The anticipation is nearly over: 2016 NBA All-Star Game reserves will be announced Thursday night.
After the 10 fan-voted starters were named last week, the remaining seven players for each conference’s team are finally being unveiled.
In the Eastern Conference, it seems Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall and Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond are locks.
Beyond that, questions abound: The Atlanta Hawks should have a representative (like Paul Millsap) but might not. Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas and Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker both deserve long looks. And Miami Heat big men Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside could both be snubs — especially if the Cleveland Cavaliers get more than LeBron James on the roster.
In the West, the biggest question seems to be how many San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors will join Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Curry on the squad. Golden State’s Draymond Green arguably could have started the game, and Klay Thompson has silently had yet another terrific season. For the Spurs, a case can be made for Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Here’s how you can watch the announcements.
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