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.