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2013 NBA All-Star reserves announced

Jan 24, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

East All-Star Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat (L)  battles West All-Star Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder

The 2013 NBA All-Star reserves were announced Thursday, and while there will always be a few players who fans will argue should have made it, it’s tough to disagree with the ones the coaches selected.

In the Western Conference, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden were the guards selected, and big men Tim Duncan, Zach Randolph, LaMarcus Aldridge, and David Lee were the ones seen as most deserving.

For Duncan, this marked his 14th career All-Star selection. Randolph, Aldridge, and Lee each made it for the second time in their respective careers.

Notable names absent are Stephen Curry, Marc Gasol, Jamal Crawford, and Serge Ibaka, with Curry having the best case of those left off the list.

In the Eastern Conference, Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Jrue Holiday, Tyson Chandler, and Joakim Noah all will be making their first career All-Star appearance. Chris Bosh and Luol Deng round out the roster.

The players who were in the conversation in the East but who were ultimately left out include Brook Lopez, Paul Pierce, Carlos Boozer, Brandon Jennings, and J.R. Smith.

The starters for both conferences were announced last week, and were determined by votes from the fans.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo will start for the East, while Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Kevin Durant will start for the West.

The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 17.

  1. digitalpoo - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Stephan Curry is a big snub.

    • borderline1988 - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Which guard would you trade him in for?

      • Justyn Polk - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        I know he’s deserving of another All-Star appearance but I’d get rid of LaMarcus Aldridge & let the West be very guard heavy

  2. phillyreese215 - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    man, deron williams really dropped off the planet.

    • sportsnut101 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      deron who

  3. ksyeszir - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Boozer might actually be the most deserving from the bulls but I wouldn’t trade Noah or deng to have him in. Glad we got 2 all stars even without rose playing

  4. dirtydrew - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Steph Curry is a big snub, true, but the Dubs have not had an all star in 20 years. Go Warriors.

  5. michaeljordanseviltwin - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Finally, defense is recognized! Deng, Paul George make it while J.R. Smith & Curry are left off. It’s defense people.. matters just as much as offense.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      JR plays defense, Mr. Auerbach.

    • lavoysboy - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      I completely agree with that! Defense is overlooked by many basketball fans at the NBA level. I am glad this year that ALMOST everyone selected for the all-star game plays at least good defense, but many players on the list play outstanding defense. This is odd because normally you can not say that about Carmelo Anthony, who has played some really good defense this year (getting switched to the 4 and having Mike Woodson as his coach really helped).

  6. goraidersgospurs - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2013 – The San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan and the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh headline the list of 14 players that have been selected by the coaches as reserves for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, the NBA announced today. Duncan earns his 14th selection, trailing only the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (15) and the Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett (15) among active players, while Bosh secures his eighth trip to the All-Star Game in 10 NBA seasons.

    • goraidersgospurs - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      ok i see you update your post (brett) & add Duncan, now my last comment is pointless Oh Well.

  7. hannsta - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Very nice, they recognized all the power forwards that have been spectacular in the West. No Curry which is tragic, but I just cant see him as better than any of the ones that were named so it makes sense.

  8. millerhour - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Boozer has been killing it the last several weeks, wish he could have made it. Oh well, chi-city gets two all stars with their best player injured

    • gmsingh - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      Unfortunately for Boozer he falls squarely into the “too little too late” category. I would like to see him play at this level until next year, and then he should qualify to be an All Star starter.

  9. him247 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    What about ibaka… most improved player this year

    • patrick800series - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      I think Jrue Holliday is most imroved! cant argue with his numbers, nd he is a #1 option compared to Ibaka who is 3rd or 4th option on his team. prob 4th

  10. wwttww - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Josh smith still can’t get in even w/out Joe…he’s not deserving, but man this was his fat chance.

  11. tannethrill - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Ummm…Melo and KG, that’ll be interesting

    • eventhorizon04 - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      Melo and KG hate each other.
      Rondo and Wade hate each other.

      LeBron is stuck in the middle, lol.

  12. sportsnut101 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    noah shouldnt be in but its the east

  13. ph53knowsall - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Yeah, because there was so much trouble between the 2 last night……

    Ugh, it was a heat of the moment thong a few weeks ago, what don’t you guys get about that?!

  14. dexterismyhero - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    David West should have been mentioned here. He has played extremly well down the stretch in games for the Pacers.

  15. papacrick - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Greg Monroe got hosed here. How can you justify putting loser Boston players on the team when nobody has been checking for them since 08′. They don’t even have a winning record and surely won’t make the playoffs. Plenty of better players on other losing teams.

  16. shaner329 - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Jrue Holiday!! Also happy to see Paul George in there as well, dude is a straight up animal

    • patrick800series - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      yes, well deserved to Jrue Holliday

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