Fans around the world chose the starting lineups for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. As expected, LeBron James led the Eastern Conference lineup while Kobe Bryant headed the Western Conference lineup. So basically, the race for the first five players was a popularity contest. Let’s now check how the popular votes fare with offensive statistics (ppg, rpg and apg).

 VotesStats RankPointsReboundsAssists
Kobe Bryant1,591,4373rd29.7 ppg4.9 rpg4.7 apg
LeBron James1,583,6461st26.3 ppg8.1 rpg7.0 apg
Kevin Durant1,504,0472nd29.3 ppg7.5 rpg4.2 apg
Carmelo Anthony1,460,9504th29.2 ppg6.1 rpg2.5 apg
Dwyane Wade1,052,31023rd20.1 ppg4.6 rpg4.4 apg
Chris Paul929,15516th17.0 ppg3.6 rpg9.7 apg
Rajon Rondo924,18019th13.5 ppg5.0 rpg11.0 apg
Dwight Howard922,07011th17.7 ppg12.7 rpg1.8 apg
Blake Griffin863,83220th17.8 ppg8.4 rpg3.3 apg
Kevin Garnett553,22266th14.6 ppg7.0 rpg2.1 apg

If you will analyze the table, the four most popular players are also the top 4 players in terms of statistics. But with the next six, you go ahead and draw your own conclusions.

The reserves, on the other hand, will be chosen by 30 NBA head coaches within their conference, which will include two guards, three frontcourt players and two players regardless of position.

The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 (8 p.m. ET)


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