All Star Game, reserves also chosen: Kings snubbed, Paul Banchero is there

After the starters, announced last week, the NBA also released the reserves of theAll Star Game in Indianapolis, which will be played on February 18. There was no shortage of surprises as usual, starting with the Western Conference roster.

The reserves chosen were in fact Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Devin Booker, Anthony Edwards, Stephen Curry, Paul George and Karl-Anthony Towns. The latter in particular is likely to cause discussion, partly because Domantas Sabonis (19.9 points, 13.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists average on the season) was left out to summon KAT. Probably the choice of Towns was to reward the Minnesota Timberwolves first-place finisher: in fact, partner Edwards was also present. Sticking with the Kings, another who can recriminate is De’Aaron Fox.

In the East, on the other hand, the following were chosen. Jalen Brunson, Jaylen Brown, Donovan Mitchell, Paolo Banchero, Bam Adebayo, Tyrese Maxey and Julius Randle. The latter, as well as Embiid among the starters, is currently injured in the shoulder and will not be able to take the court on Feb. 18. Substitutes will be announced in the coming days, but Randle’s name is probably the one that will turn fans’ noses up the most. First call-ups for Banchero, Brunson and Maxey. Among the names that will be considered by Adam Silver to replace the injured are Myles Turner, Derrick White, Trae Young and Kristaps Porzingis.

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