The all-star starters have been chosen by the fans, media and players. Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are the western conference’s starting frontcourt. Steph Curry (who is the leading vote getter for the West) and James Harden are the back court. Now, it’s time to fill the rest of the places. While it’s true that the All-star game format will be different this year, selection of players for the pool, will be the same. With the starters chosen, now the 8 reserves for each conference are to be chosen by the coaches of the conference. After that, the 2 captains (highest vote getters in each conference), LeBron James and Steph Curry will choose teams from the pool of starters and reserves.
In this article, there are the 8 players from the Western Conference who deserve to be selected for the all-star game. The selection process will follow the existing all-star selection rules, of choosing 2 guards, 3 front court players and 2 wild cards for 7 total.
Here are our predicted Western Conference Reserves
Honourable mentions to: Klay Thompson, Paul George, Blake Griffin, Lou Williams, Nikola Jokic.
Russell Westbrook (6x All Star)
24.8ppg, 9.7rpg, 9.9apg, 2.0 spg.
This choice is a no brainer. It is likely Westbrook will get the most points from other coaches and why not? He would have nearly made the starting list. Once again, the reigning MVP is averaging a near triple double and over 2 steals a game. He has started to develop his chemistry with Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, as the Thunder are trying to make this year work.
Westbrook, while his shooting has been off, has now started to dominate and improve his shooting performances. He is still a man who will take a clutch shot in the dying moments, and carries the weights and expectations of an entire city on his back.
If anything, the explosive and athletic guard, who is a 2x All-star game MVP who has scored 30 points in each of the last 3 games, will make the game fun to watch. Especially, if he is picked in a team with Durant on the other team.