Bryant (988,884) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (1,047,281) earned the right to start in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday after securing the top two vote totals for West guards in the fan balloting. Bryant, however, will miss the game due to a knee injury and has not played since Dec. 17. Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, who is coaching the West All-Stars, chose Harden as a starter.
Harden is making his second All-Star appearance and his first as a starter. He is averaging 23.9 points, 5.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds for the Rockets this season. Brooks coached Harden with the Thunder from 2009-12.