Presenting, The 2012 NBA All-Star Game ReservesCategory: Basketball
Last year, the Boston Celtics became just the second team in history to have four players picked as reserves for the All-Star Game by the coaches with it’s Big Four of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo.
This year, only Pierce is coming back. Garnett wasn’t chosen after 14 consecutive selections.
Tim Duncan, a familiar face won’t be coming back as well. His streak broken at 13.
Dirk Nowitzki, the 2011 NBA finals MVP was also selected by the coaches even though his average of 17.6 points is his worst since he scored 17.5 per game in the 1999-00 season. Nowitzki thinks he doesn’t deserve the honor.
First-timers include: Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol of Memphis, Andre Iguodala of Philadelphia, Indiana’s Roy Hibbert, and Chicago’s Luol Deng.
This is the complete list of reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game:
Eastern Conference All-Stars
Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics)
Chris Bosh (Miami Heat)
Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls)
Roy Hibbert (Indiana Pacers)
Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers)
Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks)
Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets)
Western Conference All-Stars
Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)
LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers)
Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies)
Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns)
Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs)
Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Of course, there are other noteworthy players who were having All-Star seasons but failed to make it.
Notable All-Star snubs are Paul Millsap, Paul Millsap, Pau Gasol, Rajon Rondo, Ricky Rubio, Brandon Jennings and Kyrie Irving.
NBA Commissioner David Stern will select the replacement if any of the starters or reserves will miss the game due to injuries
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