Lakers News: Lakers’ Starting Five Named to 2013 All-Star Ballot

Only seven games into the regular season for the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA All-Star ballots have already been released.

Although there’s plenty of talented players at all positions in the Western Conference this year, all five Lakers starters were named to the ballot according to the recent press release:

EL SEGUNDO – Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace were named to the 2013 All-Star ballot presented by Sprint which was unveiled today during a special tip-off event in Houston, the Official Host City of NBA All-Star 2013.

This season there’s a little twist to the All-Star voting with the center position taken off the ballot. Instead of being required to vote for one center in both conferences, the NBA has removed the position and given three votes for three frontcourt players.

—- Show off your team pride with your own Lakers Nation t-shirt! —-

Lakers’ center Dwight Howard one of the big-name players in the league that aren’t fond of the NBA’s new rule to remove his position from the ballot. Howard claims that centers work as hard as anyone else on the basketball floor and deserve to have the position on the ballot.

It’s hard to argue with Howard’s opinion on the subject considering all the physical abuse NBA centers can take over the course of an 82-game regular season. Even though Howard disagrees with the new rule, there’s little chance it will impact his status as a perennial All-Star starter.

As for the rest of the Lakers that appear on the ballot, Kobe Bryant is a given to be named a starter in the backcourt. Steve Nash, Metta World Peace and Pau Gasol will likely be fighting for spots on the West roster as reserves, but all five starters for the Lakers have a legitimate shot of being voted as All-Stars this season.

The All-Star starters for both conferences will be announced on Jan. 17 and the voting will conclude three days prior on Jan. 14.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Steve Nash To Be Re-Evaluated Along With Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Lakers have been ravaged by injuries this season with…

Lakers Draft News: L.A. Interviews Marquette’s Henry Ellenson

When it comes to the 2016 NBA Draft, most consider there to be a drop-off after the top two players which could come into play for the Los Angeles Lakers if they fall to the third overall selection…

VIDEO: Kobe Bryant Has First Post-Retirement Interview With Ellen Degeneres

It has been almost two weeks since Kobe Bryant played his last game in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar put on a show at the Staples Center on April 13 scoring a season-high 60 points in front of a crowd of diehard fans, celebrities, and former teammates…

Lakers Looking To Rebound From Sunday’s Loss, Host Jazz

Jazz Projected Starting Line-up: PG: Earl Watson SG: C.J. Miles SF: Paul…