According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, reservations for the 2021 NBA All-Star game on March 7 have been revealed.
Sources: 2021 NBA All-Star Reserves:
West: Chris Paul, Paul George, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis
East: James Harden, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, Ben Simmons, Nikola Vucevic
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2021
In the Western Conference, guards Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell and Chris Paul were selected. All three play for teams in the top five seeds in the current Western standings and have led their teams to successful years. Frontcourt players Paul George, Rudy Gobert and Anthony Davis are also in the top three seeds in the West and have been exceptional. The only two players to be voted on from the outside looking towards the West’s playoff image were Luka Doncić (voted starter) and Zion Williamson, who has been incredibly productive in his own right on a decent roster for the New Orleans Pelicans.
In the Eastern Conference, guards James Harden, Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine and Ben Simmons were credited with reserve spots. Harden is a mainstay, while all three of Brown, LaVine and Simmons are young players who are entering the prime of their careers and have posted incredible numbers for the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers respectively. The players from the front zone who voted were Jayson Tatum, Julius Randle and Nikola Vucevic. Tatum is becoming a mainstay in the All-Star image on a Celtics team struggling with him and Brown, while Randle and Vucevic have been excellent in middle squads thus far.
As far as the Nuggets go, Nikola Jokić has already been voted as the starter. The only player with a justified case for the All-Star Game after an incredible streak recently was Jamal Murray; however, those games may have been too late for voters to properly gauge the impact Murray has had on the Nuggets this season. The Nuggets guard (who just turned 24 today) is averaging 20.9 points, 4.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 47.7% from the field and 38.3% from three-point range. If the Nuggets had won more games, there might be a better case for Murray’s inclusion.
What do you think Nuggets fans? Did the coaches do well?
Were the correct players chosen as reserves for the NBA All-Star Game 2021?
Everything was perfect
Jamal Murray was snubbed
There was another player excluded who should have done it
These reserve picks are horrible!
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