Coaches around the league made their decisions on who is worthy of being an All-Star reserve this season, and as it occurs every season, players worthy of an All-Star berth were left off the roster.
The verdict on Stephen Curry from the Western Conference and Brook Lopez from the Eastern Conference – by far – were the biggest surprises, given the overall impact and success each player has brought for their respective teams.
Every season, there are a handful of players scratching their heads, wondering how the whole process works. It is widely believed that coaches reward the players that are on winning teams. Yet, Kyrie Irving and Jrue Holiday made the squad from the East – despite playing for terrible teams – over the likes of Josh Smith and Joe Johnson, who are critical pieces to playoff-bound teams. LaMarcus Aldridge and James Harden – both on mediocre teams – also made the squad. The reasons for why a coach decides on certain players appears to vary greatly, given the results.
Here’s a thought: why doesn’t the NBA simply expand the roster size from 12 to 15? The collective bargaining agreement changed the NBA roster size to 13, and the official number of players allowed on an NBA roster is 15, so why is the number of All-Star players still stuck on 12? The most probable reason could be that not everyone suiting up may get a chance to play, but for many players, it’s more about the actual recognition of becoming an All-Star than whether they get to show off some of their skills in a mostly meaningless contest. Every season, players and coaches around the league are unhappy over who is left off the roster. An increase in All-Star roster size would certainly remedy this issue. Mostly.
In any case, NBA players around the league reacted – some much more strongly than others – when the reserves were announced. See Joakim Noah thank the world for his first selection, Mark Jackson’s rant about the Curry snub and much more below: