Cleveland’s LeBron James Emerges As Top

Vote-Getter Among NBA All-Star Starters


Washington's Arenas Edges New Jersey's Carter
In Closest Race in 17 Years
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NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2007 -- Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James led all players in votes received in the NBA All-Star Balloting program presented by T-Mobile that determines starters for the 2007 NBA All-Star Game. James, who earned Most Valuable Player honors in last year’s midseason classic in Houston, received 2,516,049 votes, the second-highest total in history behind Yao Ming’s 2005 total of 2,558,278. This year, Yao finished second receiving 2,451,718 votes, the fourth-highest total ever.

The closest voting race in this year’s balloting was among Eastern Conference guards. Miami’s Dwyane Wade secured one starting spot with 2,029,591 votes and Washington’s Gilbert Arenas (1,454,166) edged New Jersey’s Vince Carter (1,451,156) by 3,010 votes in the closest race in 17 years since A.C. Green/Karl Malone (1,226 votes) and John Stockton/Derek Harper (2,562 votes), both in 1990.

Miami center Shaquille O’Neal (1,622,446) was selected to his 14th straight All-Star team, tying Lakers legend Jerry West (14; 1961-1974) and Utah great Karl Malone (14; 1988-2002) for the most consecutive selections. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the record for most All-Star Game selections with 19.

Through the 2007 NBA All-Star Balloting program, which saw a 17 percent increase in votes cast over last year, fans worldwide were responsible for voting in the starters for the 56th NBA All-Star Game, which will be played in Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET. The game will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in more than 200 countries and territories. Head coaches in each conference will vote to determine the remaining All-Stars in their respective conference, which will be announced Thursday, Feb. 1, on TNT.

Joining Yao as part of the Western Conference starting lineup is his Rockets’ teammate Tracy McGrady (1,942,796), who will be appearing in his seventh All-Star Game. San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (1,436,584), who has been selected to every All-Star team since he entered the league in 1997, and Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett (1,616,575), who captured All-Star MVP honors in 2003, will be the starting forwards. L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (2,138,777), who was the youngest All-Star in NBA history in 1998, makes his ninth All-Star trip.

James will be joined in the Eastern Conference frontcourt by O’Neal and Toronto’s Chris Bosh (1,091,263), who will be making his first career All-Star start. Arenas also will make his first career All-Star start while Wade makes his second consecutive start and third straight appearance.

In selecting the reserves, the head coaches must vote for seven players, including two guards, two forwards, a center and two players regardless of position. Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their team. After the coaches select the reserves, if a player is unable to participate in the All-Star Game, NBA Commissioner David Stern will select a replacement.

Phoenix head coach Mike D’Antoni and the Suns coaching staff earned the honor to coach the West as a result of their 112-107 win over New York last night combined with San Antonio’s 90-85 loss to Houston. The Suns (34-8, .800) have clinched the best winning percentage through games of Feb. 4 among eligible Western Conference teams for the All-Star coaching honors. The Eastern Conference Coach is yet to be determined. Last year’s All-Star coaches – Dallas’ Avery Johnson and Detroit’s Flip Saunders – are not eligible this year.

Through the Balloting program, which ran from Nov. 13, 2006 through Jan. 21, fans had the opportunity to vote at all NBA arenas, in 20 languages on NBA.com, on AOL.com/nba, at 1,250 T-Mobile-owned retail locations and at t-zones using T-Mobile service or wap.nba.com for any wireless carrier. Fans also were able to vote at several locations in Las Vegas, the host city of NBA All-Star 2007, including the Las Vegas Convention Center, Fremont Street and the Thomas & Mack Center. For the first time, 13 NBA team arenas also carried a Spanish-language version of the ballot. T-Mobile is the presenting partner of 2007 NBA All-Star Balloting program. This year’s other All-Star Balloting partners include 2K Sports, AOL.com, XBOX, GameStop & EB Games.

NBA All-Star 2007 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 such as NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas.

The leaders of both the Eastern and Western Conference players for the final returns of the 2007 NBA All-Star voting program are attached:

Eastern ConferenceWestern Conference
F – LeBron James, ClevelandF – Kevin Garnett, Minnesota
F – Chris Bosh, TorontoF – Tim Duncan, San Antonio
C – Shaquille O’Neal, MiamiC – Yao Ming, Houston
G – Dwyane Wade, MiamiG – Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
G – Gilbert Arenas, WashingtonG – Tracy McGrady, Houston
Head coach: Eddie Jordan, WashingtonHead coach: Mike D’Antoni, Phoenix

2007 NBA ALL-STAR FINAL BALLOTING
EASTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards: LeBron James (Clev) 2,516,049; Chris Bosh (Tor) 1,091,263; Jermaine O’Neal (Ind) 934,749; Grant Hill (Orl) 677,423; Paul Pierce (Bos) 615,911; Rasheed Wallace (Det) 549,693; Andre Iguodala (Phi) 459,139; Tayshaun Prince (Det) 408,936; Caron Butler (Was) 404,489; Emeka Okafor (Char) 388,170.

Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 2,029,591; Gilbert Arenas (Wash) 1,454,166; Vince Carter (NJ) 1,451,156; Jason Kidd (NJ) 838,486; Chauncey Billups (Det) 499,670; Stephon Marbury (NY) 458,181; Michael Redd (Mil) 351,277; Ben Gordon (Chi) 316,428; Steve Francis (NY) 307,287; Richard Hamilton (Det) 306,547.

Centers: Shaquille O'Neal (Mia) 1,622,446; Dwight Howard (Orl) 1,464,613; Ben Wallace (Chi) 788,950; Alonzo Mourning (Mia) 338,904; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 256,579; Zaza Pachulia (Atl) 244,507; Nazr Mohammed (Det) 217,067; Eddy Curry (NY) 202,010; Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Clev) 196,000; Primoz Brezec (Char) 164,734.

2007 NBA ALL-STAR FINAL BALLOTING
WESTERN CONFERENCE

Forwards: Kevin Garnett (Minn) 1,616,575; Tim Duncan (SA) 1,436,584; Carmelo Anthony (Den) 1,309,945; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 1,276,304; Shane Battier (Hou) 1,025,643; Shawn Marion (Pho) 551,173; Lamar Odom (LAL) 438,824; Josh Howard (Dal) 412,102; Pau Gasol (Mem) 364,459; Carlos Boozer (Utah) 359,882.

Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 2,138,777; Tracy McGrady (Hou) 1,942,796; Allen Iverson (Den) 1,813,638*; Steve Nash (Pho) 1,504,826; Manu Ginobili (SA) 541,341; Tony Parker (SA) 501,429; Chris Paul (NOK) 462,206; Ray Allen (Sea) 444,443; Jason Terry (Dal) 421,924; Baron Davis (GS) 354,412.

Centers: Yao Ming (Hou) 2,451,718; Amaré Stoudemire (Pho) 1,209,333; Erick Dampier (Dal) 385,179; Marcus Camby (Den) 373,382; Mehmet Okur (Utah) 339,247; Francisco Elson (SA) 252,622; Tyson Chandler (NOK) 202,531; Brad Miller (Sac) 186,230; Mark Blount (Minn) 175,322; Chris Kaman (LAC) 160,234.

* The Philadelphia – Denver trade involving Allen Iverson was completed after the media panel’s deadline for selecting the ballot and therefore Iverson is listed on the ballot as a member of his prior team. For tabulation purposes, Iverson’s votes will be counted towards the Western Conference totals.

TOP 10 ALL-TIME SINGLE SEASON LEADING
NBA ALL-STAR VOTE-GETTERS
PlayerYearVotes
1.Yao Ming, Hou20052,558,278
2.LeBron James, Cle20072,516,049
3.Shaquille O’Neal, Mia20052,448,089
4.Yao Ming, Hou20072,451,718
5.Michael Jordan, Chi19972,451,136
6.Yao Ming, Hou20062,342,738
7.Kobe Bryant, LAL20062,271,631
8.LeBron James, Cle20062,207,697
9.Shaquille O’Neal, Mia20062,192,542
10.Kobe Bryant, LAL20072,138,777

2007 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING TOP 10
OVERALL LEADING VOTE-GETTERS
PlayerVotes
1.LeBron James, Cle2,516,049
2.Yao Ming, Hou2,451,718
3.Kobe Bryant, LAL2,138,777
4.Dwyane Wade, Mia2,029,591
5.Tracy McGrady, Hou1,942,796
6.Allen Iverson, Den1,813,638
7.Shaquille O’Neal, Mia1,622,446
8.Kevin Garnett, Minn1,616,575
9.Steve Nash, Pho1,504,826
10.Dwight Howard, Orl1,464,613

Top Five Closest All-Star Balloting Races For Starting Position
(Race between 2nd and 3rd position among Guards and Forwards; Race between 1st and 2nd position at Center)
1,226 Votes 1990 Western Conference Forwards
AC Green (L.A. Lakers)
Karl Malone (Utah)

160,788
159,562
1,817 Votes 1984 Western Conference Centers
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L.A. Lakers)
Ralph Sampson (Houston)

459,088
457,271
2,562 Votes 1990 Western Conference Guards
John Stockton (Utah)
Derek Harper (Dallas)

149,548
146,986
3,010 Votes 2007 Eastern Conference Guards
Gilbert Arenas (Washington)
Vince Carter (New Jersey)

1,454,166
1,451,156
3,013 Votes 1981 Western Conference Forwards
Walter Davis (Phoenix)
Alex English (Denver)

172,479
169,466