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Kyrie Irving voted All-Star Starter

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This will be Irving’s 5th All-Star appearance

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The NBA announced that Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving was voted as an All-Star starter. Irving was the top vote-getter among Eastern Conference guards from the fan vote, media vote and player vote.

In his first season with the Celtics, Irving is averaging 24.1 points per game and five assists per game. He’s also shooting a career-best 47.3 percent from the field, while helping to lead Boston to the best record in the Eastern Conference at 34-11.

The last Celtics to start an All-Star game were Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo in 2013, when both were voted in by the fans. The history of Celtics starting the All-Star game goes back to the original game in 1951, when teammates Bob Cousy and Ed Macauley opened the game.

Irving’s former teammate with the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James was the top vote-getter in the Eastern Conference. That means James will be one of the two captains, as this year the All-Star teams will be picked by the two captains, as opposed to the traditional East vs West matchup.

Joining Irving and James as starters are Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors.

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was the leading vote-getter in the Western Conference. Curry will join James as one of the two captains who will pick their squads for the contest.

Curry will be joined by his Warriors teammate Kevin Durant, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans teammates Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins as starter.

All-Star reserves will be announced next Tuesday, January 23rd on TNT at 7:00 PM EST. Al Horford is considered to be a leading contender to join Irving as an All-Star.

The teams, as picked by James and Curry, will then be announced Thursday, January 25th on TNT at 7:00 PM EST.

The NBA All-Star Game is Sunday, February 18th at 08:00 PM EST on TNT.