As the NBA All-Star reserves are inevitably leaked in advance of the 7 p.m. ET announcement, we'll have updates for you. The full rosters have now been announced.
Update 7:00 p.m. EST: Yao Ming's ReplacementFinally, Yahoo! Sports also notes that Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash is the favorite to replace Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, who is injured.
Update 6:49 p.m. EST: Western Conference ReservesYahoo! Sports reports the following players have been named to the Western Conference All-Star team as reserves:
- San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan
- Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol
- Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook
- Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin
- San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili
- Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki
- Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams
Update 6:45 p.m. EST: Eastern Conference ReservesYahoo! Sports reports the following players have been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as reservers:
- Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen
- Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce
- Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo
- Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett
- Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh
- Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford
- Atlanta Hawks forward Joe Johnson
Update 6:05 p.m. EST: Kevin GarnettLike Gasol, we found that Garnett has a page built, along with previously leaked Rajon Rondo.
Garnett will make it at least two Celtics reserves, with more on the way most likely. Garnett's been playing at a near MVP level with the impact he has on both sides of the floor. He's been his usual dominant, crazy self on defense, and his inside post moves have returned in addition to his mid-range jumper on the pick and pop. He's arguably the biggest reason the Celts have laid waste to the league this season.
No other prospective reserves have such pages built, as of yet. These definitely don't confirm that they've been selected as All-Stars, but considering the three posted now are locks, they look pretty legit. We'll keep you posted.
Update 6:01 p.m. EST: Pau Gasol
Someone is either running live screen tests or they jumped the gun. Hoopshype discovered that Pau Gasol has a page built for him as an All-Star.
Gasol's a no-brainer, as he's arguably the best player on the Lakers, and that's saying something considering, you know, Kobe Bryant. Either way he's the biggest reason for the Lakers' past two championships outside Bryant, and is widely considered to be the best active big man in the game. Odds are good he might wind up replacing Yao Ming as a starter at center, despite his power forward designation.
Yahoo! Sports reports that Rondo will be named an All-Star Reserve. The word you're looking for is ... "duh." Rondo leads the league in assists per game and Assist Ratio (percentage of possessions ending in an assist). He's the starting point guard for the best team in the Eastern Conference and he does things like this:
Whether the Celtics send three or four , we all agreed, Rondo needs to go. He's the obvious choice.