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Raptors Trio Named On 2011-12 All-Star Ballot

January 4, 2012

The 2012 NBA All-Star Ballot was unveiled today during a special tip-off event in Orlando, the Official Host City of NBA All-Star 2012. Named on the ballot are Toronto Raptors centre Andrea Bargnani, guard DeMar DeRozan and guard Jose Calderon. NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint began at 12:15 p.m. this afternoon. The 61st NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TSN in Canada and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at Amway Center on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Bargnani is making his third appearance on the All-Star ballot for Toronto. He is currently ranked seventh in NBA scoring with 22.6 points per game and leads the team with a .519 (42-for-81) field goal shooting percentage. Bargnani, the first overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft, started twice in the T-Mobile Rookie-Sophomore Game at All-Star Weekend in 2007 and 2008. Last season Bargnani posted a career-best 21.4 points in 66 games.

Calderon returns to the ballot for the third time in his career. Calderon recently became the first Raptor to record 3,000 career assists during a game January 1 at Orlando. He ranks third in the NBA with 9.8 assists per game and leads the team with two double-doubles.

DeRozan makes his second appearance on the All-Star ballot after posting a career-high 17.2 points per game last season. He became the fourth player in team history to start all 82 games and finished third in scoring among all sophomore players. DeRozan represented Toronto at All-Star Weekend last year in Los Angeles, participating in the Rookie-Sophomore game and the Sprite Slam Dunk. DeRozan currently ranks second in team scoring this season with 17.2 points per game.

2012 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint gives fans around the world the opportunity to vote daily for their favourite players as starters for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. There are several ways fans can cast their votes as part of this season’s all-digital program, including in 16 languages on NBA.com and through mobile phones by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting m.NBA.com on any wireless carrier. Fans can now 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. Fans can vote for All-Stars via SMS at any time by texting from their mobile phones. Message and data rates may apply. Previously, fans could cast one SMS vote for one player per day.

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.

Wireless and SMS balloting, as well as voting on NBA.com, will conclude on January 31. Starters will be announced live on TNT on February 2, during a special one-hour pregame show 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 Chicago Bulls at the New York Knicks at 8 p.m. (ET) and the Denver Nuggets at the Los Angeles Clippers at 10:30 p.m. (ET).

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

The 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the NBA: Bill Simmons (Grantland), Sekou Smith (NBA.com), Doug Smith (Toronto Star/PBWA), and Ian Thomsen (Sports Illustrated).

NBA All-Star 2012 in Orlando will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. TSN will televise the All-Star Game in Canada, while TNT will broadcast the game in the United States for a 10th consecutive year. TSN2 will broadcast NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm, which features the Haier Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and Sprite Slam Dunk. Other events at NBA All-Star 2012 will include the NBA Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and NBA All-Star Jam Session. Orlando also hosted NBA All-Star in 1992.