If you’re unfamiliar with the current way the NBA All-star teams are decided, here’s a rundown:
-The two teams are organized by Conference
-Each Conference gets 12 roster spots
-The 5 starting players on each team are decided by fan vote.
-Fans vote in 3 “forwards” and 2″guards” for each starting team.
-The 7 reserve players on each team are decided by NBA coaches.
So, first things first, the 2016 fan-voted NBA All-star starters are:
Guards: Stephen Curry (GSW) and Russell Westbrook (OKC)
Forwards: Kobe Bryant (LAL), Kevin Durant (OKC), and Kawhi Leonard (SAS)
Guards: Kyle Lowry (TOR) and Dwyane Wade (MIA)
Forwards: LeBron James (CLE), Paul George (IND), and Carmelo Anthony (NYK)
I won’t get into who “deserves” to be an All-Star. I get that it’s a fan vote. These rosters are weird and for as many teams seem to be moving into “position-less” basketball, these rosters are just kind of bizarre. Kobe as a “forward” makes little sense. But, to be fair, Kerr started 3 guards last year with Klay Thompson, James Harden, and Stephen Curry in the game last year.
But, enough about the starters. Here are:
The Bonus Beat’s picks for
2016 NBA All-Star Reserves