Rosters Taking Shape for the New Format of NBA All Star Weekend

James HardenThe 2013 NBA All Star Game is slated for Feb. 17 in Houston. The starting lineups for the both the Eastern and Western Conferences have been revealed and are led by the usual suspects of NBA superstars, but things should get interesting Thursday night when the 14 reserves, which are decided by a vote of the league’s 30 head coaches, are revealed on TNT.

The 62nd NBA All-Star Game tips off at 5 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, Feb. 21, but of course it will again be preceded by All-Star Saturday Night. This year there will be a new format for the Saturday night NBA showcase. For the first time, the four skills competitions—highlighted by the Slam Dunk contest per tradition—will pit the Eastern Conference vs. the Western Conference with each side having a team captain.

The Saturday night competitions include the Shooting Stars, a contest featuring NBA players, WNBA players and NBA legends; the Skills Challenge, which pits the league’s top guards in a race against the clock to complete a series of passes, free throws, layups and agility drills; the usually-interesting Three-Point Contest and, of course, the Slam Dunk competition.

Here are the starting lineups for the Western and Eastern Conferences as voted on by the fans:
East
Rajon Rondo
Dwayne Wade
Lebron James
Carmelo Anthony
Kevin Garnett

West
Chris Paul
Kobe Bryant
Kevin Durant
Blake Griffin
Dwight Howard

As for the reserves, each head coach will make seven selections for each conference. The picks must include three frontcourt players, two backcourt players and two additional players regardless of position.

This figures to be a difficult task for the coaches there are plenty of viable candidates having All-Star caliber seasons. For those looking to use the All-Star game in your NBA picks for that week, note the Western Conference has won the last two All Star games and three of the last four.

(Via SBRForum.com)

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