Top Stats to Know: Kobe, Curry and LeBron headline All-Star Game starters

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The NBA announced who will be starting in the All-Star Game, with Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry and LeBron James leading the way.

Here are the top things to know about the starters in the All-Star Game:

Western Conference

Kobe Bryant – 18th selection

No player received more votes than Bryant, who received over 1.8 million votes. Stephen Curry earned the second most, just over 1.6 million.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Bryant is the fourth 37-year-old to start in an All-Star Game, joining John Havlicek (1978), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1986) and Michael Jordan (2002-03).

Bryant holds a number of statistical records in All-Star Games, including: most field goals attempted (115), most points scored (280), and is tied with Jordan for most steals in All-Star Games (37).

Stephen Curry – 3rd selection

The Warriors point guard gets his third ASG selection, including his third consecutive start. He becomes the first Warriors player to start in three consecutive All-Star Games since Rick Barry from 1974 to '76.

Curry leads the league in scoring and teammate Draymond Green leads the league in triple-doubles. They could be the first pair of teammates since Jordan and Scottie Pippen (1991-92) to make an All-Star Game after one teammate led the league in scoring and the other led the league in triple-doubles, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Kevin Durant

Durant and Russell Westbrook make their fifth All-Star Game together, the most by Thunder/SuperSonics teammates in franchise history. Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp were selected to the same ASG four times.

No player has scored more per game in All-Star Game history than Durant.

Russell Westbrook

Westbrook has a career-high 29.3 PER, which is second in the NBA, while Durant is third in PER (28.2) this season. Over the past 50 seasons, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (2010-11 and 2011-12) are the only teammates to rank among the top three in PER in a single season.

In the 2015 All-Star Game, Westbrook scored 41 points, coming a point short of tying Wilt Chamberlain for most points in a single ASG (42, 1962).

Kawhi Leonard

Leonard earns his first All-Star Game selection. He joins Chauncey Billups and Joe Dumars as the only players to make their first All-Star team after having already won Finals MVP, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

He becomes the first Spurs All-Star Game starter not named Tim Duncan since David Robinson in 1993.

Eastern Conference

LeBron James

James is named to his 12th All-Star Game, starting in all 12. He ties Tim Duncan and Bob Cousy for the fourth-most All-Star Game starts in NBA history. In addition, James is one of three players (Bryant, Curry) to receive over 1 million votes for the 2016 ASG.

Only Bryant (280) has scored more points in All-Star Games than James (278). He has made the most 3-point FG in All-Star Game history with 27.

Kyle Lowry

Lowry is selected to his second straight All-Star appearance, starting last year’s All-Star Game. He scored 10 points and made eight assists in his All-Star debut in 2015.

He is averaging career highs in PPG (20.9) and RPG (5.0). Lowry is one of two players in the East (LeBron James) averaging 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game.

His 6.5 win shares are tied for most in the East with James and Jimmy Butler.

Lowry gets to play at his home city of Toronto, which is hosting the first All-Star Game outside of the United States.

Carmelo Anthony

Anthony is named to his ninth All-Star Game, matching George Gervin and Dominique Wilkins for the most NBA ASG selections without an NBA Finals appearance. Chris Paul could join him if he is selected to his ninth ASG this season.

He also becomes the first Knicks player to make five straight ASG since Patrick Ewing made 10 straight from 1988 to '97.

Dwyane Wade

Like James, Wade is selected to his 12th All-Star Game, tied for the second-longest active streak.

Wade has recorded a PER of 20.0 or better in 12 straight seasons. He is doing it averaging under 30 MPG for the first time in his career.

Paul George

George is named to his third All-Star selection, having last been a starter in 2014.

He is averaging career highs in PPG (23.7) and PER (20.8). Two of his three career 40-point games have come this season.