Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is headed back to the All-Star Game as a starter in what will be the veteran's 12th appearance.
Wade was voted in by the fans after losing out late in last year's balloting. Kyle Lowry who took Wade's spot a year ago, will join him in the back court for this one. The Toronto Raptors' star received strong support for a second year in a row, and has posted big numbers this season.
After missing out on the vote, Wade still was added to last year's roster as a reserve. This is not only the 12th All-Star appearance for Wade overall, but it is his 12th in a row. Wade has been a part of every All-Star Game dating back to 2005.
Wade is 34-years old, but looks like he may have found the fountain of youth. The guard has played in 40 of Miami's 43 games and has done so with strong performances. Despite a recent shoulder injury, Wade has stayed relatively healthy and has helped Miami to a 23-20 record. The All-Star is averaging 18.1 points while playing just under 30 minutes a game.
Also on the court for the Eastern Conference All-Stars will be LeBron James, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. This will mark the first time that Wade and James start a game on the same squad since James left Miami.
It is possible that Miami could have more representatives join Wade when the bench players are named. Chris Bosh is a likely selection as he has enjoyed another fine campaign.
The NBA All-Star Game is set to take place on Feb. 14 in Toronto.