Yao: Your 2008 Western Conference All Star Center

Saturday, January 26, 2008

With his 1,709,180 fan votes, Yao Ming will be representing the Houston Rockets in the NBA 2008 All-Star Game as the Western Conference Starting Center alongside Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, and Tim Duncan.

While Yao had a high enough vote total this year to make him the starting center, his numbers weren't huge as in the past. The top NBA player for All-Star votes this year was Kevin Garnett (Eastern Conference) with 2,399,148, who edged out Lebron James with 2,108,831 (also from the Eastern Conference).

Hopefully this year's All-Star game will be be a little better than last - and while I hope this every year and it never happens - it still would be great to see some star players - like Yao, Lebron, or KG - compete in the dunk contest.