Simmons snubbed as All-Star picks drop

Jessica Allison
January 25, 2018

Joining Towns from the West will be Russell Westbrook, Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green, LaMarcus Aldridge, Klay Thompson and Damian Lillard.

In the East, Kyle Lowry, Al Horford, Kevin Love and John Wall will join Beal, Oladipo and Porzingis.

Despite some wrinkles to the overall format - it is no longer East vs West, in case you haven't heard - picks were made using the same guidelines: Two guards, three frontcourt players and two wild cards, with the same number coming from each conference.

Under a new All-Star Game format that replaces the traditional matchup between conferences, two captains will choose the rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves. Then, two days later, the team rosters - as selected by James and Curry - will be unveiled.

The NBA announced its Eastern and Western Conference All-Star reserves on Tuesday. Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins make up the group of starters James and Curry will select from.

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Here are the biggest All-Star snubs - in other words, the players most likely to tweet the thinking-face emoji within the next few hours.

Oklahoma City's Westbrook was chosen by National Basketball Association head coaches along with 13 other players. It appears the new uniforms will feature one team in black and the other in white, with all players wearing black-and-white versions of their regular team logos on their jersey chests. Working against him? The fact that he missed 17 games due to injury and plays in the same conference as an abundance of talented guards. This will be Towns' first time.

Lillard, a three-time All-Star, is back for the first time since 2015.

Porzingis leads the Knicks in scoring, averaging 23.3 points. Westbrook, a two-time All-Star Game MVP, will be making his seventh appearance. But he's still close to that triple-double level this season (24.8 points, 10.1 assists and 9.7 rebounds).

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