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NBA All-Star Voting 2012: Celtics Hanging Around In First Returns

The first returns for the 2012 NBA All-Star voting are in, and Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen are all hanging. Rondo leads the team with 253,969 votes (third among East guards) and Allen is second with 174,934 votes.

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2012 NBA All Star Rosters: Boston's Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo Could Be Named Reserves On Thursday Night

The reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star game will be announced tonight at 7 p.m. on TNT. There were no Boston Celtics named to the roster as a starter for the Eastern Conference so any C's who make the All-Star game will have to go as a reserve.

Boston guard Rajon Rondo and forward Paul Pierce could potentially see their names called tonight. Rondo has averaged 13.6 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, 1.7 steals per game and 9.8 assists per game for the Celtics this season. Pierce has averaged 18.4 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game and 5.7 assists per game this season.

Here's the Eastern Conference starters:

Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
LeBron James, Miami Heat
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

Here's the Western Conference starters:

Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers
Andrew Bynum, L.A. Lakers

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2012 NBA All-Star Balloting: Four Boston Celtics In Mix, Unlikely To Start

Call them the Fab Four. Call them the Big Three plus one. Call them 5-8, if you wish. Whatever you call them, the Boston Celtics' four-man nucleus remains near the top of the 2012 All-Star Balloting after the second returns were announced on Thursday.

Rajon Rondo is third among Eastern Conference guards with 394,672 votes and teammate Ray Allen is right behind with 274,233. They both trail Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade by significant margins, meaning that Rondo and Allen will likely need to be voted in by coaches.


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Kevin Garnett (268,980 votes) is fourth among Eastern Conference forwards and Paul Pierce (145,077) is seventh. If voting ended today, Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony would start at forward for the Eastern Conference.

Dwight Howard continues to be the NBA's leading vote-getter with 1,161,797 votes, followed by Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and James.

Voting will continue until Jan. 31, and the 2012 All-Star Game will be played in Orlando on Sunday, Feb. 26.

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NBA All-Star Voting 2012: Celtics Hanging Around In First Returns

The first returns are in for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game voting, and the Boston Celtics's core of stars is hanging around. Rajon Rondo leads the team in votes and is third among guards (253,969 votes) while Ray Allen is fourth among guards (174,934 votes). Kevin Garnett is fourth out of all forward in the Eastern Conference with 173,161 votes while Paul Pierce is sixth among forwards with 94,071 votes.

Dwight Howard, center for the Orlando Magic, leads all NBA players with 754,737 votes. LeBron James of the Miami Heat is first among forwards in the Eastern Conference with 640,789 votes and his teammate, Dwyane Wade, is second among guards (637,912 votes). Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls is first among guards in the East with 640,476 votes.

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers led all players in the Western Conference with 690,613 votes and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder was second with 633,538 votes to lead all forwards in the West. Andrew Bynum of the Lakers led all West centers with 496,597 votes. Kendrick Perkins, formerly of the Celtics, was sixth among West centers (41,579 votes).

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NBA All-Star Ballot 2012: Complete List Of Players For East, West

The NBA officially opened voting on Wednesday for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, February 26 in Orlando, FL. There are a league-leading five members of the Boston Celtics on the ballot, with Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass all making the cut.

Here is the complete ballot for the All-Star game, as provided by NBA.com.

2012 NBA ALL-STAR EASTERN CONFERENCE BALLOT

EAST GUARDS (24)
Allen, Ray, Boston
Augustin, DJ, Charlotte
Calderon, Jose, Toronto
Collison, Darren, Indiana
DeRozan, DeMar, Toronto
George, Paul, Indiana
Hamilton, Richard, Chicago
Henderson, Gerald, Charlotte
Holiday, Jrue, Philadelphia
Irving, Kyrie, Cleveland
Jackson, Stephen, Milwaukee
Jennings, Brandon, Milwaukee
Johnson, Joe, Atlanta
Morrow, Anthony, New Jersey
Nelson, Jameer, Orlando
Richardson, Jason, Orlando
Rondo, Rajon, Boston
Rose, Derrick, Chicago
Stuckey, Rodney, Detroit
Teague, Jeff, Atlanta
Wade, Dwyane, Miami
Wall, John, Washington
Williams, Deron, New Jersey
Young, Nick, Washington

