Five Nuggets listed on 2012 NBA All-Star Ballot

Afflalo, Gallinari, Lawson, Miller and Nene are candidates to play in Feb. 26 game

DENVER, Jan. 4, 2012 – Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari, center Nene and guards Arron Afflalo, Ty Lawson and Andre Miller were among the players listed on the 2012 NBA All-Star ballot that was unveiled today in Orlando, Fla.

Nene, who led the NBA in field-goal percentage in 2010-11, is averaging 13.8 points and a team-leading 7.2 rebounds through Denver’s first six games. He scored a season-high 25 points in 24 minutes against Utah on Dec. 28.

Gallinari, averaging 15.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in 2011-12, recorded his eighth career double-double Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged a career-high 15.6 points last season.

Afflalo averaged career-highs in nearly every statistical category in 2010-11 and finished tied for eighth in the NBA in three-point field-goal percentage (.423). He is averaging 10.5 points so far this season.

Lawson, who is tied for the NBA lead in steals per game (2.50), leads the Nuggets in scoring (18.2 ppg) and is averaging 5.5 assists. In 31 games as a starter last season, he averaged 14.6 points, 6.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds.

Miller, the only non-starter among Denver’s All-Star candidates, is averaging 11.5 points and a team-leading 6.7 assists off the bench. He has played in 984 of a possible 990 games in his 13-year NBA career.

The 61st NBA All-Star Game will be played Feb. 26 at the Amway Center in Orlando. It will air on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S. and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories.

All-Star voting began today and will run through Jan. 31. Starters will be announced Feb. 2 during a special one-hour pregame show on TNT at 5 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 Afflalo, Gallinari, Lawson, Miller and Nene directly on and or via SMS text messages sent from their mobile phones. To cast a vote by text, send the player’s last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA").

Through expanded SMS voting, fans can now vote for 10 different players per day, per phone number, by sending 10 separate SMS messages, each one with a different player's last name. Message and data rates may apply.

Fans can vote directly on or use their Facebook profile information to help create an 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.