The 2010-2011 NBA All-Star ballot has been revealed today by the NBA, and the two-time defending champions are receiving the spoils of victory. The Los Angeles Lakers have six players on the ballot, despite as I'm sure many of you are aware there are only five starting spots in basketball. Andrew Bynum's knee surgery has kept him off the court so far this season, but it hasn't kept him off the All-Star ballot, as he is listed as center.
Pau Gasol, who has started all 12 games thus far this season at center, is listed as a forward on the ballot, which could hurt his chances to start the game, which will be played on February 20, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Make no mistake, barring injury, Gasol will make the All-Star team for the Western Conference. He is averaging 22.9 points and 12.2 rebounds for the Lakers. Gasol is a three-time All-Star, including both of his full seasons with the Lakers.
Kobe Bryant has been voted as an All-Star starter 12 times in his career, including each of the last 11 seasons. He is averaging 26.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 6.2 assists this season, and figures to be the final starter announced during pregame introductions at his home arena on February 20.
The other three Lakers starters are all on the ballot: Derek Fisher at guard, and Ron Artest and Lamar Odom as forwards. Odom has never made an All-Star team in his career. Artest was an All-Star in the 2003-2004 season, while with Indiana.
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