Five Denver Nuggets listed on 2014 NBA All-Star ballot
Chandler, Faried, Gallinari, McGee listed in frontcourt, while Lawson is backcourt nominee
DENVER, Nov. 15, 2013 – Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, forwards Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried and Danilo Gallinari and center JaVale McGee were among the players listed on the 2014 NBA All-Star ballot unveiled today in New Orleans.
Lawson, who averaged career-highs in nearly every statistical category last season, is off to a strong start in 2013-14. He leads the Nuggets in scoring (21.3 ppg) and ranks among the NBA leaders at 7.3 assists per game.
Chandler finished the 2012-13 season strong, averaging 16 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting .510 from the field in his final 25 games. He scored 12 points on 4-of-7 3-point shooting in his season debut on Wednesday.
Faried, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 rebounds in seven games this season, tied for 16th in the NBA with 31 double-doubles in 2012-13. He was a member of the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team and received the 2012-13 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award presented by the Professional Basketball Writers Association.
Gallinari helped the Nuggets to a team-record 57 wins in 2012-13, averaging a career-high 16.2 points before being sidelined by a season-ending knee injury. Despite missing 11 games, he connected on a team-leading 135 3-pointers.
McGee averaged 9.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in 2012-13 and entered this season as Denver’s starting center. He averaged 7.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in five games before being sidelined with a stress fracture in his left tibia.
The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be exclusively televised on TNT from New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. The All-Star Game, also broadcast live on ESPN Radio, will collectively reach fans in 215 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.
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.
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.
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.
Balloting concludes on Monday, Jan. 20, and starters will be announced live on TNT on Thursday, Jan. 23, during a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.com at 5 p.m. MT, 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 (6 p.m. MT) and the Denver Nuggets at the Portland Trail Blazers (8:30 p.m. MT).