The list of 14 replacements for the NBA All Star Game (February 19 in Salt Lake City), chosen by the coaches, was unveiled on Thursday.
We knew the ten holders of the NBA All Star Game since last week, we now know the fourteen replacements. If the starting five were determined by a combined vote of fans (50%), journalists (25%) and players (25%), it was the coaches who chose the replacements. They will be distributed among the teams just before the match (a novelty this year), by the two captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpoknowing that there has been no distinction between East and West for some years now.
Four rookies at the All Star Game
Among the substitutes, four players will honor their very first All Star Game selection, thanks to their good first part of the season with their team. They are Tyrese Haliburton in the East and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Lauri Markkanen in the West. Paul George (8th selection), Damian Lillard (7th), and DeDamar Rozan and Joel Embiid (6th) are the most regulars. Among the great absentees, we note the names of James Harden, Trae Young, Anthony Davis or even De’Aron Fox, who pay for their injuries, the presence of another player on their team, or their poor collective results. But let’s not forget that teams can change between now and the match, scheduled in sixteen days, due to injuries. Kevin Durant, Luka Doncic and Zion Williamson, all holders, are currently in the infirmary, for example. On the French side, no player will have the honor of this star game, Rudy Gobert, selected for the last three years, not having been selected. But this is nothing out of a scandal and the Wolves pivot should be able to hold back his tears this time around.
Western Conference: LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers), Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets), Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)
Eastern Conference: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics), Donovan Mitchell (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets)
Western Conference: Paul George (LA Clippers), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder), Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Lauri Markkanen (Utah Jazz), Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies), Domantas Sabonis (Sacramento Kings)
Eastern Conference: Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), DeMar DeRozan (Chicago Bulls), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers), Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks), Julius Randle (New York Knicks)