New Orleans forward Zion Williamson can now be called an NBA All-Star, and only three others in the 70-year history of the game have entered there at an early age.
Williamson is one of four first-time All-Stars, all revealed on Tuesday night when the league announced reserves for the March 7 game in Atlanta. Joining him as fellow All-Star crooks: Jaylen Brown of Boston, Julius Randall of the Knicks and Zac Lavin of Chicago.
Chris Paul of Phoenix is an All-Star for the 11th time, and James Harden of the Nets is one for the ninth consecutive year. The remaining reserves include Ben Simmons of Philadelphia, Jason Tatum of Boston and Nikola Vusevic of Orlando from the Eastern Conference, Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers – Paul George, Utah teammates Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert and Portland. Damien Lillard from the Western Conference.
“It’s definitely an honor,” Mitchell said.
LeBron James, the captain of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets will draft their teams next week. The roster will be unveiled on March 4. The fans, initially revealed last week, were selected through a combination of voting with NBA players. And a media panel.
The reservation was chosen through voting by the league’s head coaches.
“You do the best job you can,” Orlando coach Steve Clifford said. “It’s not easy. … Every year, it’s tough, and when you look at this year in the East there were many people who are qualified to make it. So, it’s hard every year.”
Trey Young of Atlanta, an All-Star last season, entered Tuesday with 26.9 points despite not having one selected this year. Miami forward Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler did not make the cut, nor did Phoenix’s Devin Booker.
“Devin Booker is the most disrespectful player in our league !!!! Simple as that, ”James tweeted.
Mike Conley of Utah – NBA-leading jazz someone was desperate to see there for the first time – also remembered it.
As Mitchell said Conley, “For a person like him who has done a lot of things in his career and off the floor, he deserves it.”
Not enough coaches agreed. There is still a chance for Conley, as Davis is likely to miss the game due to injury. NBA commissioner Adam Silver will choose a replacement for any injury; A player who bows outside will be replaced by someone else from his respective conference.
Williamson is 20 years old and his co-stars Bryant James and Magic Johnson were younger in their All-Star debut. Six other 20-year-olds have been selected for previous All-Star Games, but all were close to their 21st birthday at the time Williamson is now.
Randall has been the best player for the Knucks, trying to make it to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Brown has a career-best 25.5 points for Boston. And LaVine has been to All-Star multiple times before the weekend, winning two dunk contests and one MVP award at the Ranks Stars game. But this would be his first time in the All-Star Game.
James and Durant will choose one of the first eight other starters for their teams when the draft occurs: Milwaukee’s Giannis Entetoconumpo, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Golden States ‘Stephen Curry, Dallas’ Luo Donsick, Philadelphia’s Joel Mbid, Qui Irving of Brooklyn, Qui Leonard of Denver Nicocola Los Angeles Clippers.