An­thony Davis picked as an All-star re­serve; four first-timers make it

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NEW Or­leans has an All-star for the sixth straight year.

That is, un­less he gets traded first.

Pel­i­cans stand­out An­thony Davis — only three days re­moved from hav­ing his trade re­quest made known pub­licly — was one of the 14 play­ers an­nounced Thurs­day as re­serves for the All­star Game in Char­lotte. Davis wants to be swapped out of New Or­leans by the Feb. 7 trade dead­line, so it re­mains un­clear if his uni­form for the All-star con­test on Feb. 17 will bear a Pel­i­cans logo or not.

It’s the sixth con­sec­u­tive All-star nod for Davis. The Pel­i­cans aren’t sure if he’ll play for them again, though there’s also no guar­an­tee that he gets traded by next week either.

“That’s some­thing that will ob­vi­ously have to be dis­cussed about what’s best for him and what’s best for our team,” Pel­i­cans coach Alvin Gen­try said.

The other Western Con­fer­ence re­serves were Ok­la­homa City’s Rus­sell West­brook, Denver’s Nikola Jo­kic, Port­land’s Damian Lil­lard, Golden State’s Klay Thomp­son, San An­to­nio’s La­mar­cus Aldridge and Min­nesota’s Karl-an­thony Towns. Jo­kic said he wasn’t sur­prised, though some of the peo­ple clos­est to him, he said, were ap­par­ently caught a bit off-guard.

In­di­ana’s Vic­tor Oladipo was se­lected as one of the Eastern Con­fer­ence re­serves, even though his sea­son is over be­cause of in­jury. The other re­serves from the East were Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Mil­wau­kee’s Khris Mid­dle­ton, Philadel­phia’s Ben Sim­mons, Wash­ing­ton’s Bradley Beal, Detroit’s Blake Grif­fin and Or­lando’s Nikola Vuce­vic — the first Magic player to make the game since Dwight Howard in 2012.

Jo­kic, Mid­dle­ton, Sim­mons and Vuce­vic are the

Fans, me­dia and play­ers col­lab­o­rated on the vot­ing for the starters. The re­serves were picked by NBA coaches.

Dal­las rookie Luka Don­cic didn’t make the cut, get­ting de­nied in his bid to be the first rookie since Grif­fin in 2011 to be picked for the game. Only seven rook­ies in the last 30 years have been All­stars — Grif­fin, Yao Ming, Tim Dun­can, Grant Hill, Shaquille O’neal, Dikembe Mu­tombo and David Robin­son.

Utah’s Dono­van Mitchell and Rudy Gobert both fell short, as did the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers’ To­bias Har­ris. Phoenix’s Devin Har­ris also wasn’t picked, de­spite en­ter­ing Thurs­day 11th in the NBA in scor­ing and 10th in as­sists. Re­bound­ing leader An­dre Drum­mond of Detroit also didn’t make the game./ap first-time All­stars.

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