Bryant and James of Team USA react during their men's exhibition basketball game against Team Argentina ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona

The Inbounds: Team USA and the meaning of London

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It’s extremely difficult to measure what winning a gold medal does for a player, outside of you know, giving them the actual object and putting a line on a resume. When most people think Michael Jordan, 99 percent of them don’t think “Olympic Gold Medalist.” They think six-time NBA champion, the Greatest of all Time, or “the guy in the Hanes commercial with his own shoe.” It’s really only in the context of the Olympics that we examine these players. In fact, the members of the 1992 Dream Team are known more for their association with that particular assembly of players than for winning the gold medal. The medal was basically the Kia that they give to Rookies of the Year. You care about the award but you’ve already accomplished more for yourself.

And though the teams are worse through the years, the same can be said for those other teams that won. Their players are proud of their medal, proud of their place in history, proud of what they have accomplished. But that doesn’t define their careers. LeBron James was not certified prior to winning the 2012 NBA title despite having won a gold medal in 2008. It exists separate, and every team is constantly being judged against an impossible standard set by the greatest collection of basketball talent in recorded history and the resulting mythology which has followed them.

So what stands before Team USA as the ball prepares to be tipped in the Summer Games’ basketball tournament? It’s a specific question that shifts with each player.

Kobe Bryant: It’s Jordan, right? I mean, that’s what his career has largely become about. It’s not about Magic, despite the Laker connection, his sights are set on a larger goal. If he can’t match what Jordan did in the time he did, he can match him in as many total areas as possible. Bryant can match Jordan’s two Olympic golds in London, and best him in golds in games featuring NBA players. For Bryant, though, this is also a farewell tour to international competition. You can tell from his interviews that he’s enjoying playing the role of figurehead, the vocal leader for Team USA, and making the rounds once more as the face of USA Basketball. This is Bryant’s last ride, and to go out as anything but not only undefeated, but dominant, would be a travesty to his identity.

Losing, as always, is not an option for Kobe Bean Bryant.

LeBron James: James, and this is going to ruffle some feathers, is very much the ’92 Jordan of this team. In no way am I stacking up the Chosen One with the Greatest of all Time in terms of their basketball talents, skills, or abilities. But in Jack McCallum’s excellent book on the Dream Team (released this month), he writes extensively about how Magic Johnson spoke and acted as the leader, but that Jordan was the better player. It was evident in practice, evident in games, evident in all manners. From what we’ve seen in these exhibitions, we’re seeing the same with Bryant and James. In 2008, it wasn’t just close, Bryant’s game was better suited for international play and his desire to be the firepower was evident. Bryant is much more the floor leader than the leader-by-example in these games so far. Bryant will have himself a game or two in these contests, as he’s still capable of dropping 40 on any fool that comes up against him at the right time.

But it’s James’ all-around game that has anchored Team USA. He’s the best player on the team, and that’s what these Olympics are about. No Dwyane Wade, a Kobe Bryant fading back, Kevin Durant not quite there, Carmelo Anthony still only the dominant player in one phase of the game. James is the nexus, he’s the one player that’s capable of everything Team USA needs. These games aren’t just about adding his second medal, but about winning the games as The Guy for Team USA. On a team that’s limited in areas by injury, James is producing in those areas and more. It’s another step in his evolutionary ladder as one of the best players ever.

That, of course, serves a double-purpose. James has long lagged behind other players in terms of international exposure and popularity. There will be a void when Bryant leaves as the most popular international player and both Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant, along with Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard, are in better positions to capitalize on that. But the international fans really just respond to dominance and in 2008, James was much more of a facilitator and all-around player. He’ll still be playing that role, that’s his game, but an emphatic showing and a bit more control over the game offensively and he could take a big step forward. He’s conquered everything else, might as well go for the Continent.

Carmelo Anthony: It’s not difficult to argue that the Olympics bring out the best in Melo. He winds up playing more of a team-centric style which accentuates his shooters touch, and his body is better configured to attack the international forwards than either the small or power forwards in the NBA. His rebounding is better on display because he operates more off-ball, and he seems like quite the cold-blooded killer under the banner of Olympic Rings. Anthony can use this as a launching point for a career rejuvenation, or maybe better termed, a career advancement. He can learn what he’s best at, where he can succeed the most, and more importantly, that his success isn’t dependent on his dribbling. He’s still a star even if he’s not the one with the ball to start the possession. It’s who ends the possession with the ball in his hands and how they perform that matters. He can see how the world’s greatest contribute in multiple ways, and the approach to defense those players have

Make no mistake, Anthony can play defense, and play it well. It’s a willingness and focus issue that keeps him from being one of the premier defenders in the league.

This is also a huge opportunity for him to put himself back up on that pedestal with the greatest in the game. Anthony was considered one of the elite players in the league until a few years ago, and since then there’s been a separation between he and LeBron, Wade, and Bryant, and Rose, Howard, and Durant have leapfrogged him. But without Wade in position, with Bryant coming back a bit, and Durant not ready for the fullest load on an Olympic team, Melo can regain his footing. He has more experience than Durant and a bigger frame. He and Durant have had some prolific shooting nights in the exhibitions, and seeing which of the two asserts themselves as the third cog is going to be fascinating.

Kevin Durant: Rookie of the Year. Three-time NBA scoring champ. Three-time All-Star. Three-time All-NBA. NBA Western Conference Champion. FIBA World Championship gold medalist. And, should Durant and Team USA win gold in London, the kid KD will have an Olympic Gold Medal as the third or fourth best player on the greatest collection of basketball talent in the world.

He won’t turn 24 until September.

The comments above about Durant’s readiness have little to do with his actual game. He’s there. And he’s been putting in shooting nights, though his number have been a little erratic in the exhibitions. It’s more just about age, experience, and role. Durant doesn’t have to lead this Team USA, it’s stocked with leaders. 2010 was a great chance for him to be the leader for a younger team where he was the most talented player on the floor. This is a great opportunity for him to absorb the knowledge of the older players, and to model himself after them. Durant’s old enough to have his own game certified, and young enough to still be able to learn from the rest of the team.

But at its core, London is just another step in his career, another moment where he advances forward, learns more things, sees more of the world, and may be able to usurp the role of “hero” from LeBron with his popularity and how his game manifests. Durant’s likeability is off the charts, and putting it on a scale like this could have serious impacts for his global identity.

Again, not even 24 yet.

The Rest of the Vets: For Chris Paul, it’s simply another good thing he’s done in a career of good things. Paul’s game never quite seems to fit on the international stage for some reason, but that doesn’t mean it’s not effective. It’s also good for him to be around players in game and practice situations that set the bar as high as this team does. He’s in a position to have to translate those habits to the Clippers, and things like this help him with a model for that. It’s also good for his motivation to be around players with championship rings like Bryant, Chandler, and James. It would have been a great opportunity for some development and work with Blake Griffin, had the explosive forward not injured his knee.

Kevin Love gets to mingle with the kind of stars he wants to play with. Not for nothing, but Love and Russell Westbrook, old UCLA buddies, are hanging out. And we all know what goes on at these competitions with the superstar talk of teaming up. Love also gets to put his name under the bright lights, something that’s been a struggle in Minnesota, if he can manage to get consistent playing time.

Dwight Howard is the best center in the league. Andrew Bynum’s probably next. Marc Gasol is up there. But with his performances for Team USA and over the past three year sin the NBA, Tyson Chandler is in the midst of carving out a specific niche for himself in the league. He’s the center you want on your team. He’s not going to get the star treatment or endorsement deals, but Chandler will be remembered and praised for his work in these games. He’s building a legacy without commercials with performances like his with Team USA.

When we look back and realize how under-appreciated  Andre Iguodala is, it will be things like what he gave Team USA in the international competitions that stand out. You also have to wonder if eventually he’s going to get the bug to play with an elite talent of his own.

Like Durant, this is likely to be Russell Westbrook’s international coming out party. He’s been tearing it up in the exhibitions, and with the size luxury afforded to the coaching staff to have him play at the two-guard, he can do even more damage. He’s still going to take a high volume of shots, but there’s enough superior ego on the floor to keep him in check. Refining the fire that burns in Westbrook on the floor by being around players like Bryant is only going to help matters. This is a big moment for Westbook.

