Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 2/2/12
Dwight Howard is one popular guy. Not only among those who want to trade for him, but among fans.The Magic center finished as the leading overall vote-getter in NBA All-Star returns, and will start for the East in the Feb. 26 All-Star Game in Orlando. While Howard, who has asked be traded, could be dealt before the March 15 trade deadline, it's highly unlikely he would be shipped out before the Magic plays host to Orlando's second All-Star Game.With the starting lineups having been announced Thursday, joining Howard on the East will be Miami teammates LeBron James, first in the voting at forward, and Dwyane Wade, second among guards. It will mark the eighth straight All-Star appearances for both James and Wade while it's the sixth consecutive one for Howard.Other East starters will be New York forward Carmelo Anthony and Chicago guard Derrick Rose.For the West, the leading vote-getter was Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. Other starters are Lakers center Andrew Bynum, Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Clippers guard Chris Paul.The Heat, Lakers and Clippers each will have two All-Star starters at Amway Arena. Orlando's only previous All-Star Game was in 1992 at Orlando Arena.Reserves will be announced next Thursday. Miami forward Chris Bosh looks to be a shoo-in to be named to his seventh straight All-Star Game.Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson.
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