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NBA and Sprint tip off 2012 NBA All-Star balloting


Posted Jan 4 2012 12:23PM - Updated Jan 4 2012 1:59PM

Vote for your NBA 2012 All-Stars!

ORLANDO -- The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Sprint tipped off 2012 NBA All-Star Balloting today during a special event in Orlando, the Official Host City of NBA All-Star 2012. NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint will begin today at 12:15 PM ET. The 61st NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at the Amway Center on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.

2012 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 2012 NBA All-Star Game. There are several ways fans can cast their votes as part of this season's all-digital program, including in 16 languages on NBA.com and through mobile phones by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting m.NBA.com on any wireless carrier. Sprint customers can also access the ballot and vote through the new "Sprint NBA Mobile" application, the most comprehensive app in the marketplace for NBA fans.

2012 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint also includes expanded SMS voting. Fans can now 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. Fans can vote for All-Stars via SMS at any time by texting from their mobile phones. Message and data rates may apply. Previously, fans could cast one SMS vote for one player per day.

Fans can vote directly on NBA.com or use their Facebook profile information to help create an NBA.com All-Access account, which enables them to complete a ballot. 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.

Wireless and SMS balloting, as well as voting on NBA.com, will conclude on Jan. 31. Starters will be announced live on TNT on Feb. 2, 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 Chicago Bulls at the New York Knicks (8 p.m. ET) and the Denver Nuggets at the Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET).

The NBA All-Star ballot lists 120 players -- 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences -- with 24 guards, 24 forwards, and 12 centers from each conference comprising the list. Voters select two guards, two forwards and one center from each conference.

The 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the NBA: Bill Simmons (Grantland), Sekou Smith (NBA.com), Doug Smith (Toronto Star/PBWA), and Ian Thomsen (Sports Illustrated).

NBA All-Star 2012 in Orlando 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 a 10th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports' 28th year of All-Star coverage. NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm will feature the Haier Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and Sprite Slam Dunk. Other events at NBA All-Star 2012 will include the NBA Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and NBA All-Star Jam Session. Orlando also hosted NBA All-Star in 1992.

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

2012 NBA ALL-STAR EASTERN CONFERENCE BALLOT

EAST GUARDS (24)

Allen, Ray, Boston

Augustin, DJ, Charlotte

Calderon, Jose, Toronto

Collison, Darren, Indiana

DeRozan, DeMar, Toronto

George, Paul, Indiana

Hamilton, Richard, Chicago

Henderson, Gerald, Charlotte

Holiday, Jrue, Philadelphia

Irving, Kyrie, Cleveland

Jackson, Stephen, Milwaukee

Jennings, Brandon, Milwaukee

Johnson, Joe, Atlanta

Morrow, Anthony, New Jersey

Nelson, Jameer, Orlando

Richardson, Jason, Orlando

Rondo, Rajon, Boston

Rose, Derrick, Chicago

Stuckey, Rodney, Detroit

Teague, Jeff, Atlanta

Wade, Dwyane, Miami

Wall, John, Washington

Williams, Deron, New Jersey

Young, Nick, Washington

EAST FORWARDS (24)

Anthony, Carmelo, New York

Bargnani, Andrea, Toronto

Bass, Brandon, Boston

Blatche, Andray, Washington

Boozer, Carlos, Chicago

Bosh, Chris, Miami

Brand, Elton, Philadelphia

Deng, Luol, Chicago

Garnett, Kevin, Boston

Granger, Danny, Indiana

Hansbrough, Tyler, Indiana

Humphries, Kris, New Jersey

Iguodala, Andre, Philadelphia

James, LeBron, Miami

Jamison, Antawn, Cleveland

Jerebko, Jonas, Detroit

Maggette, Corey, Charlotte

Pierce, Paul, Boston

Prince, Tayshaun, Detroit

Smith, Josh, Atlanta

Stoudemire, Amar'e, New York

Turkoglu, Hedo, Orlando

West, David, Indiana

Young, Thaddeus, Philadelphia

EAST CENTERS (12)

Anthony, Joel, Miami

Bogut, Andrew, Milwaukee

Chandler, Tyson, New York

Diaw, Boris, Charlotte

Hawes, Spencer, Philadelphia

Hibbert, Roy, Indiana

Horford, Al, Atlanta

Howard, Dwight, Orlando

McGee, JaVale, Washington

Monroe, Greg, Detroit

Noah, Joakim, Chicago

Varejao, Anderson, Cleveland

2012 NBA ALL-STAR WESTERN CONFERENCE BALLOT

WEST GUARDS (24)

Afflalo, Arron, Denver

Billups, Chauncey, L.A. Clippers

Bryant, Kobe, LA Lakers

Conley, Mike, Memphis

Curry, Stephen, Golden State

Ellis, Monta, Golden State

Evans, Tyreke, Sacramento

Felton, Raymond, Portland

Ginobili, Manu, San Antonio

Gordon, Eric, New Orleans

Harris, Devin, Utah

Kidd, Jason, Dallas

Lawson , Ty, Denver

Lowry, Kyle, Houston

Martin, Kevin, Houston

Matthews, Wesley, Portland

Miller, Andre, Denver

Nash, Steve, Phoenix

Parker, Tony, San Antonio

Paul, Chris, L.A. Clippers

Rubio, Ricky, Minnesota

Terry, Jason, Dallas

Thornton, Marcus, Sacramento

Westbrook, Russell, Oklahoma City

WEST FORWARDS (24)

Aldridge, LaMarcus, Portland

Batum, Nicolas, Portland

Beasley, Michael, Minnesota

Duncan, Tim, San Antonio

Durant, Kevin, Oklahoma City

Favors, Derrick, Utah

Gallinari, Danilo, Denver

Gasol, Pau, LA Lakers

Gay, Rudy, Memphis

Griffin, Blake, LA Clippers

Harden, James, Oklahoma City

Hill, Grant, Phoenix

Ibaka, Serge, Oklahoma City

Landry, Carl, New Orleans

Lee, David, Golden State

Love, Kevin, Minnesota

Marion, Shawn, Dallas

Millsap, Paul, Utah

Nowitzki, Dirk, Dallas

Odom, Lamar, Dallas

Randolph, Zach, Memphis

Scola, Luis, Houston

Wallace, Gerald, Portland

World Peace, Metta, L.A. Lakers

WEST CENTERS (12)

Bynum, Andrew, LA Lakers

Camby, Marcus, Portland

Cousins , DeMarcus, Sacramento

Dalembert, Samuel, Houston

Gasol, Marc, Memphis

Gortat, Marcin, Phoenix

Jefferson, Al, Utah

Jordan, DeAndre, L.A. Clippers

Kaman, Chris, New Orleans

Nene, Denver

Okafor, Emeka, New Orleans

Perkins, Kendrick, Oklahoma City

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