You have to wonder how much Deron Williams misses his mentor Jason Kidd, who will be playing across the boroughs from him in Manhattan. But Williams is also in a position to show that he’s still among that elite group. With Brooklyn raising the flag in October, this is the kickstart of what he likely hopes is the Deron Williams’ era. Williams made a name for himself in 2008 by being a better international guard than CP3. We could see the same in London with his ability to defend with more size.

James Harden gets to show Europe how you can cook with a beard.

Anthony Davis: Make no mistake, despite Davis’ limited role on this team, which will consist mostly of carrying bags and getting things for the older guys, and in general taking a lot of crap, this is an invaluable experience for Davis. He’s in a position to be immersed in a culture of winners, surrounded by the players who have been and are willing to do what it takes to be successful. He learns how to handle himself, how to condition his body, how to approach the media, how to mentally approach the game. He gets to absorb Tyson Chandler’s defensive mindset, Kevin Love’s rebounding approach, Kobe Bryant’s preparation, LeBron James’ workout intensity, Chris Paul’s cerebralism. This is the kind of learning experience guys would kill for, and it’s only going to be help him in the long-run. You want to be great? Surround yourself with great. Davis is surrounded by great.

Detailed summary of changes under the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement

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The NBA and players union signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

But what exactly will change?

We’ve examined different aspects in greater depth as details have leaked. You can find that analysis by scrolling through posts here and here.

But want a full, just-the-facts, breakdown? The NBA has provided this handy guide:

2017 NBA COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT – PRINCIPAL DEAL POINTS

The following is a summary of the principal changes made to the NBA/NBPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. With limited exceptions, new CBA terms take effect on July 1, 2017.

I. Term of Agreement

The new collective bargaining agreement will have a seven-year term covering the 2017-18 through 2023-24 seasons. Both the NBA and NBPA have the ability to opt out of the CBA after the 2022-23 season by providing notice to the other party by December 15, 2022.

II. Key Unchanged Elements from the 2011 CBA

• The players’ share of Basketball Related Income (BRI) will remain in the 49%-51% band.

• The Salary Cap and Tax structure will remain the same, including the calculation of Cap/Tax Levels, use of Salary Cap Exceptions, Tax rates and transaction limits on teams over the Tax “Apron.”

• The escrow system will remain the same.

• Existing rules on maximum free agent contract length will be retained.

• Restricted free agency will remain in place with certain process-related changes.

III. System

A. “Right-Sizing”

Certain System elements will be adjusted upward to maintain their relative position in the overall player compensation system, as set forth below:

Exception Amounts. The Mid-Level Exceptions and Bi-Annual Exception for

2017-18 will be increased 45% from the amounts in the 2011 CBA. The revised amounts will increase or decrease annually beginning in 2018-19 at the same rate as the Salary Cap.

Rookie Scale/Existing Rookie Scale Contracts. The Rookie Scale will also be increased 45%, with the increase phased in over three years. The Rookie Scale will increase or decrease annually beginning in 2018-19 at the same rate as the Salary Cap. As under the 2011 CBA, there will be a new Rookie Scale each season. Going forward, the Rookie Scale for a season will be issued prior to the start of the Moratorium Period for that season to reflect the increase or decrease in the Salary Cap from the prior season. Existing Rookie Scale contracts will be amended to reflect the 45% increase (phased in over the three-year period). The salary increases for existing Rookie Scale contracts will be funded collectively through a league-wide fund.

Minimum Annual Salary Scale. As with the Rookie Scale, there will be a new Minimum Annual Salary Scale issued each season prior to the Moratorium Period for contracts, including multi-year contracts, signed that season. The 2017-18 Minimum Annual Salary Scale will increase minimum salaries for that season by 45%. The revised amounts will increase or decrease annually beginning in 2018-19 at the same rate as the Salary Cap.

High-End Spending. In 2017-18, the Tax “Apron” – the amount above the Tax Level that cannot be exceeded by any team that uses the Non-Taxpayer Mid- Level Exception or Bi-annual Exception or acquires a free agent in a sign-and- trade – will be increased from $4M greater than the Tax Level to $6M greater than the Tax Level, and this $6M amount will increase or decrease annually beginning in 2018-19 at one-half the rate of the increase or decrease in the Salary Cap.

Maximum Annual Cash Limit in Trades. The 2017-18 limit on cash paid or received in trades will be increased from $3.6M to $5.1M, and this amount will increase or decrease annually beginning in 2018-19 at the same rate as the Salary Cap.

Annual Increases. The maximum annual salary increase/decrease for “Bird” players (7.5%) and other players (4.5%) will be increased to 8% and 5%, respectively.

B. Extension/Player Retention Rules

1. Veteran Extensions

Increased Extension Length. Veteran extensions (other than Designated Veteran Player Extensions as described below) will be permitted to cover five total years as follows: four new years if one year remains on the current contract, or three new years if two years remain on the current contract. (Under the 2011 CBA, veteran extensions may cover four total years.)

Waiting Period to Extend. A player whose contract (other than a Rookie Scale Contract) is a three- or four-year contract will be permitted to enter into a Veteran Extension no sooner than the second anniversary of the signing of the contract. (Under the 2011 CBA, a contract covering a term of three or fewer years may not be extended, and a four-year contract may not be extended until the third anniversary of the signing of the contract.) The waiting period for extending a 5-year contract will remain unchanged (third anniversary of the signing of the contract).

First-Year Salary. The maximum allowable salary in the first year of a Veteran Extension (other than a Designated Veteran Player Extension as described below) will be increased from 107.5% of the player’s salary in the

last year of the original term of the contract to 120% of the greater of: (i) the player’s salary in the last year of the original term of the contract; or (ii) the estimated average player salary for the year in which the extension is signed.

Timing of Veteran Extensions. If a player and a team seek to enter into any Veteran Extension (other than a Designated Veteran Player Extension as described below) more than one year prior to the July 1 preceding the proposed first season of the extended term, then the extension may only be negotiated and signed during the off-season (i.e., from July 1 through the day prior to the first day of the regular season).

2. Designated Veteran Player Extensions

a. Eligibility and Contract Length

Years of Service and Performance Criteria. Players with one year or two years left on their contracts who have seven or eight years of service in the league and have never changed teams (other than, if applicable, by being traded during their first four seasons in the league), and who meet certain performance criteria (defined in section B.2.c below), will be eligible to negotiate a veteran extension covering six total years (five new years if one year remains on the current contract or four new years if two years remain on the current contract).

Waiting Period. Designated Veteran Player Extensions can be signed no sooner than the third anniversary of the signing of the contract.

Off-Season Signing Period. Designated Veteran Player Extensions can only be negotiated and signed during the off-season (i.e., from July 1 through the day prior to the first day of the regular season).

Maximum Allowable Number. A team cannot sign a player to a

Designated Veteran Player Extension if at any point in time in a current or future year the team has or will have included in its Team Salary more than two contracts (i) extended pursuant to this section, and/or (ii) signed pursuant to section B.4 below.

b. Salary

Designated Veteran Player Extensions will be required to provide for a first- year salary of at least 30% and no more than 35% of the Salary Cap (under the 2011 CBA, such players’ applicable maximum first-year salary is 30% of the Salary Cap).

c. Performance-Based Criteria

For purposes of qualifying to negotiate for the Designated Veteran Player Extension described above or the maximum salary for certain free agents described in section B.4 below, a player will have to meet at least one of the following performance criteria at the time of signing:

• the player was named to the All-NBA first, second, or third team, or was named Defensive Player of the Year, in the immediately preceding season or in two of the immediately preceding three seasons; or

• the player was NBA MVP during one of the preceding three seasons. Any player who is extended pursuant to these criteria (or signed as a free agent pursuant to section B.4 below) cannot be traded for one year from the date of signing.

For any player who previously met the Designated Veteran Player performance criteria, has not yet reached unrestricted free agency, and, but for signing a Veteran Extension in 2016-17 prior to the execution of the new CBA, could or would have been eligible to sign a Designated Veteran Player Extension or a free agent contract as a Designated Veteran Player during the term of the new CBA (beginning in 2017-18), the following rule will apply: such a player will be permitted, in the off-season after his 8th or 9th season (as applicable), to negotiate a Designated Veteran Player Extension, provided that the player meets the applicable eligibility rules (but for the extension in 2016-17) and performance criteria at the time the Designated Veteran Player Extension is signed.

