The 2008 NBA All-Star Game Starters Have Been Announced.
The All-Star Game starters have been announced and there was one massive surprise out west � Allen Iverson nabbed one of the starting guard positions! Well, done AI.
Boston Celtics forward, Kevin Garnett led the voting with 2,399,148. KG, participating in his
Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson.
‘Melo and AI are two badass ballers for Denver. (Michael Martin/NBAE/Getty Images)
11th straight mid-season classic, will for the first time suit up for the Eastern Conference. Following Garnett in vote numbers is LeBron James, with first time starter Dwight Howard, Nets guard, Jason Kidd and Dwayne Wade rounding off the rest of the leading lights out east.
Wade�s participation in New Orleans follows a trend that has been evident in every All-Star Game: a player who balls for a horrendous team still gets a place as a starter. Miami are having a forgettable season, with the game a respite from the grind of constant humiliation: “It’ll be the first enjoyment in a while,” Wade said.
“Being an All-Star, it’s amazing to be there with the other great players around the league. It’s a special weekend. Everyone makes you feel so special. It’ll be great, and it totally takes your mind off your season.” (Mahoney, AP, 2008)
Congratulations must go out to Jason Kidd too who makes his first starting appearance out east since moving to that side of America in 2001. Finally, the fans had recognised the ill skillz the man possesses.
Moving onto the Western Conference, Kobe Bryant was the leading vote getter, with the ever present Yao Ming and Tim Duncan joining the Bean, and of course the aforementioned, Allen Iverson who got the numbers after a late surge in votes, overtaking Tracy McGrady along the way.
When the final update was released two weeks ago, Iverson was 80, 000 votes behind T-Mac, and ended up beating the Rockets guard by 10, 410 votes when it was all said and done.
AI will be joined in the starting line-up with fellow Denver Nugget, Carmelo Anthony, who also got the approval of the fans. This marks the first time two players from the Nuggets had been voted by the fans as starters since Alex English and Fat Lever accomplished the feat many moons ago.
Congrats to the All-Star starters. Here are the final numbers.
2008 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING TOP 10
OVERALL LEADING VOTE-GETTERS
Today’s video is of Allen Iverson’s 2001 All-Star Game MVP Performance.