The 2021 NBA All-Star game will be held on March 7th, however unlike previous years, it will be part of a one-night event which will feature other events such as the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the 3-Point Contest and the Slam Dunk Contest. What’s also unusual about the game from the Houston Rockets‘ standpoint is that they won’t have an All-Star for the first time since 2012.
With the NBA All Star starters announced already, the long-awaited reserves selections were highly anticipated by many fans around the world. The format for the game will include both team captains, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, to select their teammates from the pool of players available.
On February 23rd, the reserves were finally revealed and fans of different teams around the league didn’t waste any time voicing their frustrations on why their favorite players were snubbed from an All-Star selection. To summarize who will be an All-Star this year, below is a list of both starters and reserves for the event.
The Western Conference starters include Lebron James, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic and Kawhi Leonard.
The reserves from the West that were announced are the following:
- Anthony Davis
- Paul George
- Rudy Gobert
- Damian Lillard
- Donovan Mitchell
- Chris Paul
- Zion Williamson
On the other hand, the Eastern Conference starters include Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid.
The reserves from the East that were announced are the following:
- Jaylen Brown
- James Harden
- Zach Lavine
- Julius Randle
- Ben Simmons
- Jayson Tatum
- Nikola Vucevic
Houston Rockets’ Christian Wood tops list of replacements for Anthony Davis in the All-Star game
With respect to the Western Conference, Anthony Davis was named a reserve, however his status to play is doubtful. Last week, Los Angeles Lakers head coach, Frank Vogel, announced that he expects the star forward/center to miss approximately four weeks due to a calf strain and re-aggravated Achilles tendinosis.
With the team’s biggest priority being to have a healthy roster heading into the playoffs, we can expect someone who was snubbed from an All-Star selection this year to replace Davis. Here are three players from the Western Conference who can fill that void in the 2021 NBA All Star Game.
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