the NBA All Star 2016.Advertisement
Bryant and Curry will be joined by Oklahoma City Thunder stars Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard in the starting unit for the Western Conference. Apparently, Durant will start at Center with Leonard playing the 4 and Bryant at the 3. Curry and Westbrook will form a potent backcourt.
Out in the East, LeBron James received a little over 1 million votes to lead the ballot. LeBron will start the All-Star game alongside Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, Toronto Raptors floor general Kyle Lowry and Miami Heat stalwart Dwayne Wade.
One-Two punch like no other…
Durant and Westbrook will start an all-star game together for the fifth time – breaking the franchise (Thunder/SuperSonics) record set by Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp. While Westbrook was the MVP of the 2015 game, Durant has scored more than 30 points in four consecutive All-Star games.
NBA All Star 2016: Anthony Davis finished a disappointing ninth in the voting for West Forwards/Bigs. Draymond Green was expected to earn a starting nod but he trailed Leonard and Durant in the final ballot. In fact, even Mavs center Zaza Pachulia finished with more votes than Davis and Green.
Andre Drummond was expected to earn a starting nod for the East. But he narrowly missed out. It seems like LeBron will start at Center with good friend Carmelo Anthony playing power forward.
Toronto will be fun…
Stephen Curry posted a video talking about the joys of playing an all-star game in Canada. “It’s going to be a fun experience for both sides of my family. I lived there (in Toronto) for three years, my wife is from there, she has a lot of family that still is up there that’s going to be able to celebrate with us. So I’m going to enjoy it and look forward to it.’”
Kobe’s final hurrah
Dwayne Wade is particularly looking forward to the All-Star Game because it would mark the last time Bryant would share the spotlight with the best players in the league. “It’ll be a special All-Star because this is Kobe’s last run,” said the Heat icon.
NBA All Star 2016: Stay tuned for more on the 2016 All Star Game.