EAST FORWARDS (24)
Anthony, Carmelo, New York
Bargnani, Andrea, Toronto
Bass, Brandon, Boston
Blatche, Andray, Washington
Boozer, Carlos, Chicago
Bosh, Chris, Miami
Brand, Elton, Philadelphia
Deng, Luol, Chicago
Garnett, Kevin, Boston
Granger, Danny, Indiana
Hansbrough, Tyler, Indiana
Humphries, Kris, New Jersey
Iguodala, Andre, Philadelphia
James, LeBron, Miami
Jamison, Antawn, Cleveland
Jerebko, Jonas, Detroit
Maggette, Corey, Charlotte
Pierce, Paul, Boston
Prince, Tayshaun, Detroit
Smith, Josh, Atlanta
Stoudemire, Amar'e, New York
Turkoglu, Hedo, Orlando
West, David, Indiana
Young, Thaddeus, Philadelphia

EAST CENTERS (12)
Anthony, Joel, Miami
Bogut, Andrew, Milwaukee
Chandler, Tyson, New York
Diaw, Boris, Charlotte
Hawes, Spencer, Philadelphia
Hibbert, Roy, Indiana
Horford, Al, Atlanta
Howard, Dwight, Orlando
McGee, JaVale, Washington
Monroe, Greg, Detroit
Noah, Joakim, Chicago
Varejao, Anderson, Cleveland

2012 NBA ALL-STAR WESTERN CONFERENCE BALLOT

WEST GUARDS (24)
Afflalo, Arron, Denver
Billups, Chauncey, L.A. Clippers
Bryant, Kobe, LA Lakers
Conley, Mike, Memphis
Curry, Stephen, Golden State
Ellis, Monta, Golden State
Evans, Tyreke, Sacramento
Felton, Raymond, Portland
Ginobili, Manu, San Antonio
Gordon, Eric, New Orleans
Harris, Devin, Utah
Kidd, Jason, Dallas
Lawson , Ty, Denver
Lowry, Kyle, Houston
Martin, Kevin, Houston
Matthews, Wesley, Portland
Miller, Andre, Denver
Nash, Steve, Phoenix
Parker, Tony, San Antonio
Paul, Chris, L.A. Clippers
Rubio, Ricky, Minnesota
Terry, Jason, Dallas
Thornton, Marcus, Sacramento
Westbrook, Russell, Oklahoma City

WEST FORWARDS (24)
Aldridge, LaMarcus, Portland
Batum, Nicolas, Portland
Beasley, Michael, Minnesota
Duncan, Tim, San Antonio
Durant, Kevin, Oklahoma City
Favors, Derrick, Utah
Gallinari, Danilo, Denver
Gasol, Pau, LA Lakers
Gay, Rudy, Memphis
Griffin, Blake, LA Clippers
Harden, James, Oklahoma City
Hill, Grant, Phoenix
Ibaka, Serge, Oklahoma City
Landry, Carl, New Orleans
Lee, David, Golden State
Love, Kevin, Minnesota
Marion, Shawn, Dallas
Millsap, Paul, Utah
Nowitzki, Dirk, Dallas
Odom, Lamar, Dallas
Randolph, Zach, Memphis
Scola, Luis, Houston
Wallace, Gerald, Portland
World Peace, Metta, L.A. Lakers

WEST CENTERS (12)
Bynum, Andrew, LA Lakers
Camby, Marcus, Portland
Cousins , DeMarcus, Sacramento
Dalembert, Samuel, Houston
Gasol, Marc, Memphis
Gortat, Marcin, Phoenix
Jefferson, Al, Utah
Jordan, DeAndre, L.A. Clippers
Kaman, Chris, New Orleans
Nene, Denver
Okafor, Emeka, New Orleans
Perkins, Kendrick, Oklahoma City

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NBA All-Star Voting 2012: Paul Pierce, Four Other Celtics On Ballot

The NBA All-Star ballots have been released, and as usual, there is a healthy serving of Boston Celtics players on the ballott. Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and reserve Brandon Bass have all made the cut.

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