NBA All-Star Game Preview History
2015 NBA All-Star Game Preview
The 2015 NBA All-Star Game is headed to the Big Apple to bring some of the most talented basketball players in the league to it's most iconic venue; Madison Square Garden. As the votes roll in before the starters are announced on January 22, the front runners for the Eastern Conference include LeBron James, Pau Gasol, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, and John Wall. Other big names like Chris Bosh, Kyle Lowry, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love are keeping the voting close in the East but no team is representing the East quite like the Chicago Bulls. Though all 5 off the Bulls roster are unlikely to make the cut, Chicago will be highly represented in the All-Star Game with Pau Gasol (527,582 votes), Jimmy Butler (263,914 votes), Derrick Rose (240,092 votes), Joakim Noah (139,307 votes) and Nikola Mirotic (52,562 votes) all capturing votes this year.
On the other side of the court, the Western Conference is being led by Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis and James Harden. Golden State's Stephen Curry is by far the favorite in the West with 958,014 votes thus far trailing the league's leader, LeBron James, by just 13,285. With Kobe Bryant garnering enough votes (862,568 votes) to be the sure second in the West, Marc Gasol, Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant, and Chris Paul are still pushing to keep their names in the lineup.
Regardless of the cut, with the names that are already in the conversation it's certain that the 2015 NBA All-Star Game will be one of the best yet. Voting ends on January 19 so check back soon to see who made the cut and which starters will take the court at MSG as the East and West tip-off at 8:30PM for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 15, 2015.
2014 NBA All-Star Game Preview
The 2014 NBA All-Star Game is set to bring it's excitement to the New Orleans Arena on February 16 at 7:00 PM CST. With rosters to include names like LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, and many more of the leagues top players this is one experience that always lives up to it's hype. Outside of the All-Star Game, the NBA All-Star weekend will showcase some of the most exciting events of the year with the Dunk Contest, Three-point Shootout, and the Rising Stars Challenge.
The Eastern Conference roster pulled in a magnitude of talent with Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, and LeBron James at the forward positions while Dwayne Wade and Kyrie Irving take on the starting guard roles. Leading the Eastern Conference team will be Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. The vote leaders in the East came as no surprise with James getting 1.4 million and Paul George finishing out at 1.2 million.
The Western Conference team will be lead by OKC's head coach Scott Brooks and his power forward Kevin Durant. Durant's company on the court will include Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, and first-time participant Stephen Curry. Durant raked in the most votes in the West by a long shot with just under 1.4 million leaving Curry in a far second with a little more than a million votes.
2013 NBA All-Star Game Preview
The NBA All-Star Game lineup has been voted on and set to feature some of the best names in the business. From Kobe to Lebron and Durant to Carmelo the lineup is full of NBA superstars. The West was dominated by the Lakers and the Clippers while the East was won by the Heat and the Celtics. Kobe took to highest vote count taking his 15th consecutive All-Star bid, all of which he was a starter, and joining an elite few. The West also picked up the young superstar from Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant, and the Clippers powerhouse Blake Griffin.
The Eastern Conference kept it a close knit circle as well pulling their starters from Miami and Boston. The East will bring together Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett, two players that had a heated exchange on and off the court just a few months prior to the selection. LeBron and Wade will be the adhesive to hold the team together as they are both all too familiar with playing on a roster full of all-stars.
Houston will be the place to be come February 17 when the star studded rosters of the East and West take to the court of the Toyota Center to put on one of the best shows of the season, the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.
2011 NBA All-Star Game Preview
This year’s NBA All-Star game in the Los Angeles Staples Center could be one fans of roundball could still be talking about a decade from now. ESPN’s pre-eminent sports and pop culture writer Bill Simmons noted that this could be the best one since the 1987 extravaganza that featured Magic, Bird and Michael Jordan (along with Isiah Thomas, James Worthy and Dominique Wilkins among others). Why? Because the most of the talent is nearing, or at, the apex of their court brilliance, or as Simmons wrote, “The great Tim Duncan is looming as the worst
All-Star on a 2011 team.” Think about that
As of this writing, the balloting for the starting five went like this: the East would start LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) and Amare Stoudemire (New York Knicks). On the West’s side, Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers), Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets), Yao Ming (Houston Rockets), Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets) and Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) take the stage. Since Yao’s foot will prevent him from playing, this creates a spot for Pau Gasol (Lakers) or Duncan to come in. Have you ever seen so many different past (Bryant, Duncan), present (LeBron, two years running) and strongly possible future MVPs (Rose, Durant, Howard) one game’s roster? This doesn’t even mention possible players like Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks, although his injury will derail him, too), Deron Williams (Utah Jazz), Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers) or LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland TrailBlazers).
As you can tell, there's a youth movement taking over the NBA. Besides players like Rose, Durant and Westbrook, a collection of high-flying ballers who are in their first or second years, like the amazing duo of Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) and Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) might not even make it until next year. This All-Star Game might be the watershed moment in this new era of the NBA, and thus, something you definitely don’t want to miss.
2010 NBA All-Star Game Preview
The 2010 NBA All-Star Game is heading to one the biggest, most advanced new stadiums in the world. The 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The 2010 game will be played Valentine's Day weekend, and be the first NBA game at the state-of-the-art facility built by Jerry Jones.
The 2010 NBA All-Star Game should set a new NBA attendance record as over 60,000 fans could attend the game. The NBA All-Star Weekend festivities include the Rookie/Sophomore Game on Friday, the Skills Competition on Saturday night, and the All-Star Game on Sunday. The Saturday night event features the popular Slam Dunk contest and 3-point shooting competition. It remains to be seen whether Lebron James tries to enter, and win, both of those competitions.