Basketball Wiretap

LeBron, Giannis, Harden Headline 2017 NBA All-Star Starters

Jan 19, 2017 7:05 PM

The NBA has announced their starters for the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans.

Eastern Conference
LeBron James
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Jimmy Butler
DeMar DeRozan
Kyrie Irving

Western Conference
Kevin Durant
Kawhi Leonard
Anthony Davis
James Harden
Stephen Curry

Russell Westbrook was the biggest omission as he finished third in fan voting amongst guards but first for players and media. Curry finished first in fan voting but third in player and media voting while Harden finished second in all three categories.

Both James and Durant finished first in their respective conferences in all three categories amongst frontcourt players.

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All-Star Game Starters Remain Unchanged In Second Returns

Jan 12, 2017 2:05 PM

LeBron James continues to lead the NBA in All-Star Game voting and is the first player to eclipse more than one million votes.

Current Projected Starters

Eastern Conference
LeBron James
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Kevin Love

Kyrie Irving
Dwyane Wade

Western Conference
Kevin Durant
Zaza Pachulia
Kawhi Leonard

Stephen Curry
James Harden

Voting Returns

Eastern Conference


1          LeBron James (CLE) 1,066,147
2          Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 963,110
3          Kevin Love (CLE) 473,328
4          Joel Embiid (PHI) 457,300
5          Jimmy Butler (CHI) 400,448
6          Carmelo Anthony (NY) 327,716
7          Kristaps Porzingis (NY) 324,106
8          Paul George (IND) 249,484
9          Jabari Parker (MIL) 120,022
10        Tristan Thompson (CLE) 114,759


1          Kyrie Irving (CLE) 971,362
2          Dwyane Wade (CHI) 514,866
3          DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 453,538
4          Isaiah Thomas (BOS) 401,671
5          Kyle Lowry (TOR) 256,668
6          Derrick Rose (NY) 223,804
7          John Wall (WAS) 173,148
8          Jeremy Lin (BKN) 109,088
9          Kemba Walker (CHA) 105,637
10        Avery Bradley (BOS) 64,157

Western Conference


1          Kevin Durant (GS) 987,479
2          Zaza Pachulia (GS) 823,376
3          Kawhi Leonard (SA) 630,766
4          Anthony Davis (NO) 567,201
5          Draymond Green (GS) 464,319
6          DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) 379,225
7          Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 223,979
8          LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 192,784
9          Blake Griffin (LAC) 172,393
10        Marc Gasol (MEM) 172,146


1          Stephen Curry (GS) 990,390
2          James Harden (HOU) 961,685
3          Russell Westbrook (OKC) 899,024
4          Klay Thompson (GS) 555,430
5          Chris Paul (LAC) 379,076
6          Damian Lillard (POR) 208,171
7          Eric Gordon (HOU) 191,407
8          Andre Iguodala (GS) 130,224
9          Manu Ginobili (SA) 122,333
10        Zach LaVine (MIN) 94,867

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LeBron, Irving, Durant, Curry Lead In NBA's First All-Star Game Voting Returns

Jan 5, 2017 2:03 PM

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry lead in the NBA's first All-Star Game voting returns.

James leads all players with 595,663 votes, followed by Irving with 543,030, Durant with 541,209, Curry with 519,446 and James Harden with 519,446.

DeMar DeRozan and Russell Westbrook trail for the second guard spot in their respective conferences by approximately 25,000 votes and 18,000 votes.

Current Projected Starters

Eastern Conference
F: LeBron James
F: Giannis Antetokounmpo
F: Kevin Love
G: Kyrie Irving
G: Dwyane Wade

Western Conference
F: Kevin Durant
F: Zaza Pachulia
F: Kawhi Leonard
G: Stephen Curry
G: James Harden

Voting Returns

Eastern Conference


1          LeBron James (CLE) 595,288
2          Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 500,663
3          Kevin Love (CLE) 250,347
4          Joel Embiid (PHI) 221,984
5          Carmelo Anthony (NY) 189,817
6          Jimmy Butler (CHI) 189,066
7          Kristaps Porzingis (NY) 184,166
8          Paul George (IND) 138,332
9          Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 72,628
10        Jabari Parker (MIL) 64,141


1          Kyrie Irving (CLE) 543,030
2          Dwyane Wade (CHI) 278,052
3          DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 253,340
4          Isaiah Thomas (BOS) 193,297
5          Derrick Rose (NY) 129,924
6          Kyle Lowry (TOR) 128,940
7          John Wall (WAS) 87,360
8          Jeremy Lin (BKN) 59,562
9          Kemba Walker (CHA) 52,122
10        Avery Bradley (BOS) 32,822

