One week after the 2014 All-Star Game starters were announced, the league released the 14 reserves rounding out the 12-man rosters. On a special, hour-long presentation of NBA Tip-Off on TNT, prior to Thursday’s double-header, the studio crew revealed selections.
For the most part, the rosters are difficult to argue with. Here they are in their entirety, so decide for yourself:
F – LeBron James, Miami
F – Carmelo Anthony, New York
F – Paul George, Indiana
G- Dwyane Wade, Miami
G – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
F – Chris Bosh, Miami
C – Roy Hibbert, Indiana
G – DeMar DeRozan, Toronto
G – Joe Johnson, Brooklyn
F – Paul Millsap, Atlanta
F/C – Joakim Noah, Chicago
G – John Wall, Washington
F – Kevin Love, Minnesota
F – Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
F – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
G – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
G – Stephen Curry, Golden State
G – James Harden, Houston
G – Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
C – Dwight Howard, Houston
F – Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
G – Tony Parker, San Antonio
F – LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland
G – Damian Lillard, Portland
Of course, as always, a few All-Star worthy players missed the cut. Most notably, perhaps, is Anthony Davis of the host New Orleans Hornets. In his second season, Davis is averaging 20.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and a league-leading 3.3 blocks per game. However, he missed seven games in December with a broken hand, and his Pelicans sit in 12th place in the Western Conference. Davis will still be a part of All-Star Weekend, as he’ll participate in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Like Davis, Cousins’ snub was likely due in large part to his team’s struggles. Though Cousins is averaging 22.6 points and 11.6 rebounds, the Kings have just 15 wins and are the bottom-dweller in the West.
In the East, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Indiana’s Lance Stephenson are the notable leave-offs. Lowry, along with DeRozan, has led the Raptors’ ascension to third in the East, while has embraced his full-time starting role with the first-place Pacers. After the reserves were announced, Stephenson notched his league-leading fourth triple-double of the season in a loss to the Suns.
The All-Star reserves are selected by the league’s head coaches, and coaches can only vote for players in their own conference. Coaches are unable to vote for their own players.
NBA All-Star Weekend kicks off Thursday, February 14 and concludes with the 63rd All-Star Game on Sunday.