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2013 NBA All-Star game: five Thunder players on the ballot

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The NBA All-Star ballot for the 2013 game has been released, and the Thunder have 5 nominees.

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Screen_shot_2012-11-13_at_8The 2013 NBA All-Star game is an affair that has grown accustomed to seeing Thunder representatives as part of the procession, and this year looks to be no different. The NBA has released its voting ballot for this year's game, to be held in Houston on February 17th. Present on the ballot are no fewer than 5 current Thunder players:

  • Kevin Durant
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Serge Ibaka
  • Kevin Martin
  • Kendrick Perkins
Both Durant and Westbrook were named to last year's team, and Durant took home the All-Star MVP honors.

Interestingly, this year's game is going to be held in Houston, and as we all are painfully aware, Houston traded for James Harden a week before the season started. Is it possible that Harden may finally get the All-Star nod, but in a Rockets jersey?

The NBA announced via press release that there are a few new changes that enable more people than ever before to vote on a daily basis:
2013 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint gives fans around the world the opportunity to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston. For the first time ever, NBA fans can vote via social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter, and Sina Weibo and Tencent QQ in China.
Twitter voting will allow fans to tweet a vote for one player each day throughout the All-Star balloting period. The tweet must include a player's first and last name, along with hash tag #NBABALLOT. Facebook voting will allow fans to fill out one full ballot (three frontcourt and two guards from each conference) per day, through a custom application on Facebook.
Fans can also access the ballot and vote through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint applications, available on Android and iOS. NBA fans can fill out one full ballot (three frontcourt and two guards from each conference) per day, through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint application, the most comprehensive app in the marketplace for NBA fans.
There are several other ways fans can cast their votes as part of this season's all-digital program including: in 11 languages on NBA.com/ASB, through SMS voting by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting NBA.com/ASB on any wireless device. Fans can vote for 10 different players per day, per phone number, via SMS voting by sending 10 separate SMS messages, each one with a different player's last name. Message and data rates may apply.