2013 NBA All-Star Line up Announced January 18, 2013 09:55

The votes are in, and the teams have been announced for this years NBA All-Star Game, which will be held in Houston, Texas. 

As usual there are few surprises in the line-ups. The Eastern Conference All-Stars are very Heat and Celtics heavy, while the Western Conference All-Stars are all about LA - whether that be the Lakers or the Clippers (who have two starters each in the line-up).

For the third time, Kobe Bryant came out on top of all players in terms of votes, with 1,591,437, with LeBron James coming in second with 1,583,646 votes. This will be Kobe's 15th consecutive All-Star game, which ties him with Jerry West, Karl Malone and Shaq. 

So lets take a look at the starting fives:


LeBron James, Heat – This was always going to be the case, and deservedly so. He has just become the youngest player ever to score 20,000 career points, and this will be his 9th All-Star game.

Carmelo Anthony, Knicks – A lot of people have a lot of good things to say about Carmelo Anthony this season. He is perhaps one of the best scorers in the game. This will be his 6th All-Star appearance, and his second in the Eastern Conference.

Kevin Garnett, Celtics — Garnett is playing the lowest number of minutes that he's ever played, so this one looks like another pick based on fan favouritism, rather than performance. There's also the question as to whether him and Melo can get along on the same team after the recent trash talk outburst. 

Dwyane Wade, Heat — LeBron James must be happy to be joined by his partner in crime, and the 2010 All-Star MVP. Wade is playing his 9th All-Star game in the Eastern Conference. Last year he broke Kobe Bryants nose during the All-Star game in Orlando.

Rajon Rondo, Celtics – This guy leads the league in assists, and he's good at making that look effortless. He's young and at times volatile, but he's got the chance to mature into one of the best point guards ever to play the game.


Kevin Durant, Thunder — Durant was last years All-Star MVP, and deservedly so. He's the three-time defending scoring champion, and is hot on the heels of Carmelo and Bryant in this years race for that same title. 

Dwight Howard, Lakers – Dwight Howard isn't having the best season ever. Partly due to struggling to recover from injuries, but also because he signed up with the Lakers, and things haven't been going that well. Nevertheless, he's got to have on of the better personalities in the league, so we can look forward to a few laughs over the All-Star weekend.

Blake Griffin, Clippers – Griffin isn't putting in the same performances as last year, but you need a guy like this in the All-Star game. What the fans want from the game, is something flashy to look at, and Griffin can provide all of that.

Kobe Bryant, Lakers – The Lakers might be having a nightmare, but Kobe seems to be having one the best years of his career in a long time. But lets be honest, even if the Lakers were bottom of the League and Kobe was having the worst season of his career, the Kobe die-hards are still going to vote him in. 

Chris Paul, Clippers — This guy, combined with Griffin means that lob city is going to be coming to Houston. As well as making a good right hand man, Chris Paul is also ridiculously talented as a point guard, and will have some flashy moves of his own to show off on the night. 

That's your 2013 NBA All-Star starters - what do you think?

Has the lack of a Centre position in the voting ensured that other deserving players have been left out?