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2024 NBA All-Star Reserves: Who Was Left Off?

<p>Golden State Warriors luminary Stephen Curry secured his 10th NBA All-Star nomination, while Lakers’ standout Anthony Davis earned his ninth as reserves for the mid-season spectacle were unveiled on Thursday.</p>
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<p>Coaches discerningly handpicked the seven reserves from each conference, with Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns both meriting inclusion in the Western Conference.</p>
<p>Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, distinguished members of the Los Angeles Clippers, along with Devin Booker from the Phoenix Suns, were also accorded spots in the esteemed West squad, which will be under the captaincy of the 20-time All-Star, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.</p>
<p>The Eastern Conference reserves boast three debutants in Tyrese Maxey from Philadelphia, Paolo Banchero from Orlando, and Jalen Brunson from the New York Knicks.</p>
<p>Julius Randle of the Knicks, a standout in his own right, was also designated as a reserve, alongside Boston luminary Jaylen Brown, Donovan Mitchell from Cleveland, and Bam Adebayo from Miami.</p>
<p>The All-Star starters, determined through a combination of fan balloting, media panel votes, and player input, were disclosed last month.</p>
<p>Quadruple NBA champion LeBron James surpassed the record he previously shared with Lakers icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, achieving his 20th All-Star selection.</p>
<p>James, the captain, will lead a starting lineup featuring Phoenix’s Kevin Durant and the two-time MVP Serbian center, Nikola Jokic, representing the reigning champion Denver Nuggets.</p>
<p>In the Western Conference, the starting guards are the Slovenian maestro Luka Doncic from Dallas and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of Canada, hailing from Oklahoma City.</p>
<p>Greek sensation Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks was appointed captain for the Eastern Conference, with frontcourt starters including Cameroon’s reigning NBA MVP and this season’s leading scorer, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Boston’s Jayson Tatum.</p>
<p>The Eastern Conference guards comprise Tyrese Haliburton from Indiana, the NBA’s assists leader, and Damian Lillard from Milwaukee.</p>
<p>In the eventuality of any player being unable to participate in the All-Star Game, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will judiciously select a substitute from the same conference.</p>
<p>As it stands, Silver is poised to make multiple replacements, as the Knicks announced on Thursday that Randle will be sidelined for two to three weeks with a dislocated shoulder, and the 76ers disclosed that Embiid is grappling with a meniscus injury in his left knee, with no definitive timeline for his return.</p>