Defending NBA MVP Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls was voted a starting guard along with Wade in the East, with the Knicks‘ Carmelo Anthony joining James at forward and Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic at center.
The starters were chosen by fan balloting. Howard was the leading vote-getter with 1.6 million votes.
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder was the lone West starter from outside the Los Angeles city limits. He’ll start along with Griffin at forward, with Bryant and Paul at guard and Bynum at center.
Griffin and Bynum are first-time starters, while Bryant earned his record-tying 14th consecutive selection.
Bynum grabbed the starting center spot that for years went to Yao Ming, who retired last summer. Griffin was chosen as a reserve forward last year, when he became the first rookie All-Star since Yao in 2003.