With perhaps one of the deepest and certainly the most guard-laden rosters of recent memory, the Eastern Conference hosts the Western Conference in the 64th annual NBA All-Star Game Sunday Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Seven point guards, and 11 guards overall, make up the combined 24 All-Stars, and all figure to fly up and down the court as the East looks to post back-to-back victories for the first time since 2006.
Guiding the Golden State Warriors to the best record in the West, guard Stephen Curry led all players with more than 1.5 million votes to start in his second straight All-Star game.
Fans made a late push for Curry last month as he topped Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James for the most votes this season. James, who earned his 11th straight All-Star nod, lost to Curry by more than 42,000 votes in the final tally.
If not for a torn rotator cuff, Los Angeles Lakers star shooting guard Kobe Bryant would start alongside Curry in the West backcourt in his 17th All-Star Game.
Warriors first-year head coach Steve Kerr, the West’s leader on the sidelines, will likely decide between Curry’s Golden State running mate Klay Thompson and Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden to start in Bryant’s place.
Barring any more injuries between now and the showdown, the West will also start Clippers forward Blake Griffin, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol in the frontcourt.
In the East, James is joined by Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, Washington Wizards guard John Wall, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, and Chicago Bulls big man Pau Gasol.
Second-year Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer will coach his first All-Star Game, and he’s joined by several first time All-Stars on the East squad, including Lowry, Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, and Hawks point guard Jeff Teague.
On the West, Thompson makes his first All-Star appearance, along with Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins, who was named Bryant’s injury replacement by league commissioner Adam Silver.
The game tips off at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised by TNT.
Tickets for the event are available on the secondary market at StubHub.com, costing between $757 and more than $11,000.
G John Wall, Washington Wizards
G Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
F LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
F Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
C-F Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls
G Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
G Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks
G Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
G-F Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
F Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks
C-F Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
C Chris Bosh, Miami Heat
G Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
G Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (Out due to injury)
F Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
C-F Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
C Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
G Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
G James Harden, Houston Rockets
G Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
F LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
F Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
F Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
C DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings (Bryant’s replacement)