NBA All-Star Reserves Announced, Anthony Davis Snubbed
The NBA announced the reserves for the All-Star game in New Orleans on February 16th, and Pelicans forward Anthony Davis' name is not included.
Davis, the NBA leader in blocked shots, is averaging 20.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks per game. He currently owns the 5th best player efficiency rating in the league at 26.1.
According to basketball-reference.com, Davis is the only player in NBA history to average 20 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, and only 2 turnovers per game.
Despite not being selected by the NBA coaches as a reserve, Davis could still be an injury replacement for Kobe Bryant or possibly Chris Paul. Bryant is nursing an injury and likely won't play. Paul has missed the last 3 weeks with a separated shoulder, but has expressed that he hopes to play in the All-Star game.
If two spots are up for grabs, it certainly improves Davis' chances of being selected. Injury replacements are selected by the NBA commissioner.
The 7 NBA reserves in the Western Conference include the following: Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Jams Harden and Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets.
The 7 All-Star reserves in the Eastern Conference include Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, John Wall of the Washington Wizards, Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets, Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers, Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, and Louisiana native Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks.
The starters were announced last week, and were voted on by the fans. In the East, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat will be joined by Indiana Pacers' forward Paul George, the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving.
The West starters include Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kobe Bryant (injured, likely to be replaced), Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Blake Griffin of the Clippers.
Davis finished seventh in the front-court voting amongst fans.