The fans have picked their starters for the All-Star Game, coming Feb. 15 to Madison Square Garden. Now this week the coaches around the league are voting for the reserves, the guys who round out the 12-man rosters.
It’s very hard to whittle that down to just seven in either conference. In the East, I would put Nikola Vucevic and his 19.6 points and 11.2 rebounds a game on the team over Paul Millsap of the Hawks — but that would leave only two Hawks on the roster. I doubt the coaches vote that way.
Out West there is no way to construct a team that does not leave five deserving guys off the roster. At least. But assuming both Klay Thompson and James Harden make the team (and remember, someone makes the team to replace Kobe Bryant) the question becomes who will Warriors coach Steve Kerr choose to start: His guy Thompson from his team, or the more deserving James Harden. If I were a betting man, I’d bet on Klay.