The NBA All-Star game starters were announced last week, and there were no real surprises in the group. However, fans with NBA All-Star tickets want to know: Who are the reserves going to be? Those spots will be announced shortly, but here is a look at who could get those final seven spots.
In the Western Conference, there are several easy choices. The Rockets’ James Harden is a lock, considering his city is hosting the event and he is thriving in his new role as alpha dog. Both OKC’s Russell Westbrook and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan are virtually guaranteed of spots on the roster, and Memphis’ Marc Gasol is right up there with them. Golden State has exceeded expectations, so either PF David Lee or PG Stephen Curry will be part of the mix as well. Others who will be under heavy consideration include the Spurs’ Tony Parker, Utah’s Al Jefferson, the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka and Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge. And it would be hard not to field a Western Conference All-Star team with Dirk Nowitzki, who has been a staple on the team for over a decade.
The Eastern Conference reserves might be a little harder to figure out, because there are simply more good players in the West. New York’s Tyson Chandler has somehow never made an All-Star team, but the reigning Defensive Player of the Year deserves a spot this year. Indiana’s Paul George has helped keep the Pacers afloat without Danny Granger, and has also raised his game in the process. Chris Bosh has been a key player in this game for awhile, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get a spot as well. Both Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah are two of the biggest reasons that Chicago is still in position to snag a playoff spot with Derrick Rose still out, so one of them should be in the mix. The Nets have been playing very well recently, and Brook Lopez is the biggest reason for that resurgence. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving is one of the game’s brightest young stars, and this would be a great national stage for his talent. No matter who is chosen, the amount of talent on the floor for both sides will be staggering.
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