KRISTAPS Porzingis and Karl-Anthony Towns are set to make their first NBA All-Star Game appearance, while the Golden State Warriors made history as the first team to have four All-Stars in two straight seasons after Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were included among the reserves announced on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).
The 14 reserves chosen by the NBA coaches were revealed, which had four first-time All-Stars such as New York Knicks’ Porzingis, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Towns, Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal, and Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo.
Thompson and Green, meanwhile, joined Warriors teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant for the midseason spectacle set February 18 at Los Angeles. This marks the first time in NBA history that one team has four All-Stars in consecutive years.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook led the other Western Conference players chosen as reserves, as the reigning MVP will have his seventh All-Star appearance. Joining Westbrook are San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge, Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, and Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard.
Notable snubs out West are Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul and Thunder forwards Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Another player who was not happy in not being named to the All-Star reserves in the Western Conference is LA Clippers sixth man Lou Williams.
In the Eastern Conference, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, Boston Celtics’ Al Horford and Wizards’ John Wall will make their fifth All-Star appearance. Rounding out the East reserves is Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry.
Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond, Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside, and Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons were the East stars who notably missed the cut.
With the new NBA All-Star format, top vote-getters of the respective conferences in LeBron James and Curry will choose the two teams, picking players from the pool of starters and reserves without regard for conference affiliation.
James and Curry will make their picks through a conference call with NBA officials on Thursday, and the teams will be revealed on the same day.
The first four picks of each captain must come from the starters voted in, such as Durant, New Orleans Pelicans duo Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, Rockets’ James Harden, Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo, Sixers’ Joel Embiid, and Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan.