LeBron James Voted Eastern Conference All-Star Starter for Fifth Consecutive Season

CLEVELAND, OH - January 22nd, 2009 - Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been voted as a starter to the 2009 Eastern Conference All-Star team by the fans, it was announced today by the NBA. James finished with 2,940,823 total votes.

“The All-Star Game is always so meaningful to me because of the fans,” James said.

James joins Brad Daugherty as the only players in Cavaliers history to represent the team in five All-Star Games and is the lone Cavalier to be named an all-star in five consecutive seasons (2005-2009). He joins Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Yao Ming as the only four players to have been selected as starters for each of the last five All-Star Games.

James’ 24.3 points per game average entering this year’s game is the highest average in NBA All-Star Game history for players with four or more appearances. Last year in New Orleans, James earned his second All Star MVP honor after posting 27 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in the East’s 134-128 victory. In the 2006 All-Star Game, he became the youngest MVP in game history after totaling 29 points, six rebounds and two assists in the East’s 122-120 win in Houston. In four career All-Star appearances, James has averages of 24.3 points on .539 shooting, 7.0 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.

In 40 games played this season, James has averaged 27.8 points on .496 shooting, 7.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. He is second in the NBA in scoring behind Dwyane Wade (28.8 ppg) and ranks fifth in steals per game and 11th in assists per game. James is currently shooting career bests from the field (.496) and free throw line (.777) and posting a career high in blocks per game (1.3). He is the only player in the NBA averaging at least 25.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

The 58th NBA All-Star Game will take place in Phoenix, AZ on Sunday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET.