The 2014 All-Star Game rosters were unveiled Thursday night, featuring some first-timers, old-timers and even some surprises. However, their is no surprise on which conference has the upper hand as the West features a star-studded lineup, while the East brings young talent to the court.
Revealed in a special edition of NBA Tip-Off on TNT, the crew of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal announced and analyzed the selections just a week after the 10 starters were made public.
Unlike the starting lineups, which are determined by fan vote, reserves are selected through votes from head coaches in each respective conference (coaches cannot vote for their own players).
In the East, Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony will have to carry the team, with a few first-timers that include DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks and John Wall of the Washington Wizards.
|BC||Dwyane Wade||18.7 PPG, 4.7 APG, 4.7 RPG, 21.4 PER, .578 TS%|
|BC||Kyrie Irving||21.5 PPG, 6.2 APG, 3.0 RPG, 20.28 PER, .524 TS%|
|FC||LeBron James||26.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 6.4 APG, 28.8 PER, .661 TS%|
|FC||Paul George||23.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.5 APG, 22.10 PER, .580 TS%|
|FC||Carmelo Anthony||27.1 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 3.1 APG, 24.96 PER, .553 TS%|
|BC||John Wall||19.8 PPG, 8.5 APG, 4.4 RPG, 19.91 PER, .521 TS%|
|BC||DeMar DeRozan||21.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.6 APG, 17.99 PER, .517 TS%|
|BC||Joe Johnson||15.7 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 14.98 PER, .553 TS%|
|FC||Chris Bosh||16.9 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.1 BPG, 20.55 PER, .612 TS%|
|FC||Roy Hibbert||11.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.5 BPG, 16.52 PER, .521 TS%|
|FC||Joakim Noah||11.7 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 1.4 BPG, 19.09 PER, .518 TS%|
|FC||Paul Millsap||17.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.2 BPG, 20.39 PER, .550 TS%|
With the Eastern Conference being down this year with only five teams above .500, pickings were slim. Combine that with the Injuries to stars like Derrick Rose, Brook Lopez and Al Horford it just made the selections even harder.
The West is loaded from the starting five all the way to the end of the bench. Even without Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul on the roster but not playing due to injuries, the deep roster featuring sharp-shooters Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, while Dwight Howard, Kevin Love and LeMarcus Aldridge will control the paint.
The 2013 Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard lands his first selection, and James Harden is included in festivities despite his lackadaisical defense becoming the brunt of jokes.
|BC||Stephen Curry||24.1 PPG, 9.2 APG, 4.5 RPG, 22.87 PER, .534 TS%|
|BC||Kobe Bryant||13.8 PPG, 6.3 APG, 4.3 RPG, 11.3 PER .505 TS%|
|FC||Kevin Durant||31.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 5.2 APG, 31.17 PER, .645 TS%|
|FC||Blake Griffin||22.9 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 3.5 APG, 22.97 PER, .585 TS%|
|FC||Kevin Love||25.0 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 4.1 APG, 26.89 PER, .583 TS%|
|BC||Chris Paul||19.6 PPG, 11.2 APG, 4.6 RPG, 27.47 PER, .578 TS%|
|BC||Damian Lillard||20.6 PPG, 5.6 APG, 3.5 RPG, 18.87 PER, .571 TS%|
|BC||Tony Parker||18.1 PPG, 6.2 APG, 2.4 RPG, 20.12 PER, .571 TS%|
|BC||James Harden||23.7 PPG, 5.5 APG, 4.9 RPG, 21.12 PER, .593 TS%|
|FC||LaMarcus Aldridge||24.3 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, 23.30 PER, .518 TS%|
|FC||Dirk Nowitzki||21.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 23.9 PER, .589 TS%|
|FC||Dwight Howard||18.1 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 21.12 PER, .581 TS%|