The 2011 NBA All Star Game starters will be announced on Thursday night. The 2011 NBA All Star starters are based on votes from fans, many of whom have been submitting ballots since the voting period opened. Now the revelation of the 10 starters is going to become official as TNT hosts a special presentation in front of two really good looking NBA games.
The announcement of the 2011 NBA All Star Game starters will take place during the Thursday, Jan. 27, episode of “NBA Tip-Off” on TNT. Host Ernie Johnson will take center stage with NBA analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith as the TNT crew lets us in on who will be featured in the Feb. 20 All Star Game. It’s an exciting moment every season, even if some of the starters are pretty easy to predict at this point.
Once we know who the starters are, the league will then decide who is going to come off the bench in the reserve roles. It is assumed that Yao Ming is going to be the starting center in the Western Conference again, as the voters have still favored him over the other options at center. Whether he deserves the spot or not is another story, but due to his injury right now, he isn’t going to be able to participate in the All Star Game this year.
With Yao bowing out of the game, it will be up to the NBA commissioner (David Stern) to appoint the player who will replace Yao on the roster. That could leave it up to Stern to place anyone he wants on the team, and it could be an area of contention if he doesn’t put a fan-favorite on the roster. It’s a tough position to be in, but he has made some pretty smart decisions when it comes to the league in the past. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a center either, because several forwards (like Pau Gasol and Tim Duncan) could easily slide over during the game.
The other players who are expected to get the nod in the Western Conference are guards Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets. The forwards are likely to be Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets.
In the Eastern Conference, the center is likely to be Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, while the forwards should be LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks. In the guard positions, the last we saw, it was going to be Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade.
Voting could have altered the leaders of the votes, which could have bumped Rajon Rondo or Kevin Garnett (or both) into one of the top slots in the East, but beyond that there shouldn’t be any more surprises. As soon as we learn who the starters are, though, the debate will begin about who deserves to be on the roster as one of the seven reserves on each roster.