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NBA All-Star Game 2012: Dwight Howard, LeBron James Lead Eastern Conference Starters

The NBA announced the starters for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game on Thursday afternoon, to be played in Orlando on Sunday, February 26. Here are the starters for the Eastern Conference, led by a hometown favorite (but for how long?).

Eastern Conference Starters

Center - Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic: making his sixth straight All-Star appearance and fifth straight start, the Orlando center has been the subject of trade rumors for months, in the final season of his contract

Forward - LeBron James, Miami Heat: making his eighth consecutive All-Star start, James is currently the front runner for NBA Most Valuable Player, averaging 29.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game this season for the Heat

Forward - Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks: fifth All-Star appearance for Anthony and fourth start, and his first in New York.

Guard - Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls: the reigning MVP will make his third consecutive All-Star appearance and second start

Guard -Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat: the eight All-Star appearance and seventh start for Wade

The 2012 NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Amway Center in Orlando. For more news and information on the Lakers and Clippers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll and Clips Nation.