NEW YORK, January 26 -- For the third consecutive season, Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors received the most votes in NBA All-Star Balloting that determined the starters for the 2002 NBA All-Star Game in Philadelphia on February 10. Carter joins Michael Jordan (nine times) and Julius Erving (four times) as the only players to lead the league in voting on three or more occasions.

Carter received 1,470,176 votes out of the more than 3 million ballots cast. He is joined in the Eastern Conference starting lineup by Boston's Antoine Walker (547,172) at forward, Washington's Michael Jordan (985,448) and Philadelphia's Allen Iverson (920,502) at guard, and Philadelphia's Dikembe Mutombo (616,566) at center.


Not only will 2002 be Steve Francis' first All-Star appearance, but he'll be starting as well.
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In the Western Conference, center Shaquille O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers led the conference with 1,247,438 votes. He is joined in the West's starting lineup by Lakers' teammate Kobe Bryant (1,121,753) and Houston's Steve Francis (456,972) at guard, and Minnesota's Kevin Garnett (880,692) and San Antonio's Tim Duncan (762,289) at forward.

Jordan has been selected to his 13th All-Star Game, O'Neal has been chosen for his ninth and Mutombo in his eighth. Garnett will be in his fifth; Bryant and Duncan in their fourth; Carter and Iverson are All-Stars for the third time; and Walker will be making his second appearance and Francis will be making his first appearance.

The 29 NBA head coaches will vote for the remaining members of the All-Star teams in their respective conferences, and their selections will be announced on Tuesday. Coaches must vote for seven players in order of preference but are not allowed to vote for players on their team. The selections must include two guards, two forwards and a center. Two other players are chosen regardless of position. Also, if any player cannot participate in the All-Star Game, NBA Commissioner David Stern will select a replacement after the coaches select reserves.

Head coaches for the East and West All-Star teams are coaches whose teams have the best winning percentage in their respective conferences after games played as of Sunday, January 27. Thus, Byron Scott of the New Jersey Nets (29-13, .690) will coach the East, while the coaching position for the West squad is still to be decided between the Don Nelson of the Dallas Mavericks (31-12, .721), Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers (29-11, .725) and Flip Saunders of the Minnesota Timberwolves (30-12, .714).

NBA All-Star Balloting ran from November 15 through January 13 and in addition to being distributed in all 29 NBA arenas, NBA All-Star ballots had their greatest online reach ever with ballots available on NBA.com and America Online (AOL Keyword: NBA All-Star). Sprite.com, champssports.com, and reebok.com also provided links to the NBA.com All-Star Balloting page. Ballots were available at 573 Champs Sports stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Sprite encouraged fans to cast All-Star ballots by promoting balloting on 40 million two and three liter bottles. Fans outside of the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico voted for their favorite players online through NBA.com (http://www.nba.com).

The 2002 NBA All-Star Game will be broadcast in over 200 countries around the world and also on NBC, CTV in Canada, ESPN RADIO and audio in several languages on NBA.com (http://www.nba.com) on Sunday, February 10 at 5 p.m. EST.

Attached are the leaders among the Eastern and Western Conference players in the final returns of the NBA All-Star 2002 voting program:

2002 NBA ALL-STAR GAME STARTING LINEUPS

Eastern Conference
F- Vince Carter (Toronto)
F- Antoine Walker (Boston)
C- Dikembe Mutombo (Phil.)
G- Michael Jordan (Washington)
G- Allen Iverson (Phil.)
Western Conference:
F-Kevin Garnett (Minnesota)
F-Tim Duncan (San Antonio)
C-Shaquille O’Neal (L.A. Lakers)
G-Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers)
G-Steve Francis (Houston)

NBA ALL-STAR 2002 BALLOTING

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL RETURNS:
Forwards: Vince Carter (Tor) 1,470,176; Antoine Walker (Bos) 547,172; Grant Hill (Orl) 427,446; Shareef Abdur-Rahim (Atl) 335,955; Kenyon Martin (NJ) 211,299; Glenn Robinson (Mil) 211,262; Keith Van Horn (NJ) 170,920; Jamal Mashburn (Cha) 148,069; Antonio Davis (Tor) 137,770; Brian Grant (Mia) 128,578.

Guards: Michael Jordan (Was) 985,448; Allen Iverson (Phi) 920,502; Tracy McGrady (Orl) 453,276; Jason Kidd (NJ) 442,630; Ray Allen (Mil) 365,421; Paul Pierce (Bos) 254,840; Latrell Sprewell (NY) 140,601; Baron Davis (Cha) 127,291; Sam Cassell (Mil) 120,868; Jerry Stackhouse (Det) 114,412.

Centers: Dikembe Mutombo (Phi) 616,566; Jermaine O'Neal (Ind) 411,422; Alonzo Mourning (Mia) 279,423; Marcus Camby (NY) 235,060; Hakeem Olajuwon (Tor) 234,518; Patrick Ewing (Orl) 132,156; Ben Wallace (Det) 120,144; Elden Campbell (Cha) 91,122; Ervin Johnson (Mil) 82,194; Eddy Curry (Chi) 67,627.

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL RETURNS:
Forwards: Kevin Garnett (Min) 880,692; Tim Duncan (SA) 762,289; Chris Webber (Sac) 553,401; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 398,184; Peja Stojakovic (Sac) 323,664; Scottie Pippen (Por) 197,554; Karl Malone (Uta) 163,009; Elton Brand (LAC) 160,678; Rasheed Wallace (Por) 156,924; Shawn Marion (Pho) 138,656.

Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,121,753; Steve Francis (Hou) 456,972; Gary Payton (Sea) 367,120; Michael Finley (Dal) 299,747; Stephon Marbury (Pho) 297,112; Steve Nash (Dal) 278,664; Mike Bibby (Sac) 265,691; Anfernee Hardaway (Pho) 228,054; Doug Christie (Sac) 175,366; Jason Williams (Mem) 170,807.

Centers: Shaquille O’Neal (LAL) 1,247,438; David Robinson (SA) 319,415; Vlade Divac (Sac) 310,201; Shawn Bradley (Dal) 110,225; John Amaechi (Utah) 67,740; Lorenzen Wright (Mem) 65,263; Calvin Booth (Sea) 63,335; Raef LaFrentz (Den) 62,933; Kelvin Cato (Hou) 62,659; Dale Davis (Por) 60,755.

Top 10 Vote-Getters Overall
Vince Carter (Tor)
Shaquille O'Neal (LAL)
Kobe Bryant (LAL)
Michael Jordan (Was)
Allen Iverson (Phi)
Kevin Garnett (Min)
Tim Duncan (SA)
Dikembe Mutombo (Phi)
Chris Webber (Sac)
Antoine Walker (Bos)
1,470,176
1,247,438
1,121,753
985,448
920,502
880,692
762,289
616,566
553,401
547,172