The NBA will announce the 2017 NBA All-Star Game reserves on January 26, Thursday. The reserves will be picked by the league’s head coaches. Russell Westbrook is surely getting in after getting snubbed as a starter.
Here are SportsRageous’ predictions on which players will be selected as reserves for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. Each conference will have two backcourt spots, three frontcourt players and two wildcard selections.
- Isaiah Thomas, PG – Boston Celtics
- Kyle Lowry, PG – Toronto Raptors
- Paul George, SF – Indiana Pacers
- Paul Millsap, PF – Atlanta Hawks
- Kevin Love, PF – Cleveland Cavaliers
- John Wall, PG – Washington Wizards
- Kemba Walker, PG – Charlotte Hornets
Isaiah Thomas and Kyle Lowry are no-brainers as NBA All-Star Game reserves since they both had cases to be named starters. Paul George and Paul Millsap are carrying their teams to the playoffs while Kevin Love’s hot streak to start the season is enough to give the defending champs three All-Stars.
On the other hand, John Wall has led the Wizards’ ascend from bottom feeders to the fifth-seed in the East standings, per NBA.com. Finally, it’s Kemba Walker’s time to make his first All-Star game although Joel Embiid could bump him out since the Sixers are on a roll as of late.
- Russell Westbrook, PG – Oklahoma City Thunder
- Chris Paul, PG – Los Angeles Clippers (Currently injured)
- Klay Thompson, SG – Golden State Warriors (Injury replacement for Chris Paul)
- Marc Gasol, C – Memphis Grizzlies
- DeMarcus Cousins, C – Sacramento Kings
- Draymond Green, PF – Golden State Warriors
- Gordon Hayward, SF – Utah Jazz
- Rudy Gobert, C – Utah Jazz
Russell Westbrook was certainly robbed out of the starting spot by Stephen Curry. Nevertheless, he gets in along with Chris Paul, who is currently injured, per ESPN. Klay Thompson surely gets picked as his replacement over Damian Lillard because the Warriors are the best team in the league.
Draymond Green gives the Warriors four All-Stars while the Grizzlies have to get one representative. Marc Gasol gets the nod because he has carried the team when Mike Conley, who deserves an All-Star spot, was out injured.
Finally, DeMarcus Cousins is helping the Kings reach the playoffs while the Utah Jazz should have two All-Stars in Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert. Hayward is playing the best basketball of his life while Gobert is currently the best defensive center in the NBA right now. Sorry, DeAndre Jordan.
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