3. Rookie Scale Extensions

a. Maximum Annual Salaries in Rookie Scale Extensions

The rule allowing a team and a player who meets certain performance criteria to negotiate a maximum salary of up to 30% of the Salary Cap in Rookie Scale Extensions (or certain free agent contracts) will remain in effect, but the performance criteria will be changed so as to be the same as the performance-based criteria described in section B.2.c above. In addition, for Rookie Scale Extensions where, at the time the extension is signed, the player has not already met the performance-based criteria, a team and player can agree upon various percentages of the Salary Cap (between 25% and 30%) based upon how and whether the player satisfies the criteria. For example, a team and player can agree that the player’s salary in the first season of the extended term will be 30% if the player wins the MVP award, or 27.5% if the player is named to the All-NBA first or second team in his fourth season.

b. Designated Rookie Scale Player Extensions

The number of Designated Rookie Scale Player Extensions that a team can sign (and have included in its Team Salary at any point in time) will increase from one to two. A team will continue to be limited at any point in time to a total of two Designated Rookie Scale Player Extensions (one of which could be acquired by trade).

c. Rookie Scale Extension Deadline

The deadline for entering into Rookie Scale Extensions will be changed from 11:59 p.m. (ET) on October 31 to 6:00 p.m. (ET) on the day prior to the first day of the regular season.

4. Designated Veteran Player Free Agents

Free agents who have eight or nine years of service in the league who have never changed teams (other than, if applicable, being traded during their first four seasons in the league) and who meet certain performance-based criteria (defined in section B.2.c above) will be able to sign with their own team for a first- year salary of up to 35% of the Salary Cap (under the 2011 CBA, such players’ applicable maximum first-year salary is 30% of the Salary Cap). Under this provision, any contract that provides for a player’s salary to be more than 30% of the Salary Cap will be required to be a five-year contract. A team will not be permitted to sign a player to a Designated Veteran Player free agent contract if at any point in time the team has or will have included in its Team Salary more than two contracts (i) signed pursuant to this section, and/or (ii) extended pursuant to section B.2 above.

C. Moratorium Period

The Moratorium Period has been shortened and will now end each season at noon (ET) on July 6. The Salary Cap and Tax Level will be set each season by June 30.

D. Restricted Free Agency

The following changes will be made to restricted free agency:

Match Period. The period for a team with a right of first refusal to match an Offer Sheet will be shortened from 3 days to 2 days.

Offer Sheets During the Moratorium Period. A player will be able to sign an Offer Sheet during the Moratorium Period. A team holding a right of first refusal will have from the conclusion of the Moratorium Period until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on July 8 to match such an Offer Sheet.

Qualifying Offer Withdrawal Deadline. The July 23 deadline for a team to unilaterally withdraw a Qualifying Offer will be changed to July 13.

E. Other Changes

1. Additional Trade Rules

Traded Player Exception. The 150% Traded Player Exception for non- taxpaying teams will be increased to 175% (still subject to a limit of the salaries of the players being traded plus $5M).

Trade Exceptions/Protected Salary. For contracts entered into or extended beginning with the 2017-18 season: (i) in circumstances where a player’s salary protection is less than full, Traded Player Exceptions arising from the trade of such contracts will be calculated based upon the amount of the player’s protected salary in the applicable season (rather than the sum of the player’s protected salary and unprotected salary); and (ii) with respect to trades conducted following the last day of a regular season, Traded Player Exceptions will be limited to the amount of the player’s protected salary for the following season.

2. Salary Cap Holds

Rookie Salary Cap Holds. Salary Cap holds for unsigned first round draft picks will be 120% of the player’s applicable Rookie Scale amount (increased from 100% under the 2011 CBA).

First Round Draft Picks. Beginning with the 2018-19 Salary Cap Year, Salary Cap holds for players finishing the second option year of their Rookie Scale Contract will be 250%/300% of the player’s prior salary if the player’s prior salary is above/below the average player salary (increased from 200%/250% under the 2011 CBA).

3. Maximum Salaries

Maximum annual salaries will be calculated using the actual Salary Cap. (Under the 2011 CBA, a separate (lower) salary cap is used to calculate players’ individual maximum annual salaries.)

4. Over-36 Rule

The Over-36 Rule will be modified to be an Over-38 Rule.

5. Stretch

A team that elects to stretch a player’s salary for Salary Cap purposes will be not be allowed to re-sign or re-acquire the player prior to the July 1 following the last season of the player’s contract.

6. Signing Restriction

If a team and player agree on a buyout of the player’s contract to reduce the amount of protected compensation in connection with the team requesting waivers on the player, the team will not subsequently be permitted to sign the player to a new contract (or claim the player off of waivers) before the later of one year following the contract termination or the July 1 following the last season of the player’s contract.

7. NBA Minimum Roster

14Player Rosters. Teams will be required to carry 14 players on their rosters, subject to the ability to carry fewer players for limited periods of time (under the 2011 CBA teams are generally required to carry 13 players).

Potential 15-Player Rosters. If, beginning in the 2017-18 regular season, the league averages fewer than 14.5 players per team in any two consecutive seasons (not including Two-Way Players), then the above roster requirement would be increased to generally require teams to carry 15 players on their rosters beginning in the following season.

IV. Player Development and Eligibility

A. D-League: Two-Way Contracts

Two-Way Contracts. Each NBA team will be permitted to have on its roster up to two players under “Two-Way Contracts.” A “Two-Way Player” will provide services primarily to the NBA team’s D-League affiliate, and can be on the NBA team’s Active or Inactive List for up to 45 days during the NBA regular season, as well as on the NBA team’s roster prior to the start of D-League training camp (including during NBA training camp) and after the conclusion of the D-League regular season.

Exclusive Rights. During the term of a Two-Way Contract, a Two-Way Player will be eligible to sign a standard NBA contract only with his current team.

Right to “Convert. A Two-Way Player’s team will have the right to “convert” the Two-Way Contract during its term to a standard NBA contract at the player’s applicable minimum salary and for the same term.

Transition Rule. Until all NBA teams have a one-to-one affiliation with a D- League team, a process similar to the current “flexible assignment” process will be used to determine the placement in the D-League of Two-Way Players who are signed by NBA teams that do not have a one-to-one affiliation with a D- League team.

B. Career Opportunities for Former Players

A D-League apprenticeship program will be established in the league office and with D-League team coaching staffs to provide business and basketball operations training for former NBA players. In addition, a D-League assistant coach program will be established to provide additional coaching training and experience for former NBA players.

V. Scheduling

A. Training Camp, Pre-Season, and Regular Season Schedule

The period for training camp and the pre-season will be shortened by 7 days, and the maximum number of exhibition games per team prior to any regular season will be reduced to 6 (from 8). The regular season will be played over approximately 177 days (rather than 170 days).

B. Days Off

The number of days off that teams provide players during the Regular Season will increase to 18 (from 16).

V. Player Benefits

The agreement includes significant enhancements to player pension, health, and other benefits. Among other things, beginning this season and for the term of the new CBA, the NBA will equally fund with the Players Association, outside of the players’ share of BRI, the cost of a new health insurance plan and increased pension benefits for eligible currently-retired players who helped pave the way for the game’s current popularity and success.

VI. Anti-Drug Program

A. Testing

Baseline levels of testosterone will be established for each player to increase the accuracy of testing for performance-enhancing substances.

B. Penalties

Penalties will increase for positive tests for performance-enhancing drugs – a 25- game suspension for a first violation (from 20 games) and a 55-game suspension for a second violation (from 45 games). A third positive test will continue to result in the player’s expulsion from the NBA.

VII. Domestic Violence Policy

A comprehensive policy will be put in place that includes, among other things, education, support, treatment, referrals, counseling, and other resources.

VIII. BRI

Changes will be made to the BRI calculation and to the BRI audit process that include, among other things: (i) adjusting certain BRI inclusion and deduction rules; (ii) resolving recurring BRI audit open items; and (iii) clarifying and updating audit procedures.

IX. Group Licensing

The Group License Agreement will terminate following the 2016-17 season. There will be a transition period through September 2017.

Courtney Lee accuses Wizards assistant of entering court and imitating player (video)

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John Wall grabbed a defensive rebound, sprinted the other way and scored to nearly ice a Wizards win.

