Forward Julius Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers drew a record 707,012 votes in fan balloting for the 1983 all-star game Feb. 13 at Inglewood, Calif., according to final figures released by the NBA. This is the third straight year and the fourth overall that Erving has been No. 1 in the voting. He not missed an all-star game in seven NBA seasons or in five years in the old American Basketball Association.
Joining Erving on the East starting team will be forward Larry Bird of Boston, center Moses Malone of Philadelphia, the No. 2 vote getter with 687,741, and guards Isiah Thomas of Detroit and Maurice Cheeks of Philadelphia. Chosen for the West were forwards Maurice Lucas of Phoenix and Alex English of Denver, center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of Los Angeles and guards Earvin (Magic) Johnson of Los Angeles and David Thompson of Seattle.
The remaining players on the 12-man rosters will be selected by the coaches in each conference and announced later this week. Philadelphia's Billy Cunningham will coach the East and Los Angeles' Pat Riley will coach the West, because their teams had the best records in their conferences through Sunday's games.