NBA kicks off All-Star voting

NBA kicks off All-Star voting
NBA kicks off All-Star voting

The NBA and Sprint tipped off 2013 NBA All-Star Balloting Tuesday during a special event in Houston, the Official Host City of NBA All-Star 2013.

2013 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint gives fans around the world the opportunity to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston. For the first time ever, NBA fans can vote via social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter, and Sina Weibo and Tencent QQ in China.

Twitter voting will allow fans to tweet a vote for one player each day throughout the All-Star balloting period. The tweet must include a player's first and last name, along with hash tag #NBABALLOT. Facebook voting will allow fans to fill out one full ballot (three frontcourt and two guards from each conference) per day, through a custom application on Facebook.

Fans can also access the ballot and vote through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint applications, available on Android and iOS. NBA fans can fill out one full ballot (three frontcourt and two guards from each conference) per day, through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint application, the most comprehensive app in the marketplace for NBA fans.

There are several other ways fans can cast their votes as part of this season's all-digital program including: in 11 languages on, through SMS voting by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting on any wireless device. Fans can vote for 10 different players per day, per phone number, via SMS voting by sending 10 separate SMS messages, each one with a different player's last name. Message and data rates may apply.

After submitting their All-Star selections, fans will have the ability to share them with their friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter, and encourage others to cast their ballots.

Balloting will conclude on Jan. 14, and starters will be announced live on TNT on Jan. 17, during a special one-hour pregame show at 7 p.m. ET featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith. The special will air prior to TNT's exclusive doubleheader featuring the Los Angeles Clippers at the Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET) and the Miami Heat at the Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET).

The NBA All-Star ballot lists 120 players – 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences – with 36 frontcourt and 24 guards from each conference comprising the list. Voters select three frontcourt and two guards from each conference. Previously, the ballot featured three positions with fans picking two guards, two forwards and a center.  

The 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the NBA:
Steve Aschburner (, Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle), Doug Smith (Toronto Star/PBWA), and Kenny Smith (TNT).

The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be exclusively televised on TNT from Toyota Center on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. The All-Star Game, also broadcast live on ESPN Radio, will collectively reach fans in more than 220 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. NBA All-Star 2013 in Houston will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league's history for a global celebration of the game. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for an 11th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports' 29th year of All-Star coverage. State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night will feature the NBA All-Star Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and Sprite Slam Dunk. Other events at NBA All-Star 2013 will include the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and NBA All-Star Jam Session. The 2013 game will mark the third NBA All-Star celebration in Houston. The city also hosted the event in 1989 and in 2006.

The following is a complete listing of the players as they appear on the ballot:


Afflalo Arron, Orlando
Allen Ray, Miami
Calderon Jose, Toronto
DeRozan DeMar, Toronto
Ellis Monta, Milwaukee
Felton Raymond, New York
George Paul, Indiana
Henderson Gerald, Charlotte
Hill George, Indiana
Hinrich Kirk, Chicago
Holiday Jrue, Philadelphia
Irving Kyrie, Cleveland
Jennings Brandon, Milwaukee
Johnson Joe, Brooklyn
Knight Brandon, Detroit
Lowry Kyle, Toronto
Rondo Rajon, Boston
Stuckey Rodney, Detroit
Teague Jeff, Atlanta
Terry Jason, Boston
Wade Dwyane, Miami
Walker Kemba, Charlotte
Wall John, Washington
Williams Deron, Brooklyn

Anthony Carmelo, New York
Bargnani Andrea, Toronto
Battier Shane, Miami
Boozer Carlos, Chicago
Bosh Chris, Miami
Bynum Andrew, Philadelphia
Casspi Omri, Cleveland
Chandler Tyson, New York
Dalembert Samuel, Milwaukee
Davis Glen, Orlando
Deng Luol, Chicago
Garnett Kevin, Boston
Gibson Taj, Chicago
Granger Danny, Indiana
Green Jeff, Boston
Harrington Al, Orlando
Hawes Spencer, Philadelphia
Hibbert Roy, Indiana
Horford Al, Atlanta
Humphries Kris, Brooklyn
Ilyasova Ersan, Milwaukee
James LeBron, Miami
Lopez Brook, Brooklyn
Monroe Greg, Detroit
Mullens Byron, Charlotte
Nene, Washington
Noah Joakim, Chicago
Okafor Emeka, Washington
Pierce Paul, Boston
Prince Tayshaun, Detroit
Smith Josh, Atlanta
Stoudemire Amar'e, New York
Varejao Anderson, Cleveland
Wallace Gerald, Brooklyn
West David, Indiana
Young Thaddeus, Philadelphia


Allen Tony, Memphis
Billups Chauncey, LA Clippers
Bryant Kobe, LA Lakers
Collison Darren, Dallas
Conley Mike, Memphis
Curry Stephen, Golden State
Dragic Goran, Phoenix
Evans Tyreke, Sacramento
Ginobili Manu, San Antonio
Gordon Eric, New Orleans
Harden James, Houston
Lawson Ty, Denver
Lin Jeremy, Houston
Martin Kevin, Oklahoma City
Matthews, Wesley, Portland
Mayo O.J., Dallas
Miller Andre, Denver
Nash Steve, LA Lakers
Parker Tony, San Antonio
Paul Chris, LA Clippers
Rubio Ricky, Minnesota
Thompson Klay, Golden State
Thornton Marcus, Sacramento
Westbrook Russell, Oklahoma City

Aldridge LaMarcus, Portland
Anderson Ryan, New Orleans
Asik Omer, Houston
Batum Nicolas, Portland
Bogut Andrew, Golden State
Cousins DeMarcus, Sacramento
Davis Anthony, New Orleans
Duncan Tim, San Antonio
Durant Kevin, Oklahoma City
Faried Kenneth, Denver
Favors Derrick, Utah
Gallinari Danilo, Denver
Gasol Marc, Memphis
Gasol Pau, LA Lakers
Gay Rudy, Memphis
Gortat Marcin, Phoenix
Griffin Blake, LA Clippers
Hill Grant, LA Clippers
Howard Dwight, LA Lakers
Ibaka Serge, Oklahoma City
Iguodala Andre, Denver
Jefferson Al, Utah
Kaman Chris, Dallas
Kirilenko Andrei, Minnesota
Lee David, Golden State
Leonard Kawhi, San Antonio
Love Kevin, Minnesota
Marion Shawn, Dallas
Millsap Paul, Utah
Nowitzki Dirk, Dallas
Parsons Chandler, Houston
Pekovic Nikola, Minnesota
Perkins Kendrick, Oklahoma City
Randolph Zach, Memphis
Scola Luis, Phoenix
World Peace Metta, LA Lakers