The world’s best ballers will be putting on a show this weekend in The Big Easy!
Sunday, February 16 will mark the culmination of NBA All-Star Weekend 2014, and the best event is certainly saved for last as the top players in the league will showcase their skills in the 63rd NBA All-Star Game.
Reigning two-time NBA Champion/Finals MVP LeBron James of the Miami Heat led all players with 1,416,419 votes, followed closely by 2014 shoe-in NBA MVP Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who finished with 1,396,294 votes.
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was selected to his 16th overall All-Star Game, second all-time behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19), however he won’t be able to play due to a leg injury and will be replaced by hometown star Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans.
— NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) February 7, 2014
This is Davis’ first All-Star selection. He’s been phenomenal throughout his sophomore campaign, averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and NBA-most 3.3 blocks per game, while shooting a 51.8 percent success rate from the field and 76.6 percent from the free-throw line. Davis was the #1 overall draft pick last year.
The All-Star Game will be exclusively televised on TNT from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. Coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. (ET).
Eastern Conference Starters:
Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers), Dwyane Wade (Heat), Paul George (Pacers), Carmelo Anthony (Knicks), LeBron James (Heat)
Western Conference Starters:
*Stephen Curry (Warriors), James Harden (Rockets), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Kevin Love (Timberwolves), Blake Griffin (Clippers)
Eastern Conference Reserves:
*John Wall (Wizards), Joe Johnson (Brooklyn), *DeMar DeRozan (Raptors), *Paul Millsap (Hawks), Chris Bosh (Heat), Roy Hibbert (Pacers), Joakim Noah (Bulls)
Western Conference Reserves:
Chris Paul (Clippers), *Damian Lillard (Blazers), Tony Parker (Spurs), Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks), *Anthony Davis (Pelicans), *LaMarcus Aldridge (Blazers), Dwight Howard (Rockets)
Eastern Conference Coach:
Frank Vogel (Pacers)
Western Conference Coach:
Scott Brooks (Thunder)
* – denotes first-time selection