Four Dallas Mavericks are options on the newly unveiled NBA All-Star ballot. Jason Kidd is listed among Western Conference guards, Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler are listed among the forwards, and now-reserve center Brendan Haywood is listed among the centers. Two of the four most deserving Mavericks - Jason Terry and Tyson Chandler - are not on the ballot.â†µ
Nowitzki and Kidd are long-time veterans of the All-Star Game. Nowitzki has made the last nine Western Conference teams and was the 3-Point Shootout champion in 2006. Kidd has made 10 All-Star teams, including last season for Dallas and was the "Skills Challenge" champion in 2003. Butler made Eastern Conference All-Star teams in 2007 and 2008. Reserve Shawn Marion has also made four All-Star teams, last in 2007.â†µ
The game will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this year on Feb. 20. The game will air on TNT again this season.