The fans weren’t able to vote them in, but now the coaches have had their say. The list of the 2017 NBA All Star reserves have been released. Although New Orleans will be greeting some familiar faces to the All Star Game, a few of them will be suiting up for their respective Conferences for the first time: DeAndre Jordan, Gordon Hayward, and Kemba Walker.
They’ll be joining the starters, announced last week, for the NBA’s yearly showcase of the best, on Feb. 19.
The NBA All Stars Reserves List
Below are the players who have been selected as reserves, as voted by the NBA’s thirty coaches:
- Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
- Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
- DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers
- Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz
- Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
- Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
- DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
- John Wall, Washington Wizards
- Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
- Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
- Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
- Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks
- Paul George, Indiana Pacers
- Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
Russell Westbrook was the easiest pick of them all. The Triple Double Machine was famously snubbed by the fan vote, but the coaches have given him his deserved spot on the roster. He’ll be joining old teammate Kevin Durant for the West. They’ll be playing together for the first time since the well-documented split in the off-season. (Let’s hope that’s not awkward.)
Also notable for the West: Thompson and Green round out a quartet of Golden State Warriors. They’re just the eighth team in history to send four players to the All-Star Game.
For the East, having a bountiful pick of points guards no longer seems like a problem. Unable to snub any one of them, the coaches are sending all of Wall, Thomas, Lowry, and Walker to the All-Star Game. For first-timer Walker, it was apparently a special moment. When his name was announced on the selection show, his team burst into his New York hotel room to shower him with congratulations.
A message that the coaches seem to agree on? Winning matters. As pointed out by ESPN, every member of the NBA All Star Reserves list comes from a team currently in Playoff contention. This means that some players playing at pretty phenomenal levels this season failed to make the list due to their team’s W/L record.
Joel Embiid certainly comes to mind. The likes of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andre Drummond, as well, won’t be getting an All Star jersey this year.
With the starters already geared up (Curry, Harden, Leonard, Durant, and Anthony for the West; Irving, DeRozan, James, Butler and Antetokounmpo for the East), let’s not be surprised if both teams end up beating the All Star Game’s scoring record once again.
Did your favorites make it in? Any thoughts on the NBA All Star Reserves list? Sound off in the comments!