HEAT's Allen, Bosh, Chalmers, James and Wade Selected to 2014 All-Star Ballot

by Couper Moorhead
HEAT.com

MIAMI, November 15 – The HEAT’s Ray Allen, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have been selected to appear on the 2014 NBA All-Star Ballot. The 2014 NBA All-Star Balloting, presented by Sprint, was unveiled today during a special tip-off event in New Orleans, LA. The 63rd NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 215 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at the New Orleans Arena on Sunday, February 16, 2014.

Allen, a 10-time NBA All-Star, is averaging 11.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 27.7 minutes while shooting 51.9 percent from the field. The NBA’s all-time three-point made leader dished out seven assists vs. Chicago on Opening Night, his most assists as a member of the HEAT. Allen is now just 119 points short from recording his 24,000th career NBA point.

Bosh, an eight-time NBA All-Star, has averaged 11.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in his seven All-Star appearances (sat out one due to injury). He is averaging 17.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.57 blocks, 1.3 assists and 30.8 minutes this season while shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. He shot at least 50 percent from the field in each of the first six games to start the season and recorded a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double at Philadelphia on October 30, his 55th double-double with the HEAT, placing him 11th on Miami’s all-time list. Among league leaders, Bosh ranks tied for 14th in three-point field goal percentage, tied for 15th in blocks per game and 18th in field goal percentage.

Chalmers has started all eight games for Miami this season, averaging 10.4 points, 5.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 2.25 steals and 27.8 minutes while shooting 44.6 percent from the field, a career-high 57.7 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent from the foul line. He recorded five steals vs. Chicago on October 29, the most steals by a HEAT player on Opening Night in franchise history. In his next game, Chalmers connected on his 500th career three-point field goal, becoming just the fourth player in HEAT history to hit the 500-made mark, joining Tim Hardaway, Eddie Jones and Glen Rice.

James, a two-time All-Star MVP (2006 & 2008), has averaged 25.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists in his nine All-Star appearances, including a triple-double during the 2011 All-Star Game in Los Angeles. He is averaging 25.5 points, 7.3 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 36.4 minutes this season while shooting 58.6 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. He leads the HEAT in points (204), assists (58), field goals made (75) and free throws made (40). He led the HEAT in points (25), rebounds (8) and assists (10) vs. Boston on November 9, marking the 124th time he has led his team in those categories, the most among active players in the NBA. James has currently scored in double-figures in 503 consecutive games, the sixth-longest streak in NBA history and only five shy from tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 508-game streak from October 18, 1969 thru January 7, 1976. Among league leaders, James ranks fifth in scoring average, eighth in field goal percentage, tied for eighth in assists per game and tied for 14th in three-point field goal percentage.

Wade, a 2010 NBA All-Star MVP, has averaged 18.1 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in his nine All-Star appearances, including a triple-double during the 2012 All-Star Game in Orlando. He is averaging 18.4 points, 5.1 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 2.00 steals and 34.3 minutes this season while shooting 50 percent from the field. He recorded four-straight 20-point games from November 1 thru November 7 and blocked two shots in his last game on November 12, giving him 673 career blocks. Since entering the league in 2003-04, no guard has more blocks over that span. Additionally, Wade is only the second guard 6’4” or shorter to reach the 600-block mark and now only two blocks shy from tying Dennis Johnson (675) for the most such blocks in NBA history. Among league leaders, Wade ranks tied for 13th in steals per game and tied for 28th in both scoring average and assists per game.

The 2014 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint gives fans around the world the opportunity to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game. 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 on NBA.com/asb, through SMS voting by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting NBA.com/asb 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 nba.com/asb from a desktop or mobile browser.

After submitting their All-Star selections, fans will have the ability to share those picks with their friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter, and encourage others to cast ballots.

Balloting concludes on Monday, January 20, and starters will be announced live on TNT on Thursday, January 23, during a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.com at 7 p.m. ET, featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith. The special will air prior to TNT’s exclusive doubleheader featuring the Los Angeles Lakers at the Miami HEAT (8 p.m. ET) and the Denver Nuggets at the Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 p.m. ET).

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