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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Rapid Reaction: The 2012 All-Star ballot

By Mike Mazzeo

The NBA All-Star ballots were released Wednesday, and the voting has begun.

The All-Star Game will take place on Feb. 26 at Orlando’s Amway Arena.

The voting will end on Jan. 31 and the starters will be announced on Feb. 2 on TNT prior to the Knicks-Bulls game.

The Nets have three players on the ballot: point guard Deron Williams, shooting guard Anthony Morrow (huh?) and power forward Kris Humphries.

Quick thoughts:

• Williams is the Nets' only chance. It was nice of them to put Morrow on the ballot, given how well he played last season, but he's shooting just 28.1 percent from the field right now and has already lost his starting spot. If only they could swap Morrow with rookie MarShon Brooks. There are too many good two-guards in the Eastern Conference for Brooks to make the team, but he definitely deserves to be on the ballot. The 22-year-old is currently second among all rookies in scoring (13.7 points per game), and that should increase. He'll make his first NBA start Wednesday night in Boston.

• The NBA owes Morrow for his 3-point contest snub last season. He's only shooting 28.6 percent from downtown in 2011-12, but if he gets his percentage to a more respectable range, he deserves an invite. After all, he came into this season as the second-most accurate 3-point marksman in league history.

• Humphries, who is currently out with a sprained left shoulder, is averaging a double-double right now and definitely deserves to be on the ballot. But the 26-year-old will likely come up short in what is a star-studded crop of forwards. Everyone knows who Humphries is -- so he has that going for him -- but remember: He was voted as the most disliked player in the league.

• Center Brook Lopez would definitely be on the ballot if he was healthy, but he's out with a broken foot, so obviously he wasn't going to make the cut. If he was healthy and his rebounding numbers were up, he probably would've made the team.

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