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James Harden, three Hawks players lead list of NBA All-Star Game reserves


The coaches made good choices.

The problem is, you can also make a case for almost another team of guys left off.

The NBA All-Star Game reserves were officially announced Thursday night. The starters were voted in by the fans and announced a week ago, then this past week the coaches around the league filled out the rosters.

Here’s who they selected:

Eastern Conference

• Jeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks)
• Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls)
• Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
• Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat)
• Paul Millsap (Atlanta Hawks)
• Chris Bosh (Miami Heat)
• Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks)

(Starters: John Wall, Kyle Lowry, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Pau Gasol)

Western Conference

• James Harden (Houston Rockets)
• Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
• Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers)
• Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)
• Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)
• Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder)
• LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers)

(Starters: Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol)

There are going to be changes to the rosters in each conference — both Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade are out injured, Kobe certainly will not play and Wade is not expected to.

Meaning at least a couple of the deserving guys left off the roster will get on. (NBA Commissioner Adam Silver picks the replacements, in the case of the West it will be up to coach Steve Kerry to decide who will take Kobe’s starter spot.)

And there are a lot of deserving guys left off these lists.

Starting with DeMarcus Cousins — averaging 23.8 points and 12.3 rebounds a game — and Damian Lillarrd out West. Lillard is averaging 21.7 points and 6.1 rebounds a game. Both of these guys deserved to make the team (both were among my picks) and only one will.

Other deserving guys left off in the West are Mike Conley and Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies, Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets, Eric Bledsoe of the Phoenix Suns. And that list could go on and on.

In the Eastern Conference, if I had to best who gets Wade’s spot, watch out for Kyle Korver of the Hawks. That would mean four Hawks, which seems fair for the best team in the conference. Other guys who out East who missed out include Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic, Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Brandon Knight of the Bucks, and Andre Drummond of the Pistons. Again, there are others who could stake a claim as well.

Bucks sign Jorge Gutierrez to 10-day contract

Jason Kidd

The Bucks waived Nate Wolters to sign Kenyon Martin (who’s sticking around for the rest of the season), but that move backfired – even more so than initially – when Kendall Marshall suffered a season-ending injury.

Suddenly short-handed at point guard, Milwaukee is turning to the D-League.

Bucks release:

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Jorge Gutierrez to a 10-day contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today.

Gutierrez played for Jason Kidd with the Nets last season. The 26-year-old was dealt in the Andrei Kirilenko trade to the 76ers, who waived him, and then signed in the D-League.

Because Larry Sanders has been suspended for at least six games and already served five (of his 10), the Bucks can place him on their suspended list. This allows them to add a 16th player without waiving anyone.

Milwaukee has a deep and talented roster, so Gutierrez will have a tough time sticking if Sanders meets the terms of his suspension and is reinstated this season. But Gutierrez’s familiarity with Kidd gives him at least a slim chance of impressing on the fly and remaining on the roster.

Andrew Wiggins one of just four 2014 draft picks on Rising Star Challenge rosters

Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

The NBA shook up the Rising Stars Challenge, making it the U.S. vs. the World.

Each 10-man team had to have at least four guards, four frontcourt players, three rookies and three sophomores.

Here’s how the rosters shook out:

U.S. Team


  • Trey Burke, Jazz (Sophomore)
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Pistons (Sophomore)
  • Michael Carter-Williams, 76ers (Sophomore)
  • Zach LaVine, Timberwolves (Rookie)
  • Victor Oladipo, Magic (Sophomore)
  • Elfrid Payton, Magic (Rookie)


  • Shabazz Muhammad, Timberwolves (Sophomore)
  • Nerlens Noel, 76ers (Rookie)
  • Mason Plumlee, Nets (Sophomore)
  • Cody Zeller, Hornets (Sophomore)


  • Alvin Gentry, Warriors

World Team


  • Bojan Bogdanovic, Nets (Rookie)
  • Dante Exum, Jazz (Rookie)
  • Dennis Schroder, Hawks (Sophomore)
  • Andrew Wiggins, Timberwolves (Rookie)


  • Steven Adams, Thunder (Sophomore)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks (Sophomore)
  • Gorgui Dieng, Timberwolves (Sophomore)
  • Rudy Gobert, Jazz (Sophomore)
  • Nikola Mirotic, Bulls (Rookie)
  • Kelly Olynyk, Celtics (Sophomore)


  • Kenny Atkinson, Hawks

These rosters reveal the reason for the format change. The 2014 draft, which could become the most underwhelming of all time, produced just four participants – Andrew Wiggins, Dante Exum, Elfrid Payton and Zach LaVine – in the game once know as the Rookie Challenge.

