NEW YORK — Kawhi Leonard and Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers were named All-Star reserves on Thursday, while two players from the Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks were also selected.
Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns from the Western Conference leader Timberwolves will go to the match to be played in Indianapolis on February 18. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry became an All-Star for the 10th time, while Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis and Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker completed the West reserves.
Stevenson graduate Jalen Brunson was selected for the first time and was joined by teammate Julius Randle from the Knicks, who went 14-2 in January. The East had two other first-time picks in Tyrese Maxey of the Philadelphia 76ers and Paolo Banchero of the Orlando Magic; They were joined by Donovan Mitchell of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics and Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat.
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Batı is a much more experienced team. Curry tied Hall of Famer Paul Arizin’s Warriors franchise record for most picks, while Perspectives alum Davis and George, who will return to his original NBA home in Indiana, became an All-Star for the ninth time. Leonard was selected six times.
The starters were announced last week. Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard will be accompanied by 76ers’ Joel Embiid, Celtics’ Jayson Tatum and Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton in the East.
The West’s starters include LeBron James from the Lakers, Nikola Jokic from the Denver Nuggets, and Kevin Durant from the Suns, along with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander from the Oklahoma City Thunder and Luka Doncic from the Dallas Mavericks in the frontcourt.
The reserves were selected by a vote of the head coaches in each conference. Regardless of position, they had to select three frontcourt players, two guards and two other players.
That wasn’t enough to bring in multiple valuable players who put up big numbers in an era where teams pile on them every night. Among those not selected for the game were Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks, who averaged 27 points and 10.9 assists, or the Sacramento Kings duo of Domantas Sabonis, the NBA’s leading rebounder, and De’Aaron Fox.
The NBA-leading Celtics and Timberwolves were hoping to land three All-Star players, but neither Boston’s Derrick White nor Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert were selected.
The Wolves had to settle for having two All-Stars for the fifth time in franchise history, the first since Towns and Jimmy Butler in 2018.
If any player is injured and cannot play, Commissioner Adam Silver selects his replacement. Randle will likely be out with a dislocated right shoulder, which is expected to keep him sidelined through the All-Star break.