Both rosters for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams are now fully set.
NBA head coaches around the league were asked to select seven players (two backcourt, three frontcourt and two wild-cards) from their respective conferences to round out the teams, as the ten starters, voted in by the fans, were revealed one week ago.
The following players were chosen…
The Western Conference reserves will be comprised of Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies, LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers and David Lee of the Golden State Warriors.
The Eastern Conference reserves are Luol Deng and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Jrue Holiday of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Five of the seven players on the East’s bench (Noah, George, Chandler, Irving and Holiday) will be competing in their very first All-Star game.
James Harden is the only player out West who will be making his first All-Star appearance.
What a Joke for @StephenCurry30 to not make the All Star Team!!!! Unbelievable!!
— Mark Jackson (@JacksonMark13) January 25, 2013
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) January 25, 2013
Chuck: Jamal Crawford and J.R. Smith should've made the All-Star Game because they'll never have a chance to make it again. (Huh?)
— J.E. Skeets (@jeskeets) January 25, 2013
Don't care that Cavs are terrible, Kyrie Irving is killing the NBA right now and is a deserving All-Star. Durant said he'd pay to watch him.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) January 25, 2013
People wanted J.R. Smith, who has shot below 30 percent from three and 40 percent from the field the last two months, to be an All-Star.
— Couper Moorhead (@CoupNBA) January 25, 2013
Replace Luol Deng with Brook Lopez. As good as Deng is, not having Lopez in is a travesty! A sham! A mockery! A traveshamockery!
— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) January 25, 2013
Editor Chris Walder: Reaction
Kudos to me. Jamal Crawford and J.R Smith never stood a chance, so I don’t get why Charles Barkley was so upset with their snubs on the live show.
Luol Deng? Seriously? I didn’t hear his name mentioned once as a possible reserve over the past week or so. That was a shocker to me.
Is he more deserving than Brook Lopez? Paul Pierce? Josh Smith? I don’t feel believe that he is.
I’m disappointed to hear that Stephen Curry didn’t crack the list, but I can’t argue with anyone who made it over him. Someone was going to get snubbed in a bad way, and in this case, it was Curry. I’m sure if Aldridge or Randolph weren’t ignored, there would be just as many fans defending them as well.
Topics: Chicago Bulls, Chris Bosh, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, LaMarcus Aldridge, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Luol Deng, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland TrailBlazers, San Antonio Spurs, Stephen Curry, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Toronto Raptors