The NBA All-Star Game 2016 reserves were announced via NBA.com on Thursday Jan. 28 with several first-time players getting a spot in the big game. Among them are Golden State Warriors triple-double machine, Draymond Green and the Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond. Green joins two other Warriors teammates on the Western Conference, while Drummond joins a team that is pretty much divvied up amongst various Eastern Conference squads. Of course with those selected, it seems there may also be some noticeable snubs that will be talked about as the game arrives.
According to ESPN.com in their Jan. 28 report, Green will join his Warriors teammates Stephen Curry, who was voted a starter, and Klay Thomspon, who was also added as a reserve. Joining the rest of the Western Conference reserves on their roster will be James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings. Curry will be on the starting lineup along with leading All-Star vote-getter Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers, as well as Oklahoma City Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs will make his first start for the team in place of injured Clippers star Blake Griffin. The Spurs’ Greg Popovich will be head coach.
Over on the Eastern Conference team, Andre Drummond will be on the bench for the team along with recently-named reserves Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls, DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks, Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, John Wall of the Washington Wizards and Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics. On the starting lineup will be Cleveland’s LeBron James, Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry, Indiana Pacers star Paul George, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks. Coaching the team will be Tyronn Lue, assistant coach at Cleveland who has now become head coach after the firing of David Blatt.
Notably missing from this year’s game may be regulars such as Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Duncan and Nowitzki have played in many of these games but both failed to get enough votes from coaches to make the roster. One could argue that Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets and Damian Lillard of the Trailblazers were snubbed, although many guards have been playing great basketball this season so far, making it tough to include them all on the teams. The 2016 NBA All-Star game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 14 in Toronto with the All-Star Weekend skills contest competitors still to be named.