5 things to watch for during NBA All-Star weekend

Published: Friday, Feb. 14 2014 9:13 a.m. MST

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LM Otero, Associated Press
Players, analysts and fans alike have all said the game of basketball is evolving. Many think that the few centers in the NBA are the last of a dying bread, and the All-Star game starting lineups indicate just that.

Like every year, the fans of the NBA vote for the players they think are the most deserving of All-Star game, and the players with the most votes are named as the starters for the game. Only this year, the fan votes came in and not one player at the center position had enough votes to be named a starter. Each team will start three forwards and two guards, but no centers.

The fans voted so the Western squad starters would be Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love. But since Bryant is injured and will not participate, it is likely that James Harden will start the game in his place. The Eastern squad will feature Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.

There were three centers named to the All-Star reserves: Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah and Roy Hibbert. While they will certainly get some of the playing time, the starters normally eat up the majority of the minutes.

The All-Star game will certainly be different without the usual dominating center, but with Durant and James matching up alongside the rest of the league's best players, there isn't a chance in the world that it will lack excitement.

For additional NBA news and updates, you can follow Mitch Kunzler on Twitter at @MitchKunzler.

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