Thursday , Jan , 29 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Carter top vote-getter in NBA All-Star balloting

=== Carter top vote-getter in NBA All-Star balloting ===

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Forward Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors
received the most votes in the NBA All-Star Balloting program, marking the
fourth time that he has led the league in voting.

The program enabled NBA fans from around the globe to vote in the starters for
the 53rd NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at Staples Center in Los
Angeles on Sunday, February 15, 2004.

Carter, who collected 2,127,183 votes, and Julius Erving have both led the
league in balloting on four occasions, trailing only Michael Jordan, who holds
the all-time mark of nine times.

Carter is joined at forward in the Eastern Conference starting lineup by
Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal (1,629,054 votes). Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson
(1,731,648) and Orlando’s Tracy McGrady (1,231,825) will be the starting
guards for the East, while Detroit’s Ben Wallace (1,982,251) will start at
center.

Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett paced the Western Conference with 1,780,918
votes. The other starting forward spot in the West went to San Antonio’s Tim
Duncan (1,681,435). The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (1,759,717) and Houston’s Steve
Francis (976,841) will start at guard, while the Rockets’ Yao Ming (1,484,531)
will be the Western Conference’s starting center, as he narrowly beat out the
Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal (1,453,286).

Garnett was selected to his seventh NBA All-Star Game, while Bryant and Duncan
were each chosen for the sixth time. Carter and Iverson will be making their
fifth appearances in the contest, while McGrady earned a trip for the fourth
time.

The 29 head coaches will vote for the remaining members of the All-Star teams
in their respective conferences and the selections will be announced on
Tuesday, February 3.

Rick Carlisle of the Pacers will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars, while
Flip Saunders of the Timberwolves will guide the Western Conference.