Predicting The Eastern Conference All-Star Reserves

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The 2014 NBA All-Star reserves, voted on by coaches around the league, will be announced next Thursday, Jan. 30

We learned the starters for the Eastern Conference All-Stars will be Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, and LeBron James.

The East talent is mediocre, at best. Selecting all-star caliber players from this pool was brutal, but you could've predicted that just by looking at the standings. 

That said, they still get two backcourt players, three front court players, and two wild cards.

Backcourt: 

John Wall- John Wall is having a monster year for the Washington Wizards, averaging 20 points, 8.5 assist, and about 2 steals per game. He is a sure fire bet to be a reserve on the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

DeMar DeRozan- DeMar DeRozan is scoring at a rapid pace this year, almost 6 points above his career average. He's putting up 22 a game, and although it's because he's one of Toronto's only options, he's still earned the right to be named to the Eastern Conference All-Star roster.

Frontcourt:

Roy Hibbert- Though defense is rarely appreciated in an All-Star game, Roy Hibbert brings just that. The defensive anchor of the best team in the league deserves the right to play in the 2014 All-Star game. He should be a double double guy, but averaging 12 points, 8 bounds, and 2.6 blocks per game is good enough to make the squad in the East.

Paul Millsap- Despite losing Al Horford, the Atlanta Hawks are three games over .500. Credit: Paul Millsap. The solid, two-way player, is averaging 17.7 points, 8.3 bounds, and 1.2 blocks per game.

Al Jefferson- Al Jefferson is averaging a double double and that's reason to believe he won't be left off the All-Star line up. His 18.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game stand out in the East Conference, and should be enough to earn him a spot over guys like Chris Bosh.

Wild Card:

Michael Carter-Williams- Yes, the rookie gets the nod. MCW has been filling up the stat sheet, averaging 17.5 points, 6.7 assist, and 6 rebounds. The only other players in league history to put up those numbers in their rookie year were Oscar Roberston and Magic Johnson. The East is brutal, MCW is playing like an All-Star, rookie or not; he gets my vote (that I don't have).

Arron Afflalo- The Magic are an awful team, but this is more about individual performance than the performance of a player's team. Afflalo is scoring 20+ points per game and I think this is the year he gets his first All-Star appearance.

Snubs:

Lance Stephenson- In a depleted Eastern Conference, Lance's All-Star campaign video was almost enough to earn him a spot outright. He's having a terrific season with 13.7 points, 5 assists, and 7 rebounds per game, but ultimately I think he gets left out.

Andre Drummond- Drummond is averaging 12 & 12, and is really starting to show signs that he can be the guy in Detroit. That said, he doesn't make the cut this time around.

Chris Bosh- Bosh is putting up 16.7 points per game and snagging 6.7 rebounds, which could be enough for him to sneak onto the roster. Considering he's been a perennial all-star, I won't be shocked if he finds a spot on this years team, which isn't very deep.

The 2014 NBA All-Star reserves, voted on by coaches around the league, will be announced next Thursday, Jan. 30

We learned the starters for the Eastern Conference All-Stars will be Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, and LeBron James.

The East talent is mediocre, at best. Selecting all-star caliber players from this pool was brutal, but you could've predicted that just by looking at the standings. 

That said, they still get two backcourt players, three front court players, and two wild cards.

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