2016 NBA All-Star Game: Cousins, Butler, Green headline reserves
The NBA announced the 2016 All-Star Game reserves on Thursday.
The full rosters for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game are official. The starters were announced on Jan. 21, and the reserves, which were selected by coaches, were revealed live Thursday on TNT. Sure, there are some differences from our choices but it is hard to argue with the official rosters.
Just a reminder, here are the starters:
East: Kyle Lowry , Dwyane Wade , LeBron James , Paul George , Carmelo Anthony
And here are the reserves:
Jimmy Butler , Chicago Bulls
This will be Butler's second All-Star appearance, and while he should probably be starting, he is on the roster, which is what really counts. One of the better two-way players in the league, Butler has been instrumental to Chicago's success this season. One of five players to score 50 or more points this season, Butler is averaging 22.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.7 steals.
John Wall , Washington Wizards
The Wizards are 11th in the East and are out of the playoff picture, but just imagine where they would be without Wall. Averaging 19.6 points and 9.8 assists, Wall is doing it all for the Wizards. Wall is a strong defender, averaging 2.1 steals, and has been the second-best point guard (behind Lowry) in the East all season. This will be Wall's third All-Star appearance.
Paul Millsap , Atlanta Hawks
Perhaps the most underrated star in the league, Millsap has been "the guy" for the Hawks this season. Now a three-time All-Star, Millsap is a versatile player that can bang down low in the post and stretch defenses with his 3-point shooting. He leads Atlanta in minutes (32.7), points (18.3), rebounds (8.9) and steals (1.9).
Andre Drummond , Detroit Pistons
An absolute beast on the boards, Drummond is having the best season his career and is rewarded with his first-ever All-Star appearance. Drummond is averaging a double-double with 17.3 points and a league-leading 15.3 rebounds. With so few standout centers in the East, Drummond is the best at the position and has Detroit poised to make it into the playoffs.
DeMar DeRozan , Toronto Raptors
DeRozan didn't get selected because the All-Star Game is in Toronto. He got selected because he's having a career year and, along with Lowry, has the Raptors second in the East. A dynamic scorer, DeRozan is in the top 10 in scoring and third in free-throw attempts. DeRozan is averaging 23.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists. This will be DeRozan's second All-Star appearance.
Isaiah Thomas , Boston Celtics
Boston is fifth in the East and has one of the best defenses in the league. They are legit and Isaiah Thomas has been their star all season. Averaging 21.6 points and 6.6 assists, Thomas is Boston's No. 1 offensive option and this will mark his first ever All-Star appearance.
Chris Bosh , Miami Heat
What a year it has been for Bosh. After having life-threatening blood clots that ended his season early last year, Bosh is not only healthy, but he just continues to play at a high level. Bosh is Miami's leading scorer and is crucial to its defensive effort. This will be Bosh's 11th consecutive All-Star appearance. He's averaging 19.2 points and 7.6 rebounds for the seventh-place Heat.
Chris Paul , Los Angeles Clippers
Even though Blake Griffin has missed a good chunk of the season with a quad injury and now a hand injury, the Clippers have been rolling thanks in large part because of Paul. In the top 10 in assists and steals, Paul has the Clippers near the top of the West after a slow start to the season. He's averaging 18.6 points, 9.6 assists and 2.1 steals. This will be Paul's ninth consecutive All-Star appearance.
James Harden , Houston Rockets
Sure the Rockets have taken a big step back this season but James Harden is still James Harden. And like Wall with the Wizards, just imagine how bad the Rockets would be without him. This will be Harden's fourth All-Star appearance and he is averaging 27.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.4 steals.
Draymond Green , Golden State Warriors
This is the biggest no-brainer on the reserves. Green has been one of the best players in the league all season and should be a starter in the game. While Curry is Golden State's No. 1 offensive option, Green does literally everything else for the Warriors. He is averaging 14.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists. This will be Green's first All-Star appearance.
DeMarcus Cousins , Sacramento Kings
Cousins has been a beast as of late and even scored an NBA season-high 56 points against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. Because of Cousins, the Kings are hovering around the eighth seed and having their best season in a long time. Cousins may be the best center in the NBA and is heading to his second successive All-Star appearance. The Kings' big man is averaging a double-double with 28.9 points and 11.9 rebounds.
Anthony Davis , New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans are near the bottom of the West but Davis is still playing like one of the best big men in the league. He is second in blocks (averaging 2.4) and is averaging a double-double with 22.9 points 10.2 rebounds. This will be Davis' third straight All-Star appearance.
Klay Thompson , Golden State Warriors
With the Warriors having the best record in the league, it is only fitting that they also have three All-Stars. Thompson definitely deserves to be selected though. He is one of the better two-way players in the league and is considered among one of the best two guards in the NBA. This will be Thompson's second All-Star apperance. He is shooting 42 percent from three and is averaging 20.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
LaMarcus Aldridge , San Antonio Spurs
Aldridge's selection is the one that is raising a few eyebrows. The Spurs big man is no longer the No. 1 option that he was for the Blazers, but he is still an important part of San Antonio's system. And let's not forget that the Spurs have the second-best record in the league. Aldridge's numbers are down because of his new role as he is averaging 15.9 points and 8.8 rebounds. He has had a few monster games, though, like against the Houston Rockets on Monday. This will be Aldridge's fifth consecutive All-Star appearance.
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