The 2017 NBA All-Star teams were announced during TNT’s NBA coverage tonight.
For the East: Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers), DeMar DeRozan (Raptors), LeBron James (Cavaliers), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), and Jimmy Butler (Bulls).
For the West: James Harden (Rockets), Stephen Curry (Warriors), Kevin Durant (Warriors), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), and Anthony Davis (Pelicans).
Noticeably, two Warriors players made the Western Conference’s starting lineup. Many expected them to get two, but thought Draymond Green and Durant would be the two—they were shocked Stephen Curry got the nod ahead of Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, who is currently Vegas’ second-favorite MVP pick.
Washington Post writer Tim Bontempts broke the news of Curry getting the starting nod and, even before it was official, the sports world—fans and athletes alike—were baffled.
Westbrook has been named MVP of the past two All-Star games.
He is currently averaging 30.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 10.4 assists per game. He also has the NBA’s best player efficiency rating, 29.56.
This isn’t a “fans only” vote; the voting distribution was revised this year. The fan vote accounted for 50 percent of the vote, while players and the media each got a 25 percent share.
Westbrook wasn’t the only noticeable snub from the starting lineups. Among the others: Kyle Lowry (Raptors), John Wall (Wizards), Isaiah Thomas (Celtics), Chris Paul (Clippers), and Green (Warriors).
The reserves, who are chosen by the coaches, will be announced next Thursday.