Pelicans' Anthony Davis to start in NBA All-Star Game

Posted January 22, 2017

They are joined by James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans.

The East starters consist of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and guard Kyrie Irving, Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan and Milwaukee Bucks center Giannis Antetokounmpo.

At the age of 22 and 74 days, Antetokounmpo is the youngest non-American All-Star Game starter, after China's Yoa Ming, who played in 2003 at the age of 22 years and four months.

Davis, who finished with 974,802 fan votes (fourth in the west frontcourt), also finished with 105 player votes (third in west frontcourt), and 78 media votes (third in west frontcourt).

The NBA has used fan voting to select the All-Star Game starters since the 1974-75 season.

Davis was voted among the five Western Conference All Star starters for the second time in his five-year career.

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The NBA's mid-season spectacle will be a big night for the little guys, with most of the starters coming from outside the league's biggest markets.

That's what the fans, selected media and league players have determined in the all-star voting. "To get to be an ambassador for the city".

The selection of Curry ahead of Russell Westbrook is a contentious one considering the latter is enjoying a record-breaking season at the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The 66th NBA All-Star game is in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center on Sunday, February 19th. And he wants to win the game's Most Valuable Player award.

This will be Davis' second starting nod. Former Wildcats John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, who teamed up to take United Kingdom to the Elite Eight in Coach Cal's first season at United Kingdom, were both predicted to make the game as reserves by the TNT panel of Shaquille O'Neal, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley.