Aldridge, Batum, And Lillard Represent Portland On 2014 NBA All-Star Ballot

Trail Blazers’ fans can vote now through Jan. 20
by Casey Holdahl
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PORTLAND, Ore. (Nov. 15, 2013) – The Portland Trail Blazers feature three players on the 2014 NBA All-Star ballot, it was announced today by the NBA. Guard Damian Lillard and forwards LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum are Portland’s nominees for a starting spot on the Western Conference All-Star team.

Through eight games, Lillard has averaged 19.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists while ranking fourth in the league in total made 3-pointers (25). Aldridge, a two-time NBA All-Star, owns team-high season averages of 21.3 points, 8.8 rebounds. Batum has posted season averages of 12.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists along with recording his third career triple-double on Nov. 2 in the team’s home opener.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Sprint tipped off NBA All-Star Balloting 2014 today during a special event in New Orleans, the official host city of NBA All-Star 2014. NBA All-Star Balloting 2014 presented by Sprint began today at 3:30 p.m. ET.

NBA All-Star Balloting 2014 presented by Sprint gives fans around the world the opportunity to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for NBA All-Star Game 2014. This year, the NBA is expanding social media voting to include Instagram. Fans can use Instagram to vote by posting an original photo, using #NBABallot and the player’s first and last name in the photo caption. Fans can vote for 10 unique players per day.

For the second year in a row, NBA fans can vote via social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter, and Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblog in China. Twitter voting allows fans to tweet a vote for 10 unique players each day throughout the All-Star balloting period. The tweet must include the player’s first and last name, along with hash tag #NBABallot. Facebook voting allows fans to comment on official league, team, or international NBA All-Star Facebook pages by commenting below the post with #NBABallot and the player’s first and last name. Voters can select 10 unique players per day.

NBA 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. Fans can fill out one full ballot 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, 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. Voters can fill out one full ballot per day on from a desktop or mobile browser.

The NBA All-Star ballot features 120 players – 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences – with 36 frontcourt players and 24 backcourt players from each conference comprising the list. Voters select three frontcourt players and two backcourt players from each conference.