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Predicting the Eastern Conference Reserves for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game

January 28th, 2014 at 2:05 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

The 2014 NBA All-Star Game is coming up soon and we are less than a month away from seeing the best players in the league square off against each other. The starters have already been announced and now we wait anxiously to see who made the team as a reserve. To be voted in as a starter means that you are a fan favourite and that the fans want to watch you in the game. To be voted as a reserve, although not prestigious, is a tremendous honour as it means your play has gained recognition by the coaches throughout the league.

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Let's take a look at who the fans voted in as starters:

Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony

Those are the list of names that the fans voted in. Some deserve to be there and some don't, but nonetheless the five of them are guaranteed to be in the all-star game. That leaves seven spots for the reserves.

For the reserves, coaches must vote two guards, three front court players and two wild cards. That leaves some talented players off the list based on that criteria. Players like Chris Bosh will probably make the list based on his team being second in the East and with teammate Dwyane Wade missing double digit games due to injury. Players like Andre Drummond will be left off because their teams are near the bottom of the standings.

Here is a list of the players we think will make up the Eastern Conference reserves for this year's all-star game:

Front court

Chris Bosh, Miami Heat – 16.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.0 bpg

Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers – 11.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.6 bpg

Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls – 11.7 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.3 bpg, 1.2 apg

Back court

Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers – 14.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 5.3 apg

John Wall, Washington Wizards – 20.0 ppg, 8.5 apg, 4.3 rpg, 1.9 spg

Wild Cards

Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors – 16.4 ppg, 7.5 apg, 4.2 rpg, 1.6 spg

Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks – 16.2 ppg, 7.3 apg, 1.3 spg

Just missed the cut:

Arron Afflalo, Orlando Magic – 20.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.8 apg

DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors – 21.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.6 apg

Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons – 12.6 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 1.8 bpg

Al Jefferson, Charlotte Bobcats – 18.9 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 1.2 bpg

Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks – 17.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.7 spg, 1.2 bpg

This isn't necessarily a list of who we want to make it, but instead who we think will make it. We believe that DeRozan should be an all-star and that Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap should make it over Chris Bosh. Arron Afflalo is having a solid year averaging more than 20 points per game, but his team has a 12-33 record. Whoever we think should get in doesn't really matter. It's not about what we think, this decision is made by the NBA coaches. It will be interesting to see which direction the coaches decide to go in. And remember, coaches can't vote for their own players.

The reserves will be announced on Thursday, January 30.

The 2014 NBA All-Star Game takes places on Sunday, February 16 in New Orleans. 


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