Wizards point guard John Wall is officially an All-Star. Indiana's Roy Hibbert and others joined the Wizards' point guard as an Eastern Conference reserve. The 12-man roster will play a team from the Western Conference. Coincidentally, the West also announced the rest of its roster on Thursday.
Four guards were selected as reserves by the Western Conference coaches: Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) and James Harden (Houston Rockets). Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers) and Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) were announced as the backcourt starters last week.
LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets) and 35-year-old Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) joined the frontcourt, which includes starters Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers) and Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves).
Bryant, sidelined with a knee injury, will miss the game. Paul's shoulder woes could also keep the league's top point guard out. That could open up slots for Goran Dragic (Phoenix Suns) or Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies) or both. That is unless centers DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) and Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) power their way onto the roster.
One notable and future Hall of Fame player not selected and not expected to be added regardless, San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan. Something tells me the low-key 14-time All-Star won't mind having the weekend off for once.
The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16 (8:00 p.m., ET), and will be televised on TNT.