The NBA All-Star Game 2014 reserves have been officially named for the Eastern and Western Conference teams in this year's matchup. Among those who the All-Star game coaches voted in as reserves are last year's All-Star Game MVP, currently-injured guard Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, and center Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets. The Eastern Conference also features a few first-timers on the squad, as fans and analysts begin to discuss potential snubs ahead of the game.
According to a Jan. 30 report via CBS Sports, the Eastern Conference team added a backcourt consisting of Washington Wizards guard John Wall and Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, both of whom are making their first-ever All-Star Game appearances. Joining them on the team for the frontcourt are Roy Hibbert of the Pacers, Chris Bosh of the Heat and Paul Millsap of the Hawks. The two "wildcard" reserves are Joe Johnson of the Nets and Joakim Noah of the Bulls. Starting for the East will be Kyrie Irving (Cavs), Dwyane Wade (Heat), Paul George (Pacers), LeBron James (Heat) and Carmelo Anthony (Knicks). Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel has the team with the best record in the East, giving him the appointment as Eastern Conference All-Star coach this year.
For the Western Conference, Paul is joined by Houston Rockets guard James Harden for the backcourt. Howard is joined in the frontcourt by LaMarcus Aldridge of the Trailblazers and Dirk Nowitski of the Mavericks. Guards Damian Lillard (Trailblazers) and Tony Parker (Spurs) are the two "wildcard" reserves out West. Of note, Damian Lillard is the only player of the reserves making his first-ever appearance in the All-Star game on the West, although starter Stephen Curry is also a first-time All-Star.
These players join the already announced starting lineup consisting of Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Stephen Curry (Warriors), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Kevin Durant (Thunder) and Kevin Love (Timberwolves). Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks is coaching the team with the best record in the West at the halfway point, so he will serve as the Western Conference All-Star coach.
The 2014 NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. 16 in New Orleans at the New Orleans Arena, home of the Pelicans. Ironically, there are some already contending that Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis may be one of the biggest snubs this year, being left off the Western Conference reserves. NBA fans, what do you think of the reserves lineup for the 2014 game?