NBA All-Star reserves include Donovan Mitchell, Jalen Brunson but no Kings or Trae Young



For as deserving as the 14 players chosen to be NBA All-Star reserves this year are, snubs like Trae Young, Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox are as noteworthy.

Bench players for the 73rd All-Star Game, set for Feb. 18 in Indianapolis, were announced Thursday on TNT. For the Eastern Conference, Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics) and Donovan Mitchell (Cleveland Cavaliers); Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Julius Randle (New York Knicks) and Paolo Banchero (Orlando Magic); and Jalen Brunson (Knicks) and Tyrese Maxey (Philadelphia 76ers) were selected.

For the Western Conference, Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns) and Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves); Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers), Paul George (Clippers) and Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers); and Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves) were selected.

All-Star reserves, selected by the NBA’s 30 coaches, include two guards, three frontcourt players and two players from any position, per conference.

Last week, the NBA announced the starters, as selected by a combination vote of fans, media and the players.

Starting for the East: Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers) and Damian Lillard (Milwaukee Bucks); Jayson Tatum (Celtics), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) and, for now, Joel Embiid (76ers). Embiid suffered a left meniscus injury Tuesday night, the 76ers said on Thursday, and “will be out through the weekend while a treatment plan is finalized.”

Starting for the West: Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder); LeBron James (Lakers), Kevin Durant (Suns) and Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets).

Coaches for the game will be determined by team records through play Sunday. The Celtics hold a commanding lead in the East, but their coach, Joe Mazzulla, cannot coach in Indianapolis because he coached the East in last year’s All-Star Game. The coach for the second-place team will get the nod. Entering Thursday’s games, Doc Rivers’ Bucks held a one-game lead in the standings over Tom Thiboeau’s Knicks.

If Embiid or any other All-Star can’t play because of injury, his replacement will be selected by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

This year’s game reverts back to the old format — last seen for the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans — of players playing for the East and West conferences, instead of being picked, playground style, by the top vote-getter from each conference.

The game will consist of four 12-minute quarters, like a regular game, instead of the “Elam” scoring model of a target score for each team in an untimed fourth quarter to determine the winner, which had been in place since the 2020 game in Chicago.

This story will be updated.

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