NEW YORK – Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden and Phoenix Suns keeper Chris Paul are leading the list of 14 players selected by NBA head coaches as reserves for the 2021 NBA game. Harden was named All-Star for the ninth year in a row, and Paul earned his 11thth All-Star selection.
70th The NBA All-Star game is played on Sunday, March 7 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, and TNT will broadcast it as part of the NBA All-Star 2021, which will be played one night. TNT’s NBA All-Star coverage will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET with TNT NBA Tip-Off Introduces CarMax, followed by Taco Bell® Skill Challenge and MTN DEW® Competition in 3 points starting at 18:30 ET. NBA All-Star games begin at 8 p.m. ET, and the AT&T Slam Dunk takes place at halftime.
In addition to Harden, reserves of NBA All-Star games selected from the Eastern Conference include Boston Celtics keeper Jaylen Brown and striker Jayson Tatum, Chicago Bulls keeper Zach LaVine, New York Knicks striker Julius Randle, Philadelphia 76ers keeper Ben Simmons and Orlando Magic Center Nikola Vucevic.
Paul is joined as a Western Conference reserve by Los Angeles Lakers striker Anthony Davis, LA Clippers striker Paul George