Allen Iverson was voted to start in the All-Star Game, while Steve Nash and Tim Duncan made late moves to claim starting spots for the Western Conference.
Nash passed the inactive Tracy McGrady as the second guard, while Duncan disappointed Dallas fans hoping to see Dirk Nowitzki start by rallying past the Mavericks forward.
LeBron James was the leading vote-getter for the Feb. 14 game at Cowboys Stadium, becoming the first player to earn at least 2.5 million votes three times. He will make his sixth All-Star appearance, all as a starter.
“The fans still love and see what I do every night and they appreciate it, and I appreciate them for electing me as an All-Star starter,” James said before the Cavaliers played host to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. “It’s still special.”
Starters were decided by fan balloting at NBA arenas and electronically. The reserves, to be chosen by vote of the head coaches in each conference, will be announced next Thursday.
The fans still love Iverson, even though he’s played only 19 games during the worst season of his career. He appeared on the West ballot since he began the season in Memphis, but he and the Grizzlies parted ways following only three games.
Iverson’s votes counted in the East since he rejoined the Philadelphia 76ers, his longtime team. He is averaging only 14.8 points a game with the 76ers.
Bothered by a sore knee, Iverson has said he would consider his health before deciding whether to play in the All-Star Game for the 10th time.
“I just want to thank everybody for their support this season and it’s an honor that the fans have voted me into the All-Star Game as a starter,” Iverson said.