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