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