Every year, somebody gets snubbed when the reserves are selected for the All-Star game.
This year, it is Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.
— David Lee (@Dlee042) January 25, 2013
James Harden of the Houston Rockets was arguably the most surprising member of the 14 All-Star reserves who were announced Thursday based upon voting by the league’s 30 head coaches. Granted, Harden is ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 25.8 points. But he is shooting only .434 from the field — an almost identical percentage as Curry, who is ninth in the league in scoring with an average of 20.9 points per game.
The most substantial difference between the two is their teams’ records. Golden State is 26-15 following a home victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, while Harden’s Rockets are 22-22.
“He had my vote,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of Curry, who scored 31 points in helping hand the Thunder just their 10th loss of the season.
The San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan and the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh headlined the list of reserves. Duncan earned his 14th selection, trailing only the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (15) and the Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett (15) among active players, while Bosh secured his eighth trip to the All-Star Game in 10 NBA seasons.
Five first-time All-Stars join Bosh as reserves in the East: Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls). The Bulls’ Luol Deng, making his second consecutive All-Star appearance, rounds out the East reserves.
Joining Duncan as reserves in the West are LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Harden (Houston Rockets), David Lee (Golden State Warriors), Tony Parker (Spurs), Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder). It’s the first selection for Harden, in his first season with the Rockets. It’s the second All-Star nod for Lee, Randolph and Aldridge, while Westbrook earns his third consecutive trip to the All-Star Game. Parker is an All-Star for the fifth time in his career.
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) January 25, 2013