But, down 113-110 with 13.7 seconds left, the Knicks still had a chance.

Carmelo Anthony passed to Courtney Lee, who – given the circumstances – had a good look at a 3-pointer from the corner. But Lee passed to Brandon Jennings, who turned the ball over, clinching Washington’s victory.

Why didn’t Lee just shoot?

He got spooked by Wizards assistant coach Sidney Lowe, who came onto the court and apparently sounded like a defender.

Lee:

I’m looking at Oubre closing out next to me, and I’m hearing somebody right next to me saying, “I’m here. I’m here. I got your stunt. I got your stunt.”

And, so I don’t shoot it. I drop the ball, thinking it is going to be a double closeout. And then I try to make a play to Brandon, and I think he bobbled the ball a little bit, and that’s the end of the game.

But come to find out it was the assistant coach, not a player.

I thought it was one of their players because you’re getting ready to shoot – in my peripheral you see a body right there, and he’s saying, “I’m right here. I’m right here. I got your stunt.” Usually in basketball terminology, that’s we’ll switch or I am going to jump out. So, I shot-faked and drove. But I still should have shot the shot.

I don’t know if it was part of the defensive scheme for the coach to be out there and saying that and being on the floor standing next to me, but that happened.

We lost. I should have shot it.

Lee added, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN:

I think it’s something they [the NBA] need to take a look at

I loathe coaches crossing the sideline onto the court, and it happens way too frequently. It’s unsafe and detracts from the play on the court. Players should not have to worry, even subconsciously, about anyone but the nine other players in the game encroaching their space.

Lowe’s words elevated this instance into something bigger. His accompanying position well onto the court is, sadly, far too common.

If this is the turning point that causes the NBA to crack down on this awful sideline behavior, I’m all for it.

COMPLETE NBA All-Star voting results, from LeBron James to Arinze Onuaku

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The NBA’s 2017 All-Star starters are out.

But how did we get here?

After 42 years of a fan vote determining All-Star starters, the league enacted a far-more-complicated process this season. Fans, players and media all played a part in the picks.

The exact formula relied on players’ ranks in each category to produce a final score: (fan rank + fan rank + player rank + media rank)/4. Players who didn’t receive any votes in a given category were ranked one spot behind those who did. Lowest score wins. Ties were broken by fan vote.

Credit the NBA for releasing full results in each category, allowing us to dig deeper into how each bloc views players. It’s a fascinating picture, from top to bottom.

Here’s every player’s rank in all three voting sections (votes in each category in parentheses) and final score:

Eastern Conference

Guards

Name Fan Player Media Score
Kyrie Irving 1 (1,696,769) 1 (130) 3 (32) 1.5
DeMar DeRozan 3 (796,112) 3 (91) 2 (55) 2.75
Isaiah Thomas 4 (755,102) 2 (92) 1 (61) 2.75
Dwyane Wade 2 (979,566) 6 (33) 6 (1) 4
Kyle Lowry 5 (471,697) 5 (40) 4 (27) 4.75
John Wall 7 (301,437) 4 (49) 5 (15) 5.75
Derrick Rose 6 (337,706) 9 (14) 8 (0) 7.25
Kemba Walker 9 (170,299) 7 (31) 6 (1) 7.75
Avery Bradley 10 (97,441) 12 (8) 8 (0) 10
Bradley Beal 14 (48,243) 8 (16) 8 (0) 11
Nicolas Batum 16 (30,912) 11 (10) 8 (0) 12.75
Jeremy Lin 8 (202,502) 32 (2) 8 (0) 14
J.R. Smith 11 (94,403) 26 (3) 8 (0) 14
Goran Dragic 17 (26,834) 15 (6) 8 (0) 14.25
Malcolm Brogdon 18 (25,077) 14 (7) 8 (0) 14.5
Matthew Dellavedova 19 (24,701) 15 (6) 8 (0) 15.25
Sergio Rodriguez 22 (18,472) 12 (8) 8 (0) 16
Kyle Korver 12 (51,591) 41 (1) 8 (0) 18.25
Dennis Schroder 20 (23,565) 26 (3) 8 (0) 18.5
Iman Shumpert 13 (50,970) 41 (1) 8 (0) 18.75
Jeff Teague 29 (11,422) 9 (14) 8 (0) 18.75
Rajon Rondo 15 (42,247) 41 (1) 8 (0) 19.75
Courtney Lee 28 (11,832) 15 (6) 8 (0) 19.75
T.J. McConnell 31 (10,586) 20 (4) 8 (0) 22.5
DeAndre Liggins 21 (20,042) 41 (1) 8 (0) 22.75
Bojan Bogdanovic 34 (9,757) 19 (5) 8 (0) 23.75
Reggie Jackson 37 (7,749) 15 (6) 8 (0) 24.25
Michael Carter-Williams 35 (9,053) 20 (4) 8 (0) 24.5
Jordan McRae 33 (9,791) 32 (2) 8 (0) 26.5
Brandon Jennings 23 (16,639) 57 (0) 8 (0) 27.75
Evan Fournier 36 (8,882) 32 (2) 8 (0) 28
Cory Joseph 24 (14,122) 57 (0) 8 (0) 28.25
Monta Ellis 43 (6,324) 20 (4) 8 (0) 28.5
Norman Powell 25 (13,509) 57 (0) 8 (0) 28.75
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 41 (6,423) 26 (3) 8 (0) 29
Marcus Smart 26 (12,582) 57 (0) 8 (0) 29.25
Tony Snell 39 (6,944) 32 (2) 8 (0) 29.5
Kay Felder 27 (12,425) 57 (0) 8 (0) 29.75
Khris Middleton 42 (6,347) 32 (2) 8 (0) 31
Jason Terry 45 (5,970) 26 (3) 8 (0) 31
D.J. Augustin 48 (4,831) 20 (4) 8 (0) 31
Marco Belinelli 30 (10,875) 57 (0) 8 (0) 31.25
Gerald Green 38 (7,228) 41 (1) 8 (0) 31.25
Ron Baker 32 (10,502) 57 (0) 8 (0) 32.25
Sean Kilpatrick 49 (4,736) 26 (3) 8 (0) 33
Justin Holiday 46 (5,642) 41 (1) 8 (0) 35.25
Nik Stauskas 40 (6,660) 57 (0) 8 (0) 36.25
Jerryd Bayless 53 (3,255) 32 (2) 8 (0) 36.5
Randy Foye 60 (2,529) 20 (4) 8 (0) 37
Elfrid Payton 50 (4,651) 41 (1) 8 (0) 37.25
Denzel Valentine 51 (3,701) 41 (1) 8 (0) 37.75
Tim Hardaway Jr. 44 (6,193) 57 (0) 8 (0) 38.25
Gerald Henderson 52 (3,622) 41 (1) 8 (0) 38.25
Tyler Johnson 47 (5,103) 57 (0) 8 (0) 39.75
Dion Waiters 58 (2,606) 41 (1) 8 (0) 41.25
Isaiah Canaan 65 (2,385) 32 (2) 8 (0) 42.5
Jerian Grant 66 (2,053) 32 (2) 8 (0) 43
Mario Hezonja 69 (1,950) 26 (3) 8 (0) 43
Sasha Vujacic 54 (3,216) 57 (0) 8 (0) 43.25
Glenn Robinson III 73 (1,705) 20 (4) 8 (0) 43.5
Terry Rozier 55 (3,190) 57 (0) 8 (0) 43.75
Mo Williams 63 (2,494) 41 (1) 8 (0) 43.75
Josh Richardson 56 (2,743) 57 (0) 8 (0) 44.25
Joe Harris 57 (2,692) 57 (0) 8 (0) 44.75
Caris LeVert 59 (2,564) 57 (0) 8 (0) 45.75
Trey Burke 60 (2,529) 57 (0) 8 (0) 46.25
Wayne Ellington 74 (1,567) 32 (2) 8 (0) 47
Jeremy Lamb 62 (2,497) 57 (0) 8 (0) 47.25
Isaiah Whitehead 70 (1,910) 41 (1) 8 (0) 47.25
Malcolm Delaney 71 (1,890) 41 (1) 8 (0) 47.75
Aaron Brooks 64 (2,474) 57 (0) 8 (0) 48.25
Tomas Satoransky 72 (1,812) 41 (1) 8 (0) 48.25
Demetrius Jackson 67 (2,046) 57 (0) 8 (0) 49.75
Rashad Vaughn 68 (2,022) 57 (0) 8 (0) 50.25
Ish Smith 77 (1,397) 41 (1) 8 (0) 50.75
Michael Gbinije 81 (887) 41 (1) 8 (0) 52.75
James Young 75 (1,414) 57 (0) 8 (0) 53.75
Jodie Meeks 76 (1,412) 57 (0) 8 (0) 54.25
Delon Wright 78 (1,360) 57 (0) 8 (0) 55.25
Fred VanVleet 79 (1,089) 57 (0) 8 (0) 55.75
Rodney Stuckey 80 (932) 57 (0) 8 (0) 56.25
Beno Udrih 82 (875) 57 (0) 8 (0) 57.25
Sheldon McClellan 83 (855) 57 (0) 8 (0) 57.75
Spencer Dinwiddie 84 (838) 57 (0) 8 (0) 58.25
Joe Young 85 (781) 57 (0) 8 (0) 58.75
Marcus Thornton 86 (774) 57 (0) 8 (0) 59.25
Rodney McGruder 87 (762) 57 (0) 8 (0) 59.75
Ramon Sessions 88 (719) 57 (0) 8 (0) 60.25
Treveon Graham 89 (642) 57 (0) 8 (0) 60.75
Darrun Hilliard 90 (640) 57 (0) 8 (0) 61.25
Brian Roberts 91 (484) 57 (0) 8 (0) 61.75
C.J. Watson 92 (369) 57 (0) 8 (0) 62.25
C.J. Wilcox 93 (287) 57 (0) 8 (0) 62.75

