Brooklyn’s Harden and Phoenix’s Paul Main Reserves for 2021 NBA All-Star Game



First four star selections from the reserves: Boston’s Brown, LaVine from Chicago, Randle from New York and Williamson from New Orleans; TNT at the NBA Air All-Star Draft on Thursday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

Brooklyn Nets goalie James Harden and Phoenix Suns goalie Chris Paul topped the list of 14 players selected by NBA head coaches as a reserve for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game. Harden has been named All -Star for the ninth consecutive year and Paul got his 11e All-Star Selection.

The 70e The NBA All-Star game takes place on Sunday, March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta and will be televised by TNT as part of the 2021 NBA All-Star, which will take place overnight. TNT’s NBA All-Star coverage will begin at 5 p.m. ET with TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax, followed by Taco Bell® Challenge and MTN DEW skills® 3-point contest starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. Coverage of the NBA All-Star Game begins at 8 p.m. ET, with AT&T Slam Dunk at halftime.

In addition to Harden, the NBA All-Star Game reserves selected in the Eastern Conference are Boston Celtics goaltender Jaylen Brown and forward Jayson Tatum, Chicago Bulls goaltender Zach LaVine, New York Knicks forward Julius Randle , Philadelphia 76ers goaltender Ben Simmons and the Orlando Magic center. Nikola Vučević.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, LA Clippers forward Paul George, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and guard Donovan Mitchell, Portland Trail Blazers goaltender Damian Lillard and New Zealand Pelicans forward -Orleans Zion Williamson to join Paul as a Western Conference reserve.

Brown, LaVine and Randle of the Eastern Conference and Williamson of the Western Conference make up the top four NBA All-Star selections among the reserves.

In the All-Star Game reserve selection, each NBA head coach voted for seven players in their conference – two guards, three frontcourt players and two additional players in any position. Head coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own team.

The All-Star Game rosters will be determined through the NBA All-Star Draft, where team captains Kevin Durant of the Nets and LeBron James of the Lakers will select from the pool of players voted to start and reserve at each conference. TNT will air the NBA All-Star Draft on Thursday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

Durant and James will make their choice regardless of a player’s affiliation or position at the conference. Each captain will recruit 11 players to complete a roster of 12 players. NBA All-Star Draft rules include:

  • The eight players who, along with the two captains, are the starters will be drafted in the first round.
  • The 14 players who are the reservists will be drafted in the second round.
  • As the best vote among the fans, James will have the first choice in the first round (starters). Durant will have the first choice in the second round (reserves).
  • Captains will alternate their choices each turn until all players for that turn have been selected.

The 10 All-Star Game starters, unveiled last week, have been selected by fans, current NBA players and a media panel. The Eastern Conference starting pool is made up of Durant and Kyrie Irving of the Nets, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards and Joel Embiid of the 76ers. The Western Conference’s starting pool is James of the Lakers, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks, Nikola Jokić of the Denver Nuggets and Kawhi Leonard of the Clippers.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will select the replacement for any player unable to participate in the All-Star Game, appointing a player from the same conference as the player being replaced.

Philadelphia head coach Doc Rivers and his team earned the spot to coach Durant. Utah Head Coach Quin Snyder and his team earned the spot to coach Team LeBron.

Below is a closer look at the All-Star Game reserves and a full list of this year’s All-Star selections.

NBA 2021 All-Star Game Reserves

Eastern Conference Player Pool

  • Jaylen Brown, Celtics (1st All-Star Selection): Brown joins Tatum to offer Boston multiple All-Star selections for the third time in the past four seasons.
  • James Harden, nets (9e All-Star Selection): With Harden selected as a reserve and Durant and Irving as a start, the Nets have three NBA All-Stars in the same season for the first time in franchise history.
  • Zach LaVine, bulls (1st All-Star Selection): Two-time AT&T Slam Dunk champion and former Rising Stars MVP, LaVine is Chicago’s first NBA All-Star since Jimmy Butler in the 2016-17 season.
  • Julius Randle, Knicks (1st All-Star Selection): Randle is the first New York player selected as an All-Star since Kristaps Porzingis in the 2017-18 season.
  • Ben Simmons, 76ers (3rd All-Star Selection): The 24-year-old Australian followed his winning Kia NBA Rookie of the Year season in 2017-18 with three consecutive All-Star selections.
  • Jayson Tatum, Celtics (2nd who turns 23 four days before
  • All-Star Selection): This is the second consecutive All-Star selection for Tatum, the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.
  • Nikola Vučević, Magic (2nd All-Star Selection): Vučević is an All-Star for the second time in the past three seasons.

Western Conference player pool

  • Anthony Davis, Lakers (8e All-Star Selection): Davis, who scored a record 52 points in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, is an All-Star for the eighth consecutive year.
  • Paul George, Clippers (7e All-Star Selection): A seventh All-Star in the past nine seasons, George set a record nine three-pointers and scored 41 points in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.
  • Rudy Gobert, Jazz (2nd All-Star Selection): Two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Kia scored 21 points and tallied 11 rebounds in his All-Star Game debut last year.
  • Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers (6e All-Star Selection): Lillard is the second player to be named a six-time All-Star with Portland, along with Clyde Drexler (eight caps with the Trail Blazers).
  • Donovan Mitchell, Jazz (2nd All-Star Selection): Mitchell joins Utah teammate Gobert as a Star for the second year in a row.
  • Chris Paul, Suns (11e All-Star Selection): Paul became the third player to be named All-Star with four different franchises, joining Moses Malone and Shaquille O’Neal.
  • Zion Williamson, Pelicans (1st All-Star Selection): Williamson, 20, is set to become the fourth youngest player to play in the NBA All-Star Game, behind Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Magic Johnson.




Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)

Bradley Beal (Washington)

Stephen Curry (Golden State)

Luka Dončić (Dallas)

* Kevin Durant (Brooklyn)

Joel Embiid (Philadelphia)

Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn)

* LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)

Nikola Jokić (Denver)

Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers)

*Team captain

Jaylen Brown (Boston)

Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers)

Paul George (LA Clippers)

Rudy Gobert (Utah)

James Harden (Brooklyn)

Zach LaVine (Chicago)

Damian Lillard (Portland)

Donovan Mitchell (Utah)

Chris Paul (Phoenix)

Julius Randle (New York)

Ben Simmons (Philadelphia)

Jayson Tatum (Boston)

Nikola Vučević (Orlando)

Zion Williamson (New Orleans)

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