Tom Smart, Deseret News
OAKLAND, Calif. — The 2012 NBA All-Star starters have been announced, and the Utah Jazz are not represented.
Not that that's a surprise to anybody.
Four Jazz players were on the All-Star ballot, but Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson, Devin Harris and Derrick Favors didn't end up among the votes leaders in their respective positions.
They'll have to wait until Feb. 9 when the All-Star reserves — voted on by NBA head coaches — are announced. Commissioner David Stern will select injury replacements after that as necessary.
Orlando center Dwight Howard ended up receiving the most votes (1,600,390), leading the way for the Eastern Conference stars. Laker superstar Kobe Bryant got the most votes out West (1,555,479), and he tied Karl Malone, Jerry West and Shaquille O'Neal in becoming an All-Star for the 14th consecutive season.
The Western stars have two first-time starters: Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Laker center Andrew Bynum. Clipper point guard Chris Paul and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant round out the West's first five.
The Eastern Conference starters: Howard, New York's Carmelo Anthony, Miami's Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant, and Chicago's Derrick Rose.
The All-Star Game will be played at the Amway Center in Orlando on Feb. 26.
The Jazz have submitted second-year forward Jeremy Evans' name to be a participant in the Slam Dunk Contest, but that lineup hasn't been named yet. Utah's rookies and sophomore players — Gordon Hayward, Favors, Enes Kanter and Alec Burks —?will be among those considered for the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.
Jefferson (18.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg) and Millsap (17.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg) are the Jazz's likeliest representatives as All-Star reserves.
The 30 NBA head coaches will vote for seven players in their conference, including two guards, two forwards, one center and two at-large players. Coaches can't vote for players on their own team.
The conference coaches will be determined by the teams with the best record in the West and East through Feb. 15.
With the L.A. foursome, the West team has two sets of teammates for the first time since 1997 when Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley and Seattle's Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton comprised 80 percent of the starting lineup.
2012 NBA ALL-STAR VOTING
Forwards: Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,345,566; Blake Griffin (LAC) 876,451; Pau Gasol (LAL) 470,353; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 468,435; Kevin Love (Min) 373,880; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 279,500; Tim Duncan (SA) 185,069; Lamar Odom (Dal) 142,830; Danilo Gallinari (Den) 110,245; Rudy Gay (Mem) 95,228.
Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,555,479; Chris Paul (LAC) 1,138,743; Ricky Rubio (Min) 397,456; Steve Nash (Pho) 276,268; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 262,186; Kyle Lowry (Hou) 185,584; Monta Ellis (GS) 156,603; Chauncey Billups (LAC) 120,961; Jason Kidd (Dal) 114,924; Manu Ginobili (SA) 111,273.
Centers: Andrew Bynum (LAL) 1,051,945; DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 322,056; Marc Gasol (Mem) 285,525; Nen?(Den) 207,102; Marcin Gortat (Pho) 136,168; Kendrick Perkins (OKC) 99,811.
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