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Three Nuggets listed on ballot for 2011 NBA All-Star Game

Anthony, Billups, Nene candidates for Feb. 20 game in Los Angeles


DENVER, Nov. 18, 2010 – Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, point guard Chauncey Billups and center Nene were among the players listed on the 2011 NBA All-Star ballot that was unveiled Thursday in Los Angeles.

Anthony, who leads the Nuggets in scoring (24.6 ppg) and rebounding (9.4 rpg), will be seeking his third straight All-Star appearance and fourth overall. After leading all Western Conference forwards in voting last season, he started for the West and scored a team-high 27 points at the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Dallas.

Billups has been selected as an All-Star reserve in each of the past five seasons, twice with the Nuggets and three times with the Detroit Pistons. He is averaging 14.4 points and 4.5 assists in 2010-11.

Nene, averaging 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds, is seeking his first All-Star appearance. He led all NBA centers in steals last season and was second only to four-time All-Star center Dwight Howard in assists.

The 60th NBA All-Star Game will be played Feb. 20 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will air on TNT and ESPN Radio.

All-Star voting began Thursday and will run through Jan. 23. Starters will be announced Jan. 27 during a special one-hour pregame show on TNT at 7 p.m. MST.

The NBA All-Star ballot lists 120 players – 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences – with 24 guards, 24 forwards, and 12 centers from each conference comprising the list. Voters select two guards, two forwards and one center from each conference.

Fans from around the world can vote for Anthony, Billups and Nene by casting ballots at NBA arenas, on NBA.com or through SMS text messages on their mobile phones. To cast a vote by text, send the player’s last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA"). One SMS vote is allowed per day, per phone number.

Fans can vote directly on NBA.com or use their Facebook profile information to help create an NBA.com All-Access account, which enables them to complete a ballot. After submitting their All-Star selections, fans will have the ability to share them with their friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter, and encourage others to cast their ballots.