2008 All-Star Ballot Unveiled in New Orleans
Posted Nov 14 2007 5:56PM
NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 14, 2007 – The official 2008 NBA All-Star ballot will be unveiled on Wednesday, November 14 during a special tip-off event in New Orleans, the Official Host City of NBA All-Star 2008. NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile will officially begin on Thursday, November 15. The 2008 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, will be held at New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008.
The 2008 NBA All-Star Balloting program, which also includes partners 2K Sports and GameStop, allows fans around the world to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the All-Star Game in a variety of ways, including: at each NBA arena; in 20 languages on NBA.com; at more than 1,500 T-Mobile-owned retail locations with custom T-Mobile All-Star ballots and ballot boxes; and through mobile phones at t-zones on T-Mobile phones or wap.nba.com for any wireless carrier. For the first time, an All-Star Balloting widget will be available on NBA.com. Fans can "grab" the widget and place it on their blogs, social network pages, or personal websites allowing others to vote directly from the widget. Select NBA arenas will also carry a Spanish-language version of the ballot. Voting will continue through Jan. 13, for paper balloting and Jan. 20, for NBA.com balloting.
One hundred twenty players – 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences – are listed on the NBA All-Star ballot, 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. The 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media experts who regularly cover the NBA. This year’s panel included Ric Bucher (ESPN the Magazine), Rick Bonnell (Charlotte Observer), David DuPree (USA Today), Ernie Johnson (TNT), Jack McCallum (Sports Illustrated), Mike Monroe (San Antonio Express News) and Sam Smith (Chicago Tribune).
As the presenting partner of the 2008 NBA All-Star Balloting program, and in support of the NBA’s season-long effort to help the on-going rebuilding of New Orleans, T-Mobile will donate $1 for every ballot cast in T-Mobile-owned retail locations or on t-zones to the New Orleans Recovery School District. The week leading up to the 57th NBA All-Star Game will feature a full slate of community-enhancing activities and fan festivals, such as NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas and the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam on Friday, Feb. 14.
In conjunction with All-Star Balloting, 2K Sports will give fans the chance to experience New Orleans and the best of basketball by entering the Official Balloting NBA 2K8 All-Star Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to NBA All-Star 2008 and to have their likeness as a digitized player incorporated in next year’s game, NBA 2K9. As part of the grand prize, GameStop, the video game retailer, will offer a shopping spree. GameStop will also promote balloting throughout its 4,800 locations by utilizing in-store point-of-purchase materials.
In addition, T-Mobile will promote its “Vote for Your Faves” Sweepstakes by offering fans a chance to bring their ‘Fave Five’ friends to the 2008 NBA All-Star Game. Other prizes for this sweepstakes include Dwyane Wade All-Star prize packs that feature a signed Dwyane Wade jersey, NBA All-Star cap, and special-edition NBA All-Star basketball. Fans can enter the sweepstakes each time they cast a ballot in a T-Mobile retail location or on their T-Mobile phone via t-zones. To build on the excitement of All-Star Balloting, T-Mobile will also host marquee retail events with player appearances, games, and giveaways in major markets across the country. For more information, please visit www.t-mobile.com/nba/vote.
The following is a complete listing of the players as they appear on the ballot:
NBA ALL-STAR 2008 EASTERN CONFERENCE BALLOT
EAST GUARDS (24) Ray Allen, Boston Gilbert Arenas, Washington Chauncey Billups, Detroit Vince Carter, New Jersey Jamal Crawford, New York Raymond Felton, Charlotte T.J. Ford, Toronto Ben Gordon, Chicago Richard Hamilton, Detroit Kirk Hinrich, Chicago Larry Hughes, Cleveland Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia Joe Johnson, Atlanta Jason Kapono, Toronto Jason Kidd, New Jersey Stephon Marbury, New York Andre Miller, Philadelphia Jameer Nelson, Orlando Anthony Parker, Toronto Michael Redd, Milwaukee Jason Richardson, Charlotte Jamaal Tinsley, Indiana Dwyane Wade, Miami Maurice Williams, Milwaukee EAST FORWARDS (24) Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Chris Bosh, Toronto Caron Butler, Washington Luol Deng, Chicago Mike Dunleavy, Indiana Kevin Garnett, Boston Drew Gooden, Cleveland Danny Granger, Indiana Udonis Haslem, Miami LeBron James, Cleveland Antawn Jamison, Washington Richard Jefferson, New Jersey Kyle Korver, Philadelphia David Lee, New York Rashard Lewis, Orlando Antonio McDyess, Detroit Andres Nocioni, Chicago Paul Pierce, Boston Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Zach Randolph, New York Josh Smith, Atlanta Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Charlie Villanueva, Milwaukee Gerald Wallace, Charlotte EAST CENTERS (12) Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee Eddy Curry, New York Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia Dwight Howard, Orlando Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cleveland Nenad Krstic, New Jersey Emeka Okafor, Charlotte Jermaine O’Neal, Indiana Shaquille O’Neal, Miami Zaza Pachulia, Atlanta Ben Wallace, Chicago Rasheed Wallace, Detroit WEST GUARDS (24) Leandro Barbosa, Phoenix Raja Bell, Phoenix Mike Bibby, Sacramento Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers Baron Davis, Golden State Monta Ellis, Golden State Michael Finley, San Antonio Randy Foye, Minnesota Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Allen Iverson, Denver Jarrett Jack, Portland Stephen Jackson, Golden State Kevin Martin, Sacramento Tracy McGrady, Houston Cuttino Mobley, LA Clippers Steve Nash, Phoenix Tony Parker, San Antonio Chris Paul, New Orleans Luke Ridnour, Seattle Brandon Roy, Portland Jerry Stackhouse, Dallas Jason Terry, Dallas Antoine Walker, Minnesota Deron Williams, Utah WEST FORWARDS (24) Carmelo Anthony, Denver Ron Artest, Sacramento Shane Battier, Houston Carlos Boozer, Utah Bruce Bowen, San Antonio Nick Collison, Seattle Kevin Durant, Seattle Rudy Gay, Memphis Al Harrington, Golden State Grant Hill, Phoenix Josh Howard, Dallas Al Jefferson, Minnesota Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Corey Maggette, LA Clippers Shawn Marion, Phoenix Mike Miller, Memphis Nęne, Denver Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Lamar Odom, LA Lakers Luis Scola, Houston Peja Stojakovic, New Orleans Wally Szczerbiak, Seattle Luke Walton, L.A. Lakers David West, New Orleans WEST CENTERS (12) LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Andris Biedrins, Golden State Marcus Camby, Denver Tyson Chandler, New Orleans Erick Dampier, Dallas Tim Duncan, San Antonio Pau Gasol, Memphis Chris Kaman, LA Clippers Brad Miller, Sacramento Mehmet Okur, Utah Amaré Stoudemire, Phoenix Yao Ming, Houston