Last week, the NBA revealed the starters for the upcoming 2024 NBA All-Star Game, a result of combined votes from fans, players, and media. On Thursday evening, the league completed the lineup with the announcement of the reserves, handpicked by head coaches.
This year, the All-Star Game reverts to its classic format of Eastern Conference versus Western Conference, bidding farewell to the captain’s picks. Let’s take a closer look at the players selected as reserves from each conference.
In the Eastern Conference, the spotlight shines on several first-time All-Stars, notably Jalen Brunson, the dynamic point guard for the New York Knicks, who has played a pivotal role in propelling his team to the third seed. Unfortunately, Brunson’s teammate Julius Randle, also selected as a reserve, may miss out due to a recent shoulder injury.
Joining them are Tyrese Maxey of the Philadelphia 76ers, a standout candidate for the Most Improved Player award, and Paolo Banchero from the Orlando Magic, last season’s Rookie of the Year.
On the flip side, the Western Conference reserves feature a seasoned lineup comprising veterans such as Steph Curry, Anthony Davis, and Kawhi Leonard, all of whom hold esteemed positions in the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team.
Notable inclusions from the West are the Minnesota Timberwolves’ dynamic duo, Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns, instrumental in their team’s ascent to the top of the Western Conference standings, marking a significant resurgence for the franchise.
The stage is set for the NBA All-Star Weekend, scheduled for Feb. 16-18 in Indianapolis, marking the event’s return to the city after nearly four decades. The weekend promises an array of exciting events, commencing with the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday and culminating in the highly anticipated All-Star Game on Sunday.
In a departure from recent years, the league opts for a return to traditional game rules, foregoing the Elam Ending, and opting for four 12-minute quarters for the All-Star Game.
As anticipation builds among fans, the resurgence of the East vs. West rivalry promises a weekend filled with basketball brilliance and nostalgia.