Frontcourt

Name Fan Player Media Score
LeBron James 1 (1,893,751) 1 (198) 1 (96) 1
Giannis Antetokounmpo 2 (1,604,463) 2 (162) 2 (93) 2
Jimmy Butler 5 (691,072) 3 (68) 3 (70) 4
Joel Embiid 3 (922,174) 8 (43) 5 (6) 4.75
Kevin Love 4 (909,488) 7 (47) 4 (15) 4.75
Kristaps Porzingis 7 (486,527) 5 (51) 6 (2) 6.25
Paul George 8 (426,325) 4 (64) 8 (1) 7
Carmelo Anthony 6 (544,133) 6 (50) 12 (0) 7.5
Jabari Parker 10 (198,574) 10 (22) 12 (0) 10.5
Hassan Whiteside 11 (169,746) 14 (11) 8 (1) 11
Tristan Thompson 9 (245,822) 15 (9) 12 (0) 11.25
Andre Drummond 15 (100,797) 9 (30) 8 (1) 11.75
Al Horford 14 (122,190) 16 (8) 6 (2) 12.5
Dwight Howard 13 (151,155) 19 (6) 12 (0) 14.25
Paul Millsap 20 (39,551) 12 (13) 8 (1) 15
Marcin Gortat 16 (66,667) 19 (6) 12 (0) 15.75
Jonas Valanciunas 17 (57,857) 26 (4) 12 (0) 18
Brook Lopez 24 (27,227) 12 (13) 12 (0) 18
Ersan Ilyasova 12 (162,185) 40 (2) 12 (0) 19
Serge Ibaka 23 (29,123) 28 (3) 12 (0) 21.5
Joakim Noah 25 (26,886) 25 (5) 12 (0) 21.75
Myles Turner 32 (18,655) 11 (14) 12 (0) 21.75
Channing Frye 19 (46,384) 40 (2) 12 (0) 22.5
Taj Gibson 35 (15,589) 19 (6) 12 (0) 25.25
Ben Simmons 31 (19,048) 28 (3) 12 (0) 25.5
Michael Beasley 36 (15,458) 19 (6) 12 (0) 25.75
Richard Jefferson 18 (53,771) 60 (1) 12 (0) 27
Greg Monroe 40 (12,006) 19 (6) 12 (0) 27.75
Boban Marjanovic 41 (11,551) 28 (3) 12 (0) 30.5
DeMarre Carroll 26 (26,782) 60 (1) 12 (0) 31
Patrick Patterson 27 (24,390) 60 (1) 12 (0) 31.5
Nerlens Noel 39 (12,079) 40 (2) 12 (0) 32.5
Lucas Nogueira 30 (19,837) 60 (1) 12 (0) 33
Otto Porter 46 (10,661) 28 (3) 12 (0) 33
Jahlil Okafor 47 (10,621) 26 (4) 12 (0) 33
Thon Maker 42 (11,233) 40 (2) 12 (0) 34
Willy Hernangomez 45 (10,672) 40 (2) 12 (0) 35.5
Robin Lopez 51 (8,763) 28 (3) 12 (0) 35.5
Terrence Ross 21 (38,516) 90 (0) 12 (0) 36
Jae Crowder 22 (31,413) 90 (0) 12 (0) 36.5
Jaylen Brown 37 (12,370) 60 (1) 12 (0) 36.5
Mindaugas Kuzminskas 38 (12,272) 60 (1) 12 (0) 37
Bismack Biyombo 55 (7,804) 28 (3) 12 (0) 37.5
John Henson 50 (8,932) 40 (2) 12 (0) 38
Chris Bosh 28 (23,865) 90 (0) 12 (0) 39.5
Dario Saric 43 (11,068) 60 (1) 12 (0) 39.5
Robert Covington 53 (8,068) 40 (2) 12 (0) 39.5
Cody Zeller 59 (6,168) 28 (3) 12 (0) 39.5
Aaron Gordon 29 (22,774) 90 (0) 12 (0) 40
Nikola Mirotic 44 (10,803) 60 (1) 12 (0) 40
Kent Bazemore 61 (5,684) 28 (3) 12 (0) 40.5
Markieff Morris 67 (5,065) 19 (6) 12 (0) 41.25
Trevor Booker 68 (5,034) 17 (7) 12 (0) 41.25
Kelly Olynyk 57 (7,439) 40 (2) 12 (0) 41.5
James Jones 33 (16,782) 90 (0) 12 (0) 42
Kyle O'Quinn 48 (9,570) 60 (1) 12 (0) 42
Nikola Vucevic 58 (7,208) 40 (2) 12 (0) 42
Chris Andersen 34 (16,219) 90 (0) 12 (0) 42.5
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 49 (8,987) 60 (1) 12 (0) 42.5
Tobias Harris 60 (5,884) 40 (2) 12 (0) 43
Frank Kaminsky 63 (5,419) 40 (2) 12 (0) 44.5
Amir Johnson 54 (7,916) 60 (1) 12 (0) 45
Thaddeus Young 80 (3,076) 17 (7) 12 (0) 47.25
Marvin Williams 71 (4,243) 40 (2) 12 (0) 48.5
James Johnson 78 (3,335) 28 (3) 12 (0) 49
Justise Winslow 64 (5,404) 60 (1) 12 (0) 50
Kelly Oubre Jr. 74 (3,995) 40 (2) 12 (0) 50
Pascal Siakam 52 (8,339) 90 (0) 12 (0) 51.5
Doug McDermott 56 (7,464) 90 (0) 12 (0) 53.5
Cristiano Felicio 72 (4,225) 60 (1) 12 (0) 54
Aron Baynes 82 (2,968) 40 (2) 12 (0) 54
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 88 (2,582) 28 (3) 12 (0) 54
Miles Plumlee 89 (2,573) 28 (3) 12 (0) 54.5
Marcus Morris 85 (2,888) 40 (2) 12 (0) 55.5
Lavoy Allen 76 (3,888) 60 (1) 12 (0) 56
Luke Babbitt 86 (2,853) 40 (2) 12 (0) 56
Luis Scola 62 (5,563) 90 (0) 12 (0) 56.5
Timothe Luwawu‐Cabarrot 77 (3,600) 60 (1) 12 (0) 56.5
Mirza Teletovic 65 (5,351) 90 (0) 12 (0) 58
Bruno Caboclo 66 (5,185) 90 (0) 12 (0) 58.5
Thabo Sefolosha 81 (3,059) 60 (1) 12 (0) 58.5
Richaun Holmes 83 (2,944) 60 (1) 12 (0) 59.5
Mike Dunleavy 69 (5,010) 90 (0) 12 (0) 60
Al Jefferson 84 (2,936) 60 (1) 12 (0) 60
Jonas Jerebko 70 (4,651) 90 (0) 12 (0) 60.5
Jeff Green 97 (1,860) 40 (2) 12 (0) 61.5
Jakob Poeltl 73 (4,200) 90 (0) 12 (0) 62
Marshall Plumlee 98 (1,858) 40 (2) 12 (0) 62
Steve Novak 75 (3,909) 90 (0) 12 (0) 63
Lance Thomas 90 (2,533) 60 (1) 12 (0) 63
Tyler Zeller 92 (2,160) 60 (1) 12 (0) 64
Udonis Haslem 79 (3,163) 90 (0) 12 (0) 65
Rakeem Christmas 105 (1,406) 40 (2) 12 (0) 65.5
Jon Leuer 101 (1,522) 60 (1) 12 (0) 68.5
Jared Sullinger 87 (2,679) 90 (0) 12 (0) 69
DeAndre’ Bembry 102 (1,521) 60 (1) 12 (0) 69
Spencer Hawes 103 (1,491) 60 (1) 12 (0) 69.5
Paul Zipser 91 (2,272) 90 (0) 12 (0) 71
Stanley Johnson 106 (1,400) 60 (1) 12 (0) 71
Jason Smith 107 (1,331) 60 (1) 12 (0) 71.5
Bobby Portis 93 (2,127) 90 (0) 12 (0) 72
Roy Hibbert 94 (1,984) 90 (0) 12 (0) 72.5
CJ Miles 95 (1,965) 90 (0) 12 (0) 73
Quincy Acy 126 (547) 28 (3) 12 (0) 73
Justin Hamilton 96 (1,873) 90 (0) 12 (0) 73.5
Danuel House 121 (653) 40 (2) 12 (0) 73.5
Mike Muscala 113 (1,030) 60 (1) 12 (0) 74.5
Tiago Splitter 99 (1,725) 90 (0) 12 (0) 75
Chris McCullough 114 (911) 60 (1) 12 (0) 75
Kris Humphries 100 (1,666) 90 (0) 12 (0) 75.5
Taurean Prince 115 (890) 60 (1) 12 (0) 75.5
Damjan Rudez 116 (869) 60 (1) 12 (0) 76
Henry Ellenson 104 (1,463) 90 (0) 12 (0) 77.5
Daniel Ochefu 120 (674) 60 (1) 12 (0) 78
Ian Mahinmi 108 (1,258) 90 (0) 12 (0) 79.5
Jordan Mickey 109 (1,184) 90 (0) 12 (0) 80
Derrick Williams 110 (1,154) 90 (0) 12 (0) 80.5
Maurice Ndour 111 (1,094) 90 (0) 12 (0) 81
Willie Reed 112 (1,062) 90 (0) 12 (0) 81.5
Reggie Bullock 117 (858) 90 (0) 12 (0) 84
Kevin Seraphin 118 (851) 90 (0) 12 (0) 84.5
Stephen Zimmerman 119 (767) 90 (0) 12 (0) 85
Christian Wood 122 (593) 90 (0) 12 (0) 86.5
Mike Scott 123 (587) 90 (0) 12 (0) 87
Georges Niang 124 (578) 90 (0) 12 (0) 87.5
Josh McRoberts 125 (552) 90 (0) 12 (0) 88
Andrew Nicholson 127 (529) 90 (0) 12 (0) 89
Ryan Kelly 128 (452) 90 (0) 12 (0) 89.5
Arinze Onuaku 129 (216) 90 (0) 12 (0) 90

Western Conference

Guards

Name Fan Player Media Score
Stephen Curry 1 (1,848,121) 3 (63) 3 (6) 2
James Harden 2 (1,771,375) 2 (149) 2 (91) 2
Russell Westbrook 3 (1,575,865) 1 (167) 1 (93) 2
Klay Thompson 4 (1,054,304) 8 (14) 4 (1) 5
Chris Paul 5 (735,460) 6 (22) 4 (1) 5
Damian Lillard 8 (340,593) 4 (33) 6 (0) 6.5
Eric Gordon 7 (450,891) 15 (8) 6 (0) 8.75
C.J. McCollum 16 (83,414) 5 (23) 6 (0) 10.75
Andre Iguodala 9 (290,271) 22 (3) 6 (0) 11.5
Manu Ginobili 10 (214,670) 20 (4) 6 (0) 11.5
Zach LaVine 12 (156,616) 18 (6) 6 (0) 12
Mike Conley 18 (75,710) 7 (17) 6 (0) 12.25
Jordan Clarkson 6 (460,979) 36 (1) 6 (0) 13.5
Devin Booker 21 (70,018) 10 (10) 6 (0) 14.5
Patrick Beverley 11 (169,351) 36 (1) 6 (0) 16
Victor Oladipo 23 (54,023) 13 (9) 6 (0) 16.25
Jamal Crawford 17 (76,642) 26 (2) 6 (0) 16.5
Shaun Livingston 13 (127,248) 36 (1) 6 (0) 17
Tony Parker 14 (111,148) 36 (1) 6 (0) 17.5
D'Angelo Russell 15 (86,770) 36 (1) 6 (0) 18
Nick Young 22 (68,085) 26 (2) 6 (0) 19
J.J. Redick 25 (41,211) 20 (4) 6 (0) 19
George Hill 29 (28,120) 13 (9) 6 (0) 19.25
Vince Carter 19 (73,528) 36 (1) 6 (0) 20
Ian Clark 20 (71,317) 36 (1) 6 (0) 20.5
Patty Mills 26 (40,483) 26 (2) 6 (0) 21
Eric Bledsoe 30 (27,187) 18 (6) 6 (0) 21
Rodney Hood 35 (15,555) 10 (10) 6 (0) 21.5
Seth Curry 31 (21,717) 22 (3) 6 (0) 22.5
Tony Allen 36 (15,301) 15 (8) 6 (0) 23.25
Patrick McCaw 32 (21,159) 36 (1) 6 (0) 26.5
Tyler Ennis 37 (10,953) 26 (2) 6 (0) 26.5
Emmanuel Mudiay 47 (5,770) 9 (11) 6 (0) 27.25
Alex Abrines 34 (16,299) 36 (1) 6 (0) 27.5
Danny Green 24 (43,922) 62 (0) 6 (0) 29
Kyle Anderson 38 (10,754) 36 (1) 6 (0) 29.5
Cameron Payne 44 (6,610) 26 (2) 6 (0) 30
Louis Williams 27 (29,970) 62 (0) 6 (0) 30.5
Jose Calderon 45 (6,278) 26 (2) 6 (0) 30.5
Jonathon Simmons 28 (29,584) 62 (0) 6 (0) 31
Jrue Holiday 48 (5,757) 22 (3) 6 (0) 31
J.J. Barea 43 (6,923) 36 (1) 6 (0) 32
Leandro Barbosa 49 (5,429) 26 (2) 6 (0) 32.5
Ricky Rubio 33 (19,495) 62 (0) 6 (0) 33.5
Jamal Murray 55 (3,526) 22 (3) 6 (0) 34.5
Raymond Felton 50 (5,138) 36 (1) 6 (0) 35.5
Gary Harris 64 (2,562) 10 (10) 6 (0) 36
Will Barton 61 (2,826) 17 (7) 6 (0) 36.25
Austin Rivers 39 (10,045) 62 (0) 6 (0) 36.5
Dante Exum 57 (3,411) 26 (2) 6 (0) 36.5
K.J. McDaniels 40 (8,164) 62 (0) 6 (0) 37
Anthony Morrow 41 (7,455) 62 (0) 6 (0) 37.5
Wesley Matthews 54 (4,166) 36 (1) 6 (0) 37.5
Deron Williams 42 (7,159) 62 (0) 6 (0) 38
Marcelo Huertas 58 (3,205) 36 (1) 6 (0) 39.5
Dejounte Murray 46 (5,867) 62 (0) 6 (0) 40
Justin Anderson 60 (3,045) 36 (1) 6 (0) 40.5
Tyreke Evans 63 (2,621) 36 (1) 6 (0) 42
Buddy Hield 51 (4,883) 62 (0) 6 (0) 42.5
Kris Dunn 52 (4,481) 62 (0) 6 (0) 43
Malik Beasley 70 (2,060) 26 (2) 6 (0) 43
Arron Afflalo 53 (4,413) 62 (0) 6 (0) 43.5
Tyus Jones 66 (2,406) 36 (1) 6 (0) 43.5
Evan Turner 67 (2,375) 36 (1) 6 (0) 44
Troy Daniels 56 (3,489) 62 (0) 6 (0) 45
Semaj Christon 59 (3,115) 62 (0) 6 (0) 46.5
Darren Collison 73 (1,948) 36 (1) 6 (0) 47
Tim Frazier 79 (1,549) 26 (2) 6 (0) 47.5
Brandon Knight 62 (2,717) 62 (0) 6 (0) 48
Bryn Forbes 76 (1,865) 36 (1) 6 (0) 48.5
Garrett Temple 77 (1,765) 36 (1) 6 (0) 49
Allen Crabbe 65 (2,460) 62 (0) 6 (0) 49.5
Wade Baldwin IV 68 (2,231) 62 (0) 6 (0) 51
Ty Lawson 69 (2,112) 62 (0) 6 (0) 51.5
Bobby Brown 70 (2,060) 62 (0) 6 (0) 52
Mike Miller 83 (1,208) 36 (1) 6 (0) 52
Alec Burks 72 (1,981) 62 (0) 6 (0) 53
Ben McLemore 85 (1,122) 36 (1) 6 (0) 53
Tyler Ulis 74 (1,901) 62 (0) 6 (0) 54
Shelvin Mack 75 (1,889) 62 (0) 6 (0) 54.5
Raul Neto 78 (1,652) 62 (0) 6 (0) 56
Quincy Pondexter 91 (709) 36 (1) 6 (0) 56
Langston Galloway 80 (1,419) 62 (0) 6 (0) 57
John Lucas III 93 (389) 36 (1) 6 (0) 57
Devin Harris 81 (1,379) 62 (0) 6 (0) 57.5
Brandon Rush 82 (1,283) 62 (0) 6 (0) 58
Pierre Jackson 95 (220) 36 (1) 6 (0) 58
Andrew Harrison 84 (1,172) 62 (0) 6 (0) 59
Jameer Nelson 86 (991) 62 (0) 6 (0) 60
Shabazz Napier 87 (975) 62 (0) 6 (0) 60.5
Pat Connaughton 88 (917) 62 (0) 6 (0) 61
Tim Quarterman 89 (767) 62 (0) 6 (0) 61.5
Malachi Richardson 90 (716) 62 (0) 6 (0) 62
E'Twaun Moore 92 (560) 62 (0) 6 (0) 63
John Jenkins 94 (318) 62 (0) 6 (0) 64

Frontcourt

Name Fan Player Media Score
Kevin Durant 1 (1,768,185) 1 (170) 1 (94) 1
Kawhi Leonard 3 (1,058,399) 2 (119) 2 (91) 2.5
Anthony Davis 4 (974,802) 3 (105) 3 (78) 3.5
DeMarcus Cousins 6 (654,274) 4 (100) 4 (11) 5
Draymond Green 5 (914,973) 9 (21) 6 (4) 6.25
Zaza Pachulia 2 (1,528,941) 12 (19) 10 (0) 6.5
Marc Gasol 10 (273,705) 5 (59) 5 (5) 7.5
Karl-Anthony Towns 7 (367,199) 10 (20) 7 (3) 7.75
LaMarcus Aldridge 8 (323,814) 6 (36) 10 (0) 8
DeAndre Jordan 11 (237,708) 7 (31) 8 (1) 9.25
Blake Griffin 9 (295,161) 20 (8) 10 (0) 12
Gordon Hayward 17 (160,209) 8 (29) 10 (0) 13
Nikola Jokic 16 (173,327) 13 (17) 10 (0) 13.75
Steven Adams 18 (145,223) 10 (20) 10 (0) 14
Ryan Anderson 15 (207,227) 20 (8) 10 (0) 15
Pau Gasol 14 (214,387) 23 (7) 10 (0) 15.25
Rudy Gobert 20 (124,890) 14 (15) 8 (1) 15.5
Trevor Ariza 13 (221,369) 27 (5) 10 (0) 15.75
JaVale McGee 12 (229,738) 31 (4) 10 (0) 16.25
Dirk Nowitzki 21 (112,164) 17 (11) 10 (0) 17.25
Andrew Wiggins 19 (135,482) 27 (5) 10 (0) 18.75
Enes Kanter 25 (63,028) 19 (10) 10 (0) 19.75
Harrison Barnes 27 (51,467) 20 (8) 10 (0) 21
Danilo Gallinari 34 (21,160) 17 (11) 10 (0) 23.75
Julius Randle 26 (57,948) 35 (3) 10 (0) 24.25
Zach Randolph 36 (20,490) 16 (13) 10 (0) 24.5
Clint Capela 22 (97,556) 52 (1) 10 (0) 26.5
Sam Dekker 23 (84,509) 52 (1) 10 (0) 27
Brandon Ingram 29 (50,498) 40 (2) 10 (0) 27
Andre Roberson 38 (17,977) 31 (4) 10 (0) 29.25
Domantas Sabonis 41 (16,325) 27 (5) 10 (0) 29.75
Paul Pierce 31 (38,411) 52 (1) 10 (0) 31
Timofey Mozgov 43 (13,795) 35 (3) 10 (0) 32.75
Montrezl Harrell 24 (80,807) 78 (0) 10 (0) 34
Larry Nance Jr. 37 (20,368) 52 (1) 10 (0) 34
Rudy Gay 44 (13,662) 40 (2) 10 (0) 34.5
Andrew Bogut 49 (11,400) 31 (4) 10 (0) 34.75
Derrick Favors 52 (10,700) 26 (6) 10 (0) 35
Jerami Grant 48 (11,455) 35 (3) 10 (0) 35.25
Corey Brewer 28 (50,870) 78 (0) 10 (0) 36
Joe Ingles 51 (10,799) 35 (3) 10 (0) 36.75
Nene 30 (47,820) 78 (0) 10 (0) 37
David West 32 (35,631) 78 (0) 10 (0) 38
Georgios Papagiannis 45 (12,404) 52 (1) 10 (0) 38
David Lee 33 (23,334) 78 (0) 10 (0) 38.5
Kenneth Faried 57 (9,132) 31 (4) 10 (0) 38.75
Mason Plumlee 61 (6,910) 23 (7) 10 (0) 38.75
Davis Bertans 35 (20,639) 78 (0) 10 (0) 39.5
Dewayne Dedmon 39 (17,245) 78 (0) 10 (0) 41.5
Wilson Chandler 71 (4,515) 15 (14) 10 (0) 41.75
Anderson Varejao 40 (17,240) 78 (0) 10 (0) 42
Nemanja Bjelica 53 (10,077) 52 (1) 10 (0) 42
Omer Asik 54 (9,917) 52 (1) 10 (0) 42.5
Cole Aldrich 63 (6,282) 35 (3) 10 (0) 42.75
Al-Farouq Aminu 69 (4,971) 23 (7) 10 (0) 42.75
Kosta Koufos 42 (15,999) 78 (0) 10 (0) 43
Tyson Chandler 62 (6,408) 40 (2) 10 (0) 43.5
Marreese Speights 58 (9,042) 52 (1) 10 (0) 44.5
Nick Collison 64 (6,194) 40 (2) 10 (0) 44.5
Damian Jones 46 (12,176) 78 (0) 10 (0) 45
Luol Deng 59 (8,701) 52 (1) 10 (0) 45
Kevon Looney 47 (11,519) 78 (0) 10 (0) 45.5
Tarik Black 66 (5,384) 40 (2) 10 (0) 45.5
Maurice Harkless 73 (4,370) 27 (5) 10 (0) 45.75
James Michael McAdoo 50 (10,852) 78 (0) 10 (0) 47
Salah Mejri 55 (9,658) 78 (0) 10 (0) 49.5
Boris Diaw 68 (5,125) 52 (1) 10 (0) 49.5
Metta World Peace 56 (9,277) 78 (0) 10 (0) 50
Chandler Parsons 70 (4,900) 52 (1) 10 (0) 50.5
Thomas Robinson 72 (4,398) 52 (1) 10 (0) 51.5
Joe Johnson 78 (4,057) 40 (2) 10 (0) 51.5
Luc Mbah a Moute 60 (8,177) 78 (0) 10 (0) 52
Gorgui Dieng 75 (4,231) 52 (1) 10 (0) 53
Wesley Johnson 76 (4,212) 52 (1) 10 (0) 53.5
Juan Hernangomez 82 (3,634) 40 (2) 10 (0) 53.5
JaMychal Green 77 (4,101) 52 (1) 10 (0) 54
Chinanu Onuaku 65 (6,007) 78 (0) 10 (0) 54.5
Joffrey Lauvergne 67 (5,218) 78 (0) 10 (0) 55.5
Brandon Bass 86 (3,175) 40 (2) 10 (0) 55.5
Matt Barnes 81 (3,804) 52 (1) 10 (0) 56
Trey Lyles 87 (3,121) 40 (2) 10 (0) 56
Kyle Wiltjer 74 (4,295) 78 (0) 10 (0) 59
Alan Anderson 88 (3,096) 52 (1) 10 (0) 59.5
Willie Cauley-Stein 89 (2,989) 52 (1) 10 (0) 60
James Ennis III 95 (2,187) 40 (2) 10 (0) 60
Ed Davis 90 (2,980) 52 (1) 10 (0) 60.5
Kyle Singler 79 (3,973) 78 (0) 10 (0) 61.5
Alexis Ajinca 80 (3,884) 78 (0) 10 (0) 62
Marquese Chriss 93 (2,444) 52 (1) 10 (0) 62
Brice Johnson 101 (1,732) 40 (2) 10 (0) 63
Ivica Zubac 83 (3,582) 78 (0) 10 (0) 63.5
Meyers Leonard 84 (3,579) 78 (0) 10 (0) 64
Omri Casspi 85 (3,383) 78 (0) 10 (0) 64.5
Darrell Arthur 100 (1,733) 52 (1) 10 (0) 65.5
Dragan Bender 91 (2,609) 78 (0) 10 (0) 67.5
Jusuf Nurkic 92 (2,592) 78 (0) 10 (0) 68
Jared Dudley 112 (1,219) 40 (2) 10 (0) 68.5
TJ Warren 94 (2,275) 78 (0) 10 (0) 69
Dante Cunningham 107 (1,445) 52 (1) 10 (0) 69
Nikola Pekovic 96 (2,109) 78 (0) 10 (0) 70
Alex Len 109 (1,297) 52 (1) 10 (0) 70
Shabazz Muhammad 97 (2,094) 78 (0) 10 (0) 70.5
P.J. Tucker 110 (1,284) 52 (1) 10 (0) 70.5
Dwight Powell 98 (1,993) 78 (0) 10 (0) 71
Nicolas Brussino 99 (1,740) 78 (0) 10 (0) 71.5
Terrence Jones 102 (1,625) 78 (0) 10 (0) 73
Dorian Finney‐Smith 103 (1,589) 78 (0) 10 (0) 73.5
Festus Ezeli 104 (1,583) 78 (0) 10 (0) 74
Donatas Motiejunas 105 (1,471) 78 (0) 10 (0) 74.5
Josh Huestis 106 (1,452) 78 (0) 10 (0) 75
Adreian Payne 120 (861) 52 (1) 10 (0) 75.5
Joel Bolomboy 108 (1,333) 78 (0) 10 (0) 76
Jarell Martin 122 (847) 52 (1) 10 (0) 76.5
Jake Layman 111 (1,283) 78 (0) 10 (0) 77.5
Deyonta Davis 113 (1,213) 78 (0) 10 (0) 78.5
Troy Williams 114 (1,095) 78 (0) 10 (0) 79
Anthony Tolliver 115 (1,083) 78 (0) 10 (0) 79.5
Noah Vonleh 116 (1,047) 78 (0) 10 (0) 80
Diamond Stone 117 (952) 78 (0) 10 (0) 80.5
Jordan Hill 118 (881) 78 (0) 10 (0) 81
Cheick Diallo 119 (877) 78 (0) 10 (0) 81.5
Solomon Hill 121 (855) 78 (0) 10 (0) 82.5
AJ Hammons 123 (786) 78 (0) 10 (0) 83.5
Skal Labissiere 124 (759) 78 (0) 10 (0) 84
Jeff Withey 125 (740) 78 (0) 10 (0) 84.5
Alonzo Gee 126 (614) 78 (0) 10 (0) 85
Alan Williams 127 (607) 78 (0) 10 (0) 85.5
Brandan Wright 128 (593) 78 (0) 10 (0) 86
Derrick Jones Jr. 129 (505) 78 (0) 10 (0) 86.5

Who should be the All-Star Game reserves? Besides Westbrook? Here is our picks.

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The All-Star Starters are inyou don’t have to like them, but the choice has been made. In case you decided to spend Thursday night binge-watching Westworld, here are the All-Star Starters as selected by you, the fans (with a little help from the players and media so we didn’t have a Zaza moment).

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Stephen Curry (Golden State)
James Harden (Houston)
Kevin Durant (Golden State)
Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio)
Anthony Davis (New Orleans)

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland)
Isaiah Thomas (Boston)
LeBron James (Cleveland)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
Jimmy Butler (Chicago)

Now it falls to the coaches, who vote this week for the reserves (to be announced next Thursday night, Jan. 29, on TNT). Who should the coaches pick? Here are our selections (we follow the format the coaches do with two guards, three frontcourt players, and two wild cards:

KURT HELIN:

WEST reserves:
Guard: Russell Westbrook
Guard: Chris Paul (to become Damian Lillard)
Frontcourt: DeMarcus Cousins
Frontcourt: Draymond Green
Frontcourt: Marc Gasol
Wild Card: Gordon Hayward
Wild Card: Mike Conley

Westbrook is a given, he should have started over Curry in my book (but I’m not going to make a big stink about the two-time MVP getting to start the ASG). Chris Paul should get the nod for the other guard slot, but with him out injured, I would give it to Lillard (despite his defense). Also, to me, Cousins, Green, and Gasol are all givens considering how well they have played this season. Hayward gets overlooked, but he is a cornerstone for Utah, the fourth-best team in the West. My hardest decision was between Conley and Rudy Gobert for the final wild card slot, I felt bad leaving the “Stifel Tower” off. C.J. McCollum and LaMarcus Aldridge also were on the bubble for me but just missed the cut.

EAST reserves:
Guard: Isaiah Thomas
Guard: Kyle Lowry
Frontcourt: Paul George
Frontcourt: Paul Millsap
Frontcourt: Kevin Love
Wild Card: John Wall
Wild Card: Kemba Walker

There are so many good point guards in the East and I wanted to get them all on the team, but that meant some sacrifices in the front court — no Joel Embiid, no Kristaps Porzingis. Which pains me, because I want to see those guys play, particularly Embiid, but I couldn’t put him on the list at the expense of Kevin Love (who has grown so very comfortable in his role with the Cavaliers).

DAN FELDMAN:

WEST reserves:
Guard: Russell Westbrook
Guard: Chris Paul
Frontcourt: Rudy Gobert
Frontcourt: Gordon Hayward
Frontcourt: Draymond Green
Wild Card: DeMarcus Cousins
Wild Card: Marc Gasol

Chris Paul was playing excellently before getting hurt. He deserves the recognition. Let Damian Lillard and Mike Conley duke it out to be his injury replacement. The rest of my West reserves lined up easily, though I wonder whether I should have found a spot for Blake Griffin, who was also stellar when healthy.

EAST reserves:
Guard: Isaiah Thomas
Guard: Kyle Lowry
Frontcourt: Kevin Love
Frontcourt: Paul Millsap
Frontcourt: Paul George
Wild Card: John Wall
Wild Card: Kemba Walker

Remember, I choose All-Stars by picking the best players, not parsing 40-odd games. Though both methods produce similar results, my way opens the door for Paul George, who has proven his ability over the years but has underwhelmed so far this season. There wasn’t much separation between Paul Millsap, George, Kemba Walker, Andre Drummond, Hassan Whiteside, Dwight Howard, Joel Embiid, Al Horford and Kristaps Porzingis.

DANE CARBAUGH:

WEST reserves:
Guard: Russell Westbrook
Guard: Mike Conley
Frontcourt: DeMarcus Cousins
Frontcourt: Marc Gasol
Frontcourt: Dray