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Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant has been voted to the NBA All-Star game this year, and it’s a record 15 consecutive years. He once again leads the western conference in votes at 1,591,437, which is 87,000 more than Kevin Durant, the next player on the list.
Bryant’s teammate Dwight Howard will also play in the All-Star game. Joining them will be inner-city rivals Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. According to the Associated Press, this is the second straight year that Los Angeles teams have four people voted into the All-Star game.
Bryant has been playing this season beyond an All-Star caliber, leading the NBA in scoring. It’s amazing to see a player who’s been in the league so long doing the things that Bryant keeps doing. For example, leading his team on both offense by either scoring the most points or making the key moves on offense to close out games, or even taking the hardest defensive assignments, which means guarding guys 10 years younger and quicker than him.
The complete list of players starting in the All-Star game include LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Dwight Howard. NBA legends like Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal disagree with Howard’s All-Star selection. The L.A. Times reports that O’Neal said, "Dwight is a great player. From my standpoint he shouldn't have made it. Congratulations to him." Barkley added, "Dwight Howard has not had an All-Star season this year. I disagree with that selection."