Kobe Bryant is going to be a starter in his 17th and final All-Star appearance.
That’s not locked in stone, but it’s clearly what you the fans want — Bryant leads all vote-getters in the first returns for the 2016 All-Star Game in Toronto. Stephen Curry is second overall, while LeBron James is the leading vote-getter in the Eastern Conference.
Fans vote in the starters for the 65th All-Star game, set for Sunday, Feb. 14 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. A vote of coaches (or, to be honest, whomever they delegate the responsibility to) picks the reserves for each conference.
It’s an exhibition and if the fans want to see Kobe — even though on the court this season he has not been elite, scoring 17.4 points a game but on 34.4 percent shooting — then the fans should see Kobe. He has earned whatever accolades come his way after a remarkable 20-year NBA career.
It’s hard to argue with any of the starters — two guards, and three front court players — in either conference.
As it stands now, the starters in the East would be Dwyane Wade, Kyrie Irving, James, Paul George, Andre Drummond.
For the West, the current starters are Curry, Russell Westbrook, Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin.