Time to Start Arguing: The Full All-Star Game Rosters Are Here

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game reserves have been announced.

Bill Streicher
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It’s an annual tradition: first, the NBA All-Star Game starters are announced, and basketball fans get upset about one player getting snubbed. (Hello, Russell Westbrook.) Then, just when things have settled down, the reserves are announced, and everyone gets angry all over again.

Commence arguing. The 2017 reserves are here. The full lineups (italics indicates starter):


Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers

DeMar DeRozan, Raptors

LeBron James, Cavaliers

Jimmy Butler, Bulls

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Kyle Lowry, Raptors

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics

Kevin Love, Cavaliers

Paul George, Pacers

Paul Millsap, Hawks

Kemba Walker, Hornets

John Wall, Wizards


James Harden, Rockets

Steph Curry, Warriors

Kevin Durant, Warriors

Kawhi Leonard, Spurs

Anthony Davis, Pelicans

Russell Westbrook, Thunder

Gordon Hayward, Jazz

Marc Gasol, Grizzlies

Draymond Green, Warriors

DeAndre Jordan, Clippers

DeMarcus Cousins, Kings

Klay Thompson, Warriors

As everyone expected, Russell Westbrook and Kyle Lowry—whom many basketball fans thought would be starters—were named reserves.

Two more Warriors, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, made the West squad, meaning 4/5 of Golden State’s starting lineup will attend the All-Star Game.

What people are going to be more interested in, however, is who didn’t make the squads. Joel Embiid and Chris Paul are the biggest names left off. Some expected Jazz center Rudy Gobert would make his first All-Star Game. Instead, DeAndre Jordan got the call. It’s also a bit surprising that Karl-Anthony Towns didn’t make it for the West. Damian Lillard was snubbed for the third year in a row (he made the game as an injury replacement in 2015).

Jordan, Kemba Walker, Gordon Hayward, and Paul Millsap were perhaps the most surprising selections.

Naturally, everyone is going to have a different opinion. What’s most important is that Russell Westbrook is going to come off the bench angry and try to score 100 in the All-Star Game.

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