Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks was named as a starter in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game for the Eastern Conference on Thursday. Anthony and LeBron James of the Miami Heat were the highest vote-getters among forwards in the conference. This will be Anthony fourth All-Star game appearance in eight seasons in the NBA.
Amare Stoudemire finished third among forwards, and has a chance to earn a bench spot for the East along with Knicks teammate Tyson Chandler. The rest of the East starters are entirely unchanged from last season, with Derrick Rose (Chicago) and Dwyane Wade (Miami) manning the two starting guard spots and Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic starting at center.
For the West squad, Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers) is the only new starter from last season. Kobe Bryant (Lakers) and Chris Paul (LA Clippers) will start at guard and Blake Griffin (Clippers) and Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) are the two starting forwards. Reserves will be officially announced on Feb. 9 on TNT. The All-Star game will tipoff on Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. ET.