Last Thursday, the NBA released the 2017 All-Star game starters. For the West, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and James Harden of the Houston Rockets were named the backcourt starters while Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs, and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans were named as the frontcourt starters. For the East, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Demar Derozan of the Toronto Raptors were named as the starting backcourt while Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls, and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks were named as the frontcourt starters. But we are here to talk Eastern Conference Reserves.
Today, the NBA announced the All-Star team reserves and this is what the East is looking like. The reserves for the East as voted on by NBA coaches are Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics, John Wall of the Washington Wizards, Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets, Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks, Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers. This is Kemba’s first All-Star game. Kemba is the first Hornets player since Gerald Wallace in 2010.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) January 14, 2017
The most notable names that didn’t make the list are Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, Dwyane Wade of the Chicago Bulls, and Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons. Joel is having an incredible season, averaging 19.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks a game while being limited to only 25 minutes a game. Joel is the biggest snub of the East reserves. This All-Star game also marks the first time since 2006 that neither Carmelo nor Wade has been in the game.
The only curious decision is the number of point guards on the East squad. They have five point guards in John Wall, Kyle Lowry, Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, and Kemba Walker. All five of them have had stellar seasons but five guards seems like too much. Instead of the five guards, they could have added one or two centers, considering they do not have any. You may debate about whether the coaches made the right choices when making the team, but you can’t debate the fact that they are all stellar players and deserving of the honor of being an NBA All-Star.