Dwyane Wade is always surprised when he hears about the number of All-Star appearances for elite players who preceded him, such as Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway, and it doesn't compare to what he's accrued.

And, so he when he considers his own total, which rose to nine with Thursday's official announcement that he will start the contest Feb. 17 in Houston, another thought comes to mind.

"Hmm, not bad," Wade said Thursday night before the Heat faced the Los Angeles Lakers.

Wade will be joined in the starting lineup by teammate LeBron James, who finished second to the Lakers' Kobe Bryant in overall voting (1,591,437 to 1,583,646), but not by Chris Bosh, who couldn't make up ground on Boston's Kevin Garnett even with some late campaigning.

Bosh finished more than 25,000 votes behind. Bosh could be named to his eighth All-Star Game by the coaches as a reserve next Thursday, but that's not a given with New York's Tyson Chandler and Chicago's Joakim Noah having strong seasons, and Brooklyn's Brook Lopez another possibility.

The East starters will be Wade and Boston's Rajon Rondo in the backcourt with James, Garnett and New York's Carmelo Anthony in the frontcourt.

The West will start Bryant and the Clippers' Chris Paul in the backcourt with a front line of Dwight Howard (Lakers), Blake Griffin (Clippers) and Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City).