The other rookies – Nerlens Noel, Bojan Bogdanovic and Nikola Mirotic (read more about him here) – were selected in previous years. The deck has never been stacked like this before.

Still, the Timberwolves scrimmage Rising Stars Challenge could be interesting. The Americans are much more guard-oriented than the larger World Team, which could lead to some interesting matchups (or awful basketball).

No clear snubs, but K.J. McDaniels, Tim Hardaway Jr., Alex Len, Pero Antic and Jusuf Nurkic all got squeezed out.

Report: Potential first rounder Robert Upshaw could sign in D-League after Washington dismissal

Robert Upshaw, Gary Payton II

The University of Washington dismissed Robert Upshaw from its team, the same thing Fresno State did last season.

Upshaw failed multiple drug tests at both schools, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

What’s next for the 7-footer who was averaging 10.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game?

He might try to follow P.J. Hairston’s path from disciplined in college to the D-League to the first round of the NBA draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

As a precursor to the 2015 NBA draft, exiled University of Washington 7-footer Robert Upshaw is seriously considering a leap to the NBA Development League, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The NBA does not allow players enrolled at the beginning of a school year to make the immediate move into the D-League unless there’s corroboration that the NCAA or university has declared them ineligible. The D-League has yet to gather information on Upshaw’s case, sources said, but the path of P.J. Hairston – who was declared ineligible at North Carolina in December 2013 – gives Upshaw hope that his case will be seen in a similar way.

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Upshaw has first-round talent. He’s a commanding presence in the paint, especially defensively.

But teams will look deeply into his red flags, including both his dismissals and injury history. If it turns out Upshaw did nothing illegal in the state of Washington, he’ll get a little slack, though only a little. Teams will still question his inability to pass drug tests he’ll be subject to in the NBA. Larry Sanders’ recent issues work against Upshaw, fairly or not.

The D-League could be a good place for Upshaw to turn perception, especially for whichever team’s affiliate claims him.

Sometimes, the value of NBA teams having their own D-League affiliate is debatable. They could just be developing talent for other teams, because anyone can sign D-Leaguers who aren’t on NBA assignments or who don’t have their draft rights held by an NBA team.

But this is a clear case where it’s a benefit. Any team considering drafting Upshaw will want as much info on him as possible, and a great way to get it would be working with him the rest of the season.

The Pistons’ affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive, have priority on the waiver wire. If Upshaw joins the D-League, they should claim him. If they don’t, I doubt he’d drop far.

Report: Bucks to sign Kenyon Martin through end of season

Kenyon Martin, Chris Bosh

Kenyon Martin hasn’t given the Milwaukee Bucks much on the court — he’s played 47 minutes over the 20 days he’s been with the team, averaged 1.3 points a game on 33.3 percent shooting, he’s pulled down a few boards. In his last game he got 12 minutes of run, was 0-of-3 shooting with three boards, but he was the team’s center on the court at the end of the game (not John Henson or Zaza Pachulia).

However, off the court coach Jason Kidd has said he likes the veteran presence he brings to the young Bucks’ locker room.

So they are going to keep him on through the end of the season, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Milwaukee Bucks will sign former All-Star power forward Kenyon Martin to a rest-of-the-season contract this week, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that Martin, who completes his second 10-day deal with the Bucks on Wednesday, has lent a welcome veteran touch to a young locker room since reuniting with first-year Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd, with whom he played in New Jersey.

This is a young, playoff bound team and a veteran who can provide some leadership would be welcome. I’d just hate to see him steal minutes from players the Bucks should be trying to develop — they may be playoff bound this season but they are a work in progress still.

The Bucks may now be on to their next 10-day contract, Stein added.

The Bucks, sources say, are also planning to call up point guard Jorge Gutierrez — another Kidd favorite — on a 10-day deal out of the NBA D-League to bolster the backcourt depth in the wake of Kendall Marshall’s recent season-ending knee injury.