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NBA releases 2014 All-Star Game ballot

(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Sport)LeBron James (right) and Kobe Bryant were among the leading 2013 All-Star vote-getters. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Sport)

The NBA unveiled Friday the ballot for the 2014 All-Star Game in New Orleans.

Like last year, the ballot designates players as "backcourt" and "frontcourt" rather than as "guards," "forwards" and "centers." Fans can vote for two backcourt players and three frontcourt players for each conference, and the ballot includes 24 backcourt players and 36 frontcourt players for each conference. The results of the fan voting process will determine the starting lineups for the game; coaches from each conference vote to select the All-Star reserves.

All 30 teams have at least three players represented on the official ballot, which is listed below.

Voting is now open and will continue through Jan. 20. Fans can submit their choices through mobile apps, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, text message and on NBA.com.

Fans can use Instagram to vote by posting an original photo, using #NBABallot and the player’s first and last name in the photo caption. Fans can vote for 10 unique players per day.

For the second year in a row, NBA fans can vote via social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter, and Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblog in China. Twitter voting allows fans to tweet a vote for 10 unique players each day throughout the All-Star balloting period. The tweet must include the player’s first and last name, along with hash tag #NBABallot. Facebook voting allows fans to comment on official league, team, or international NBA All-Star Facebook pages by commenting below the post with #NBABallot and the player’s first and last name. Voters can select 10 unique players per day.

Fans voted for the following starting lineups last year.

Eastern Conference: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Heat forward LeBron James, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Celtics forward/center Kevin Garnett.

Western Conference: Clippers guard Chris Paul, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Lakers center Dwight Howard.

Bryant, who is currently sidelined with an Achilles injury, was last year's overall leading vote-getter with 1,591,437 and James led the East with 1,583,646 votes received. Durant (1,504,047) Anthony (1,460,950) and Wade (1,052,310) each topped one million votes.

The scope of last year's voting margins suggest there won't be too many changes this year. In fact, it would be qualify as a major surprise if these seven 2013 starters -- James, Wade, Anthony, Paul, Durant, Griffin and Howard -- aren't back again this year.

Bryant's injury is the biggest wild card, but his overwhelming popularity suggests he could easily earn the starting nod from the fans even if he doesn't play much (if at all) before the voting period closes. His top challengers include James Harden (Rockets), Russell Westbrook (Thunder) and Stephen Curry (Warriors), with Jeremy Lin looming as a threat given his global appeal. Remember, Lin finished less than 50,000 votes behind Paul for a starting spot last season.

The Eastern Conference's starting lineup has two spots under the microscope: Rondo's and Garnett's. The former will almost certainly go to Bulls guard Derrick Rose, even if he's off to a bit of a slow start following knee surgery, thanks to his overwhelming 2012 voting total.

The chase for Garnett's spot figures to be a total toss-up given his move to Brooklyn and his reduced role. Garnett, Chris Bosh (Heat), Tyson Chandler (Knicks), Joakim Noah (Bulls), Brook Lopez (Nets), Paul Pierce (Nets), Paul George (Pacers) and Roy Hibbert (Pacers) could all be in the mix, although Chandler is injured, Pierce has taken a step back in Brooklyn, and Indiana's small-market stars did not fare well at all in last year's voting numbers. This was the closest race last year and it should be the closest race again this season.

Based on voting results from the last two years, the early favorite here is probably Bosh, who lost out to Garnett by only 25,000 votes last year and was appointed as a starter in place of the injured Rondo. Playing alongside Wade and James does have its advantages.

The 2014 All-Star Game is set for Sunday, Feb. 16.

2014 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOT

EASTERN CONFERENCE BACKCOURT

Arron Afflalo, Orlando

Ray Allen, Miami

Bradley Beal, Washington

Mario Chalmers, Miami

DeMar DeRozan, Toronto

Raymond Felton, New York

Gerald Henderson, Charlotte

George Hill, Indiana

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland

Brandon Jennings, Detroit

Joe Johnson, Brooklyn

Kyle Lowry, Toronto

O.J. Mayo, Milwaukee

Victor Oladipo, Orlando

Rajon Rondo, Boston

Derrick Rose, Chicago

J.R. Smith, New York

Lance Stephenson, Indiana

Jeff Teague, Atlanta

Evan Turner, Philadelphia

Dwyane Wade, Miami

Kemba Walker, Charlotte

John Wall, Washington

Deron Williams, Brooklyn

EASTERN CONFERENCE FRONTCOURT

Carmelo Anthony, New York

Carlos Boozer, Chicago

Chris Bosh, Miami

Andrew Bynum, Cleveland

Tyson Chandler, New York

Luol Deng, Chicago

Andre Drummond, Detroit

Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn

Rudy Gay, Toronto

Paul George, Indiana

Marcin Gortat, Washington

Danny Granger, Indiana

Jeff Green, Boston

Tobias Harris, Orlando

Spencer Hawes, Philadelphia

Roy Hibbert, Indiana

Al Horford, Atlanta

Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee

LeBron James, Miami

Al Jefferson, Charlotte

Brook Lopez, Brooklyn

Paul Millsap, Atlanta

Greg Monroe, Detroit

Nene, Washington

Joakim Noah, Chicago

Paul Pierce, Brooklyn

Larry Sanders, Milwaukee

Josh Smith, Detroit

Amar'e Stoudemire, New York

Tristan Thompson, Cleveland

Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto

Anderson Varejao, Cleveland

Nikola Vucevic, Orlando

Gerald Wallace, Boston

David West, Indiana

Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia

WESTERN CONFERENCE BACKCOURT

Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix

Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers

Mike Conley, Memphis

Jamal Crawford, LA Clippers

Stephen Curry, Golden State

Goran Dragic, Phoenix

Monta Ellis, Dallas

Manu Ginobili, San Antonio

Eric Gordon, New Orleans

James Harden, Houston

Jrue Holiday, New Orleans

Ty Lawson, Denver

Damian Lillard, Portland

Jeremy Lin, Houston

Kevin Martin, Minnesota

Steve Nash, LA Lakers

Tony Parker, San Antonio

Chris Paul, LA Clippers

J.J. Redick, LA Clippers

Ricky Rubio, Minnesota

Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento

Klay Thompson, Golden State

Greivis Vasquez, Sacramento

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City

WESTERN CONFERENCE FRONTCOURT

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland

Ryan Anderson, New Orleans

Omer Asik, Houston

Harrison Barnes, Golden State

Nicolas Batum, Portland

Andrew Bogut, Golden State

Wilson Chandler, Denver

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento

Anthony Davis, New Orleans

Tim Duncan, San Antonio

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City

Tyreke Evans, New Orleans

Kenneth Faried, Denver

Derrick Favors, Utah

Danilo Gallinari, Denver

Marc Gasol, Memphis

Pau Gasol, LA Lakers

Blake Griffin, LA Clippers

Gordon Hayward, Utah

Dwight Howard, Houston

Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City

Andre Iguodala, Golden State

DeAndre Jordan, LA Clippers

Enes Kanter, Utah

David Lee, Golden State

Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio

Kevin Love, Minnesota

Shawn Marion, Dallas

JaVale McGee, Denver

Markieff Morris, Phoenix

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas

Chandler Parsons, Houston

Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota

Zach Randolph, Memphis

Tiago Splitter, San Antonio

Derrick Williams, Minnesota
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