Complete results | Top 10 vote-getters

NEW YORK, February 3 – Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets and Shaquille O’Neal of the Miami Heat both eclipsed the all-time single season record for votes received in the NBA All Star Balloting program that determines starters for the 2005 NBA All Star Game. Yao received the most votes (2,558,278) in NBA history while O’Neal collected the second-highest total with 2,488,089 votes as each earned the starting center spot in their respective conference.

ALL-STAR STARTERS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
F - Vince Carter, New Jersey
F - Grant Hill, Orlando
C - Shaquille O'Neal, Miami
G - Allen Iverson, Philadelphia
G - LeBron James, Cleveland
Coach: Stan Van Gundy, Miami

WESTERN CONFERENCE
F - Tim Duncan, San Antonio
F - Kevin Garnett, Minnesota
C - Yao Ming, Houston
G - Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
G - Tracy McGrady, Houston
Coach: TBD

For the third year in a row, Yao Ming and Co. will wear uniforms created just for the All-Star Game.
Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE/Getty Images

Through the 2005 All-Star Balloting program, NBA fans from around the globe were responsible for voting in the starters for the 54th NBA All-Star Game, which will be played in Denver on Sunday, February 20 at Pepsi Center. More than six million ballots were cast, a 14 percent increase from last year’s totals.

The game will be broadcast live on TNT, Rogers Sportsnet, ESPN Radio and audio in several languages on NBA.com (http://nba.com) at 8 p.m. (EST).

Yao is joined in the Western Conference starting lineup by Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett (2,087,200) and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (1,812,522) at forward and Rockets teammate Tracy McGrady (1,993,687) and Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (1,815,952) at guard.

O’Neal is joined in the Eastern Conference starting lineup by New Jersey’s Vince Carter (1,803,529) and Orlando’s Grant Hill (1,497,489) at forward and by Cleveland’s LeBron James (1,661,204) and Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson (1,590,400) at guard.

O’Neal has been selected to his twelfth NBA All-Star Game; Garnett to his eighth; Bryant, Duncan and Hill to their seventh; Carter and Iverson to their sixth; McGrady to his fifth; Yao his third; and James will be making his first appearance.

The 30 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, February 8. Coaches must vote for seven players in order of preference but are not allowed to vote for players from 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.

Stan Van Gundy of the Miami Heat will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars and at this time the coach for the Western Conference All-Stars has not been determined. Head coaches for the East and West All-Star teams are based on teams with the best winning percentage in each conference following the Sunday games (February 6) played two weeks prior to the All-Star Game with San Antonio’s (37-10, .787) Gregg Popovich and Phoenix’s Mike D’Antoni (37-11, .771) the leading candidates.

For the third consecutive year, NBA All-Stars will wear uniforms created just for the game. This year’s All-Stars will be outfitted in new uniforms from Reebok which were inspired by the Denver Nuggets uniform design. The West will wear white jerseys and the East will wear blue while the shorts will feature a star encapsulated NBA logo on each side, a conference logo on the waistband and a “05DN” wordmark on the center back which represents 2005 Denver.

Through the 2005 NBA All-Star Balloting program, which ran from November 18, 2004 through January 23, 2005, fans had the opportunity to vote in more ways than ever. The balloting program expanded to include 19 languages on the NBA.com Network, downloadable ballots via Verizon Wireless and approximately 150 Loews Cineplex Entertainment movie theaters in the United States. This year, Twentieth Century Fox joined Sprite, America Online, Reebok and approximately 2,100 Foot Locker and Champs Sports stores in the United States and Canada as All-Star balloting partners. Ballots were also distributed in all 29 NBA arenas and all six NBDL arenas.

NBA All-Star 2005 is a week-long celebration that enables fans to experience the thrill of the world’s greatest athletes playing the game they love and features a full slate of community enhancing activities and fan festivals.

2005 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING
EAST FORWARDS
Vince Carter (NJ) 1,803,529
Grant Hill (Orl) 1,497,489
J. O’Neal (Ind) 1,432,438
R. Wallace (Det) 949,598
Richard Jefferson (NJ) 442,236
A. Jamison (Was) 416,683
Emeka Okafor (Cha) 408,082
Tayshaun Prince (Det) 349,931
Drew Gooden (Cle) 241,164
Dwight Howard (Orl) 213,641
EAST GUARDS
LeBron James (Cle) 1,661,204
Allen Iverson (Phi) 1,590,400
Dwyane Wade (Mia) 1,195,888
Steve Francis (Orl) 996,107
Jason Kidd (NJ) 675,884
C. Billups (Det) 324,542
R. Hamilton (Det) 315,122
Stephon Marbury (NY) 301,073
Paul Pierce (Bos) 225,037
Gilbert Arenas (Was) 201,859
EAST CENTERS
S. O'Neal (Mia) 2,488,089
Ben Wallace (Det) 798,454
Z. Ilgauskas (Cle) 306,581
Alonzo Mourning (Tor) 223,743
Chris Bosh (Tor) 208,221
Eddy Curry (Chi) 111,378
Tony Battie (Orl) 100,040
Jeff Foster (Ind) 90,970
Primoz Brezec (Cha) 83,682
S. Dalembert (Phi) 60,412
WEST FORWARDS
Kevin Garnett (Min) 2,087,200
Tim Duncan (SA) 1,812,522
Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 846,912
C. Anthony (Den) 662,215
A. Stoudemire (Pho) 640,370
Peja Stojakovic (Sac) 374,588
Chris Webber (Sac) 360,511
Shawn Marion (Pho) 264,203
Pau Gasol (Mem) 250,844
Lamar Odom (LAL) 243,203
WEST GUARDS
Tracy McGrady (Hou) 1,993,687
Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,815,952
Steve Nash (Pho) 1,148,275
Ray Allen (Sea) 920,130
Manu Ginobili (SA) 568,361
Tony Parker (SA) 405,826
Mike Bibby (Sac) 386,308
Baron Davis (NO) 221,735
Michael Finley (Dal) 219,725
Sam Cassell (Min) 157,074
WEST CENTERS
Yao Ming (Hou) 2,558,278
Brad Miller (Sac) 429,413
Marcus Camby (Den) 313,214
Rasho Nesterovic (SA) 256,286
Erick Dampier (Dal) 245,534
Vlade Divac (LAL) 186,044
Jamaal Magloire (NO) 160,760
D. Mutombo (Hou) 158,087
Brian Grant (LAL) 109,391
Theo Ratliff (Por) 102,291
TOP 10 OVERALL VOTE-GETTERS
PLAYER (TEAM)
VOTES
Yao Ming (Houston)
2,558,278
2,488,089
Kevin Garnett (Minnesota)
2,087,200
Tracy McGrady (Houston)
1,993,687
Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers)
1,815,952
Tim Duncan (San Antonio)
1,812,522
Vince Carter (New Jersey)
1,803,529
LeBron James (Cleveland)
1,661,204
Allen Iverson (Philadelphia)
1,590,400
Grant Hill (Orlando)
1,497,489
TOP 10 ALL-TIME SINGLE-SEASON VOTE-GETTERS
PLAYER (TEAM)
YEAR
VOTES
Yao Ming (Houston)
2005
2,558,278
2005
2,488,089
Michael Jordan (Chicago)
1997
2,451,136
Vince Carter (Toronto)
2004
2,127,183
Kevin Garnett (Minnesota)
2005
2,087,200
Tracy McGrady (Houston)
2005
1,993,687
Ben Wallace (Detroit)
2004
1,982,251
Vince Carter (Toronto)
2000
1,911,973
2000
1,878,588
Charles Barkley (Houston)
1997
1,877,232