James Harden, Kyrie Irving among six first-time All-Stars picked as reserves

Russell Westbrook, left, and James Harden headline the 2013 All-Star reserves (Job Blow/Getty Images)
Russell Westbrook, left, and James Harden headline the 2013 All-Star reserves (Job Blow/Getty Images)

Russell Westbrook, left, and James Harden headline the 2013 All-Star reserves (Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

By Ben Golliver

The NBA announced the 2013 Eastern and Western Conference All-Star reserves on Thursday, a group of 14 players selected by a vote of the league’s coaches.

Eastern Conference reserves: Chris Bosh (Heat), Tyson Chandler (Knicks), Luol Deng (Bulls), Paul George (Pacers), Jrue Holiday (Sixers), Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers), Joakim Noah (Bulls)

Western Conference reserves: LaMarcus Aldridge (Blazers), Tim Duncan (Spurs), James Harden (Rockets), David Lee (Warriors), Tony Parker (Spurs), Zach Randolph (Grizzlies), Russell Westbrook (Thunder)

Chandler, George, Harden, Holiday, Irving and Noah were all selected to their first All-Star Game.

Coaches could not vote for their own players and were asked to select two backcourt players, three frontcourt players and two “wildcard” players could play any position from within their conference. 

A list of the biggest names not selected to the 2013 All-Star Game includes: Jamal Crawford (Clippers), Stephen Curry (Warriors), Marc Gasol (Grizzlies), Rudy Gay (Grizzlies), Al Horford (Hawks), Serge Ibaka (Thunder), Al Jefferson (Jazz), Brandon Jennings (Bucks), Joe Johnson (Nets), Brook Lopez (Nets), Paul Pierce (Celtics), Josh Smith (Hawks) and Deron Williams (Nets).

The 14 reserves announced Thursday will join the ten starters selected by a fan vote that were announced last week.

Eastern Conference starters: Rajon Rondo (Celtics), Dwyane Wade (Heat), LeBron James (Heat), Carmelo Anthony (Knicks), Kevin Garnett (Celtics)

Western Conference starters: Chris Paul (Clippers), Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Dwight Howard (Lakers)

Fans were asked to select two backcourt players and three frontcourt players, as this year’s ballot combined the “center” and “forwards” designations into one category.

The Point Forward took a look at the worthiness of the startersoffered suggestions for the reserves and ranked the most deserving first-time All-Stars.

Earlier this month, the NBA and adidas unveiled this year’s All-Star uniforms. Check out some of the best uniforms from past All-Star Games here. A number of NBA stars will be wearing special editions of their signature shoes during the All-Star Game.

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