- The fans have finished voting as the PBA announces the starters for this year's All-Star game
- Brgy. Ginebra's Scottie Thompson is the only rookie that have been voted by fans to start this year's star-studded pickup game
- The All-Star game will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on August 7
With just less than a month away to this year's All-Star Game, the Philippine Basketball Association has announced the starting 5 for both the North and South team for the coming game to be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Reigning back-to-back MVP June Mar Fajardo along with his cebuano colleague, big man Greg Slaughter are voted by fans to start as the South All-Stars frontcourt while Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva will form the backcourt of the North All-Star team.
The South All-Star team will also be started by Scottie Thompson of the Barangay Ginebra Kings, the only rookie in this year's All-Star game, and veteran 3 pt-maestro James Yap. Both players will form the team's backcourt while Joe De Vance will play the 3 position.
For the North, making his 10th All-Star appearance, Mark Caguioa will also be joining this year's all-star game. Both Japeth Aguilar and Mark Pingris will also join in to form the North's starting five.
James Yap and Asi Taulava are both tied with the most number of All-Star selections at 13. With Taulava despite being 43 years old, playing very good tough basketball, the NLEX center is looking at his 14th PBA All-Star appearance.
The starters for both the North and South teams are determined via fan votes. The rest of the players to form the teams will be determined and chosen by the coaches of both teams.
Coach Yeng Guiao of Rain and Shine will be leading the way for the North team while San Miguel's head coach Leo Austria will be calling the shots for the South.
Greg Slaughter has announced on Sunday that he will not be playing in the All-Star game as he continues to recover from an ankle injury that has kept him out of any action since May.
This year's All-Star game will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on August 7.
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