The San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan and the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh are among the 14 players selected as reserves for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. Duncan earned his 14th selection, trailing only the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (15) and the Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett (15) among active players, while Bosh garnered his eighth trip.
Five first-time All-Star reserves will join Bosh: Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), and Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls). In addition, second-time All-Star Luol Deng of Chicago also made the team.
Joining Duncan as West reserves are LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), James Harden (Houston Rockets), David Lee (Golden State Warriors), Tony Parker (Spurs), Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies), and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder). It’s the first selection for Harden.
The 14 reserves selected were chosen by the 30 NBA head coaches, who were asked to vote for seven players in their respective conferences – two guards, three frontcourt players, and two players regardless of position. They were not permitted to vote for players from their own team.
The Eastern Conference's starters will be Rajon Rondo (Celtics), Dwyane Wade (Heat), LeBron James (Heat), Carmelo Anthony (Knicks), and Garnett (Celtics).
The Western Conference's starters will be Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), Bryant (Lakers), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Blake Griffin (Clippers), and Dwight Howard (Lakers).
The East and West All-Star coaches and coaching staffs will be determined by the best record in the conference through games played Sunday, February 3. Because the Bulls’ Tom Thibodeau and the Thunder’s Scott Brooks coached in the game last season, they are ineligible for the honor this year.
The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, February 17, 2013.
By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services