Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum Named Western Conference All-Star Starters

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Remember when you said, “If Bynum could just stay healthy he would be an All-Star”.

All be it a 66-game condensed schedule, that time has come.

The Lakers’ Andrew Bynum, gets the nod at starting center for the Western Conference All-Stars with 1,051,945 votes.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, a four-time All-Star MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011), is the leading vote-getter in the Western Conference with 1,555,479 votes. Bryant ties Jerry West, Karl Malone, and Shaquille O’Neal for the most consecutive All-Star nods in NBA history with 14.

Here is how the starting rosters shape up:

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Chris Paul – G
Kobe Bryant – G
Kevin Durant – F
Blake Griffin – F
Andrew Bynum – C

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Derrick Rose – G
Dwayne Wade – G
Carmelo Anthony – F
LeBron James – F
Dwight Howard – C

This marks the first time since 1997 (Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley, and Seattle’s Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton) that two pair of teammates have been voted to start for one conference. (Bryant & Bynum, Paul & Griffin)

In selecting the reserves, the 30 NBA head coaches must vote for seven players within their conference, including two guards, two forwards, a center and two players regardless of position. Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their team. After the coaches select the reserves, if a player is unable to participate in the All-Star Game, NBA Commissioner David Stern will select a replacement.

Reserves will be announced Feb. 9, on TNT.

Information gathered from NBA PR

David Brickley is a columnist for LakerNation.com and the host of Voice of the Nation, the most listened to Lakers podcast on the web. Find him on Twitter.