CP3 and Booker lead the ASG reserves

Chris-Paul Y Devin Booker, the starting backcourt for the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns, spearheaded the league’s announcement of 14 reserves for the All-Star Game in Cleveland later this month.

Paul, who is averaging 14.9 points and 10.4 assists, is making his 12th All-Star appearance, while Booker, who is averaging 25.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists, makes his third All-Star team.

They were two of seven Western Conference selections, as they were joined by: Luka Doncić, who is making his third straight All-Star appearance after averaging 26 points, 8.8 rebounds, 8.9 assists for the Dallas Mavericks; Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who is averaging 16 points, 15.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game, and his teammate Donovan Mitchell, who is averaging 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5.2 assists, both in his third consecutive All-Star appearance; by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Karl-Anthony Towns, who is averaging 24.4 points and 9.5 rebounds and is another player making his third All-Star appearance and forward for the Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green, who averages 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game and is one of the top defensive players in the league.

In the Eastern Conference, the selections were led by a pair of newcomers to the event: Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard, darius garland, who is averaging 19.8 points and 8.2 assists and is Cleveland’s first All-Star since Lebron James he did it in 2018 and the guard of the Toronto Raptors, Fred VanVleet, who is averaging 21.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 7.0 assists, in addition to leading the NBA in minutes per game.

They were joined by shooting guard from the Brooklyn Nets, james harden, who is making his 10th consecutive All-Star appearance and is averaging 22.5 points, 8 rebounds and 10.2 assists; the forward of the Miami Heat, Jimmy Butler, who is now a six-time All-Star after averaging 21.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.4 assists; The shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls, Zach LaVine, who is averaging 24.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists and will make his second consecutive All-Star team; Milwaukee Bucks forward Chris Middleton, who is making his third All-Star appearance and is averaging 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists for the defending champion and forward Boston Celtics, Jayson Tatum, who is averaging 25.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists and will make his third consecutive All-Star team.

Last week, the NBA announced the 10 All-Star starters: Warriors shooting guard Stephen Curry and the eaves Andrew Wiggins; Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James; the center of the Denver Nuggets, Nikola Jockic; Bulls shooting guard DeMar DeRozan; shooting guard for the Atlanta Hawks, Bring Young; nets forward, Kevin Durant; Bucks forward, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Philadelphia 76ers center, Joel Embid.

Those 24 names will increase by at least one over the next two weeks as Green, who was part of TNT’s announcement Thursday night, said he would not be able to play in the All-Star Game. He has been out the last few weeks with back and calf injuries, which means he will now be replaced. Durant, who missed the Nets’ last nine games with a knee injury, may also need to be replaced.

James and Durant, the captains of the two teams that will play in Cleveland on February 20 after receiving the most votes in their respective conferences, will choose their teams next Thursday on TNT.

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CP3 and Booker lead the ASG reserves