Western Conference


1          Kevin Durant (GS) 541,209
2          Zaza Pachulia (GS) 439,675
3          Kawhi Leonard (SA) 341,240
4          Anthony Davis (NO) 318,144
5          Draymond Green (GS) 236,315
6          DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) 202,317
7          Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 125,278
8          LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 101,724
9          Blake Griffin (LAC) 100,524
10        Marc Gasol (MEM) 97,370


1          Stephen Curry (GS) 523,597
2          James Harden (HOU) 519,446
3          Russell Westbrook (OKC) 501,652
4          Klay Thompson (GS) 293,054
5          Chris Paul (LAC) 173,830
6          Damian Lillard (POR) 117,857
7          Eric Gordon (HOU) 76,609
8          Manu Ginobili (SA) 65,832
9          Andre Iguodala (GS) 64,247
10        Zach LaVine (MIN) 53,642

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Adidas Unveils Uniforms For Their Final NBA All-Star Game (Photo)

Jan 5, 2017 12:34 PM

Adidas has unveiled the uniforms for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game to be played in New Orleans.

This will be the final All-Star Game for Adidas as Nike takes over the NBA's contract next season.

The West players will be wearing charcoal-gray uniforms with red numbers trimmed in gold, while the East players will be wearing light gray jerseys with blue numbers trimmed in white.

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Celtics Lobby For Jaylen Brown In Dunk Contest

Dec 29, 2016 3:21 PM

The Boston Celtics would like Jaylen Brown to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest.

Gerald Green and Isaiah Thomas are lobbying for Brown. Green won the contest at the age of 21 as a member of the Celtics.

"It will be good to show the world his athleticism," Green said. "A guy like that, man, anything for him to get exposed is pretty good. And it’s his rookie year so I think your rookie year, you get to kinda go out there and have fun, experience it, and then later on in your years you can just focus on things you need to focus on to get better as a player.

"I told him if he enters it then I’ll give him some pointers, give him stuff that I think he could do. The dunk contest is different from when I was in it. It’s all about creativity and style and how you perform it or whatever. We’ll see how it goes if he wants to get in it or not."

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Kevin Love Believes He's Still An All-Star

Dec 28, 2016 11:57 AM

Kevin Love has yet to make an All-Star Game since joining the Cleveland Cavaliers as he's sacrificed some of his individual achievements to be part of a title team.

Love has made a strong case to be an All-Star this season.

"I think you come in every year hoping to play well, play your best and I believe in my heart every year -- and it's not like I forgot how to play -- I'm an All-Star caliber player. I don't necessarily need All-Star appearances to show that," Love told recently. "If we continue to win and we keep playing well I think there's a goal and it's within reach. But it's not something I'm going out every night saying I have to be an All-Star.

"I also think the fact that us winning a championship and winning changes a lot of people's perspective on things and you don't really know what that means until you go through that. I think that is different. You mentioned that being the end goal. You have individual goals but it has to fit within the landscape of what we're doing."

"He's the Kevin Love of old and this is everything we expected out of him," LeBron James said. "That's what we want out of him. But there's no added pressure for him. He's going out and just playing his game right now. He's at a point where he's just comfortable with everything and it's great to have him."

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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76ers Believe Joel Embiid Deserves All-Star Consideration

Dec 27, 2016 8:04 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers believe Joel Embiid deserves consideration for the 2017 All-Star Game.

"There is no doubt in my mind that he is a serious consideration for that," Brett Brown said. "I mean he hasn't done much wrong for him not to be legitimately considered for that game."

"He's putting up great numbers across the board," Nerlens Noel said. "He definitely should be in that conversation."

Blake Griffin in 2011 was the last rookie to be named to an All-Star Game.

Embiid has played more than expected so far this season.

"Coming in, I thought I was just going to come in and not play a lot, and just get my feet wet," he said.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Anthony Davis Hopes To Start In ASG

Dec 26, 2016 1:07 PM

Anthony Davis said he would like to start in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game as it will take place in New Orleans.

Davis lost approximately $25 million by not starting in last year's All-Star Game or being named to an All-NBA team as he missed out on qualifying for the Rose rule.

"If it happens, it happens. … I wish it happened last year," Davis said alluding to the lost money. "But the rest of that will take care of itself."

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