On Thursday night TNT’s Inside The NBA crew Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, and Ernie Johnson revealed the NBA 2015 Eastern Conference and Western Conference All Star reserves for the All Star game. Of course there was some nitpicking going on which players were snubbed an All Star slot.
The Eastern Conference Reserves:
Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) – Third Appearance
Paul Milsap (Atlanta Hawks) – Second Appearance
Jeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks) – First Appearance
Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls) – First Appearance
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) -Third Appearance
Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) – Eleventh Appearance
Chris Bosh (Miami Heat) – Tenth Appearance
Three potential snubs of the Eastern Conference includes Orlando Magic’s center Nikola Vucevic, Milwaukee Buck’s point guard Brandon Knight, and Atlanta Hawks’s guard Kyle Korver. Nikola Vucevic is one of the few big men that actually playing his true position, he’s averaging 19.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 2 assists on 53 percent shooting. Brandon Knight is leading the overachieving Milwaukee Bucks to a 24-22 season while averaging 16.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists. Guard Kyle Korver of the Atlanta is a prominent part of their great way season and current 17 game winning streak while averaging over 50 percent from the three, from the two, and 92 percent at the free throw line.
The Western Conference Reserves:
Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) – First Appearance
James Harden (Houston Rockets) – Third Appearance
Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) – Fourth Appearance
Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) – Eighth Appearance
LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers) – Fourth Appearance
Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) – Sixth Appearance
Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs) – Fifteenth Appearance
Two of the biggest snubs of the Western Conference is Portland Trail Blazers’s point guard Damian Lillard and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. Damian Lillard is perhaps the of the most clutch player in the league, scoring the most points in the fourth quarter, and plays on the second best team in the West. Lillard is averaging 21.8 points, 6.2 assists per game, and 4.6 rebounds. King’s center Demarcus Cousins is the leader of the team averaging 23.8 points and 12.3 rebounds and definitely a top three center in the league.
NBA All Star Game will be held in New York City on February 15, 2014 on TNT at 8:30pm.