Four Raptors Named On The 2013 NBA All-Star Ballot

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The 2013 NBA All-Star Ballot was unveiled today during a special tip-off event in Houston, the Official Host City of NBA All-Star 2013. Named on the ballot are Toronto Raptors forward-centre Andrea Bargnani and guards Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint began at 3:30 p.m. ET. The 62nd NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TSN in Canada and reach fans in more than 220 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at Toyota Center on Sunday, February 17, 2013.

Bargnani is making his fourth appearance on the All-Star ballot after posting a team-high 19.5 points per game last season. Bargnani, the first overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft, started twice in the T-Mobile Rookie-Sophomore Game at NBA All-Star in 2007 and 2008. Bargnani posted a career-high 21.4 points per game in 2009-10, ranking 15th in NBA scoring.

Calderon returns to the ballot for the fourth time in his career. He presently leads the team in assists (6.4), three-point shooting (.457) and double-doubles with two. Calderon is the franchise leader in assists (3,482) and is among the top-five in points (4,812), steals (450) and games played (487).
DeRozan makes his third appearance on the All-Star ballot for Toronto. He is currently tied for 10th in NBA scoring with 20.7 points after tying his career-high with 37 points last night versus the Utah Jazz. DeRozan has represented Toronto twice in the Sprite Slam Dunk at NBA All-Star in 2010 and 2011. He also scored 14 points as a starter for the Sophomore Team in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam in 2011.

Lowry is on the ballot for the second time in his career. He recently joined Michael Jordan and Kevin Garnett as the only players to start a season with three consecutive games of 20+ points, 5+ rebounds, 5+ assists and 3+ steals. Lowry is ranked second on the team in scoring (18.3), rebounds (5.8) and assists (6.3). He is currently second in the NBA in steals (3.0).

2013 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint gives fans around the world the opportunity to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston. For the first time ever, NBA fans can vote via social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter, and Sina Weibo and Tencent QQ in China.

Twitter voting will allow fans to tweet a vote for one player each day throughout the All-Star balloting period. The tweet must include a player’s first and last name, along with hash tag #NBABALLOT. Facebook voting will allow fans to fill out one full ballot (three frontcourt and two guards from each conference) per day, through a custom application on Facebook.

Fans can also access the ballot and vote through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint applications, available on Android and iOS. NBA fans can fill out one full ballot (three frontcourt and two guards from each conference) per day, through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint application, the most comprehensive app in the marketplace for NBA fans.

There are several other ways fans can cast their votes as part of this season’s all-digital program including: in 11 languages on NBA.com/ASB, through SMS voting by texting the player’s last name to 6-9-6-2-2 (“MYNBA”) or by visiting NBA.com/ASB on any wireless device. Fans can vote for 10 different players per day, per phone number, via SMS voting by sending 10 separate SMS messages, each one with a different player’s last name. Message and data rates may apply. Some restrictions apply to SMS voting in Canada, check with your local wireless carrier for further details.

After submitting their All-Star selections, fans will have the ability to share them with their friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter, and encourage others to cast their ballots.

Balloting will conclude on January 14, and starters will be announced live on TNT on January 17, during a special one-hour pregame show at 7 p.m. ET featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith. The special will air prior to TNT’s exclusive doubleheader featuring the Los Angeles Clippers at the Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET) and the Miami Heat at the Los Angeles Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET).

The NBA All-Star ballot lists 120 players – 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences – with 36 frontcourt and 24 guards from each conference comprising the list. Voters select three frontcourt and two guards from each conference. Previously, the ballot featured three positions with fans picking two guards, two forwards and a centre.

The 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the NBA:
Steve Aschburner (NBA.com), Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle), Doug Smith (Toronto Star/PBWA), and Kenny Smith (TNT).

NBA All-Star 2013 in Houston will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. TSN will televise the All-Star Game in Canada, while TNT will broadcast the All-Star Game in the United States for an 11th consecutive year. TSN2 will broadcast State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night, which features the NBA All-Star Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and Sprite Slam Dunk. Other events at NBA All-Star 2013 will include the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and NBA All-Star Jam Session. The 2013 game will mark the third NBA All-Star celebration in Houston. The city also hosted the event in 1989 and in 2006.

2013 NBA ALL-STAR EASTERN CONFERENCE BALLOT 2013 NBA ALL-STAR WESTERN CONFERENCE BALLOT
EAST GUARDS (24) EAST FRONTCOURT (36) WEST GUARDS (24) WEST FRONTCOURT (36)
Afflalo Arron,
Orlando
Anthony Carmelo,
New York
Allen Tony,
Memphis
Aldridge LaMarcus,
Portland
Allen Ray,
Miami
Bargnani Andrea,
Toronto
Billups Chauncey,
LA Clippers
Anderson Ryan,
New Orleans
Calderon Jose,
Toronto
Battier Shane,
Miami
Bryant Kobe,
LA Lakers
Asik Omer,
Houston
DeRozan DeMar,
Toronto
Boozer Carlos,
Chicago
Collison Darren,
Dallas
Batum Nicolas,
Portland
Ellis Monta,
Milwaukee
Bosh Chris,
Miami
Conley Mike,
Memphis
Bogut Andrew,
Golden State
Felton Raymond,
New York
Bynum Andrew,
Philadelphia
Curry Stephen,
Golden State
Cousins DeMarcus,
Sacramento
George Paul,
Indiana
Casspi Omri,
Cleveland
Dragic Goran,
Phoenix
Davis Anthony,
New Orleans
Henderson Gerald,
Charlotte
Chandler Tyson,
New York
Evans Tyreke,
Sacramento
Duncan Tim,
San Antonio
Hill George,
Indiana
Dalembert Samuel,
Milwaukee
Ginobili Manu,
San Antonio
Durant Kevin,
Oklahoma City
Hinrich Kirk,
Chicago
Davis Glen,
Orlando
Gordon Eric,
New Orleans
Faried Kenneth,
Denver
Holiday Jrue,
Philadelphia
Deng Luol,
Chicago
Harden James,
Houston
Favors Derrick,
Utah
Irving Kyrie,
Cleveland
Garnett Kevin,
Boston
Lawson Ty,
Denver
Gallinari Danilo,
Denver
Jennings Brandon,
Milwaukee
Gibson Taj,
Chicago
Lin Jeremy,
Houston
Gasol Marc,
Memphis
Johnson Joe,
Brooklyn
Granger Danny,
Indiana
Martin Kevin,
Oklahoma City
Gasol Pau,
LA Lakers
Knight Brandon,
Detroit
Green Jeff,
Boston
Matthews Wesley,
Portland
Gay Rudy,
Memphis
Lowry Kyle,
Toronto
Harrington Al,
Orlando
Mayo O.J.,
Dallas
Gortat Marcin,
Phoenix
Rondo Rajon,
Boston
Hawes Spencer,
Philadelphia
Miller Andre,
Denver
Griffin Blake,
LA Clippers
Stuckey Rodney,
Detroit
Hibbert Roy,
Indiana
Nash Steve,
LA Lakers
Hill Grant,
LA Clippers
Teague Jeff,
Atlanta
Horford Al,
Atlanta
Parker Tony,
San Antonio
Howard Dwight,
LA Lakers
Terry Jason,
Boston
Humphries Kris,
Brooklyn
Paul Chris,
LA Clippers
Ibaka Serge,
Oklahoma City
Wade Dwyane,
Miami
Ilyasova Ersan,
Milwaukee
Rubio Ricky,
Minnesota
Iguodala Andre,
Denver
Walker Kemba,
Charlotte
James LeBron,
Miami
Thompson Klay,
Golden State
Jefferson Al,
Utah
Wall John,
Washington
Lopez Brook,
Brooklyn
Thornton Marcus,
Sacramento
Kaman Chris,
Dallas
Williams Deron,
Brooklyn
Monroe Greg,
Detroit
Westbrook Russell,
OKC
Kirilenko Andrei,
Minnesota
Mullens Byron,
Charlotte
Lee David,
Golden State
Nene,
Washington
Leonard Kawhi,
San Antonio
Noah Joakim,
Chicago
Love Kevin,
Minnesota
Okafor Emeka,
Washington
Marion Shawn,
Dallas
Pierce Paul,
Boston
Millsap Paul,
Utah
Prince Tayshaun,
Detroit
Nowitzki Dirk,
Dallas
Smith Josh,
Atlanta
Parsons Chandler,
Houston
Stoudemire Amar’e,
New York
Pekovic Nikola,
Minnesota
Varejao Anderson,
Cleveland
Perkins Kendrick,
Oklahoma City
Wallace Gerald,
Brooklyn
Randolph Zach,
Memphis
West David,
Indiana
Scola Luis,
Phoenix
Young Thaddeus,
Philadelphia
World Peace Metta,
LA Lakers

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