The 2016 NBA All-Star Reserves have been announced.
Tyronn Lue will be coaching the following players in the Eastern Conference
Paul Millsap – Atlanta Hawks – The Hawks have been good enough for 3rd best in the Eastern Conference (27-20). Millsap is Mr. Consistency for the Hawks. Millsap is averaging just over 18 points per game with 8.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.4 blocks, which are excellent for Millsap’s third All-Star selection.
Chris Bosh – Miami Heat – The defensive anchor for one of the association’s best defensive team. Bosh is averaging 19 points with 7.6 rebounds, along with 2.5 assists in his 12thNBA season. This is Bosh’s 11th consecutive All-Star appearance.
Jimmy Butler – Chicago Bulls – One of the most polarizing players of this season. Butler took over the scoring and leadership roles for a Bulls team that currently sits 4th in the East. Butler is averaging 22.3 points a game with 5.3 rebounds, and 4.2 assists. But who can forget Butler’s 53 point game against the 76ers.This is Butler’s second consecutive All-Star selection.
John Wall – Washington Wizards – Wall earned his third All-Star selection by averaging a career-high 19.9 points per game and leading the Eastern conference in assists with 9.7 assists per game. Wall has 16 double double’s this season.
Isaiah Thomas – Boston Celtics – The Boston Celtics are surprisingly having a solid year, currently sitting 5th in the Eastern Conference (26-21. A large part to the team’s success has to do with Thomas’s break out season. The 5thyear vet is enjoying a career high in points (21.6) and assists (6.6), and it has earned him his first All-Star selection.
Andre Drummond – Detroit Pistons – Andre Drummond earned his first All-Star selection by leading the Detroit Pistons to the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference. The 22 year old is averaging a double double while shooting 51.8% from the field. Drummond leads the association in Rebounds (15.2) and has redefined the center position, establishing his name as one of the top NBA centers.
DeMar DeRozan – Toronto Raptors – Alongside Kyle Lowry, DeRozan and Lowry have lead the Raptors to the second seed in the Eastern Conference (30-15) and currently sit only 2.5 games behind the Cavaliers for the first seed. DeRozan is perhaps the most improved NBA All-Star reserve, DeRozan is having his best season of his seven-year career. DeRozan is averaging a career best 23 points per game with 4.5 rebounds per game.
Gregg Popovich will be coaching the following players in the Western Conference:
Draymond Green – Golden State Warriors – Green will make his first All-Star appearance in 2016, and it’s very well deserved. The Warriors’ heart and soul is averaging 14.5 points, 9.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.3 blocks in 34 minutes a night as the team’s starting power forward.
Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans – Despite having a subpar season (by his standards), Davis is still one of the most dominant big men in the NBA. Davis is averaging just under 23 points per game, 10 rebounds, while shooting 50% from the floor. That’s good enough for his third consecutive All-Star Selection.
Chris Paul – Los Angeles Clippers – Paul took over the scoring for the Clippers once Griffin went down, and if we’re being honest, the Clippers would be lost without Paul. Paul is nearly averaging a double double on the year with 18.6 points per game, 9.6 assists and 4 rebounds. Paul has led the Clippers to the 4th seed in the Western Conference (30-16). This is Paul’s 9th NBA All-Star Selection.
DeMarcus Cousins – Sacramento Kings – Thankfully the Boogyman is no longer mad about being snubbed and not getting the fans All-Star votes. Boogy has been on an absolute tear this season, single handedly carrying the Kings to playoff contention. Cousins earned his second strait All-Star selection by averaging 27 points and 11 rebounds a game.
Klay Thompson – Golden State Warriors – Part 2 of 2 of the Splash Brothers. Thompson is averaging 21 points a game and is second in the Association behind reigning MVP teammate Steph Curry with 140 three-pointers made this season. This is Thompson’s second consecutive All-Star Selection.
James Harden – Houston Rockets – Despite having a up and down season and losing their head coach midseason, Harden managed to keep the Rockets in playoff contention and they sit 7th in the Western Conference (25-23). Harden is averaging 27.5 points and 6.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists per game, good enough to be the only non-point guard to rank in the top 10 in those categories.
LaMarcus Aldridge – San Antonio Spurs – With the Spurs being the second best team in the league, they couldn’t possibly send only one All-Star, right [Leonard]. This seems like a favoritism pick as Aldridge is having one of his worst seasons of his career with the spurs. Aldridge is averaging 16 points, 9 rebounds, while shooting 48 % from the field good enough for his 5th All-Star selection.