2016 NBA All-Star Starters Announced
Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The starting lineups for the 2016 NBA All Star game in Toronto have been officially announced, with an array of superstars set to impress at the Air Canada Centre.

The leading vote getter was none other than future Hall of Famer, Kobe Bryant. In his 20th season, Bryant polled a total of 1,891,614 votes as the fans clearly had their way. Although retirement is imminent for Bryant after announcing in November that this would his last season in the NBA, the last two All-Star games have not featured the No. 24 from the Los Angeles Lakers due to injury.

The other standout in votes was Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, with a total of 1,604,325. Curry will be making his third straight start in the All-Star game.

If the fans wanted a fast moving, smaller lineup in the West then they got what they wanted.

The starting lineups for the Western Conference will look like this:

Position Player Team ASG Apperances Total Votes
Guard Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 3rd 1,604,325
Guard Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 5th 772,009
Forward Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers 18th 1,891,614
Forward Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder 7th 980,787
Forward  Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs 1st 782,339

Kawhi Leonard and Russell Westbrook make their debut as a starter for the All Star game. It's hard to believe this the first time Kawhi Leonard, an NBA Finals MVP, is making his first All-Star Game appearance.

The starting lineup for the Eastern Conference will look like this:

Position Players Team ASG Apperances Total Votes
Guard Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 12th 941,466
Guard Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors 2nd 646,441
Forward  LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 12th 1,089,206
Forward Paul George Indiana Pacers 3rd 711,595
Forward Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks 9th 567,348

Last year John Wall was the starting point guard for the East, however, the Washington Wizards win-loss record has voters favoring the host city guard Kyle Lowry. The starting point guard for the Raptors made a late surge and passed Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving at the last minute.

Every year there are snubs for the starting lineup, and this year is no different. There are three guys that initially come to mind when it comes to All-Star starter selections, and they are Draymond Green (Warriors), Jimmy Butler (Bulls) and Andre Drummond (Pistons). Coaches will fill out the reserves for each squad, and you have to figure you will see those three names securely on the team.

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