After announcing the fan-voted NBA All-Star starters on Jan. 17, the league officially released the showcase game’s coach-voted reserves in a special edition of “Inside the NBA” on Thursday.
The reserves are highlighted by several familiar faces and some fresh new looks. The San Antonio Spurs’ ageless superstar duo of Tony Parker (fifth game) and Tim Duncan (14th) headline a loaded Western bench.
On the Eastern side, Chicago Bulls’ high-energy big man Joakim Noah has earned a spot for the very first time. Indianapolis’ Paul George, Philadelphia’s Jrue Holliday and Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving are all also All-Stars for the very first time.
Every year there are snubs, and the 2013 edition of the game is no different. Los Angeles Clippers super-sub Jamal Crawford, in his 13th season in the league, was searching for his first All-Star game berth. However, he will have to wait another year at least.
The Western Conference reserves are: Tim Duncan and Tony Parker (from San Antonio); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City), James Harden (Houston), Zach Randolph (Memphis), LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland) and David Lee (Golden State).
Eastern Conference team is comprised of: Chris Bosh (Miami), Tyson Chandler (New York), Joakim Noah (Chicago), Paul George (Indiana), Luol Deng (Chicago), Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia) and Kyrie Irving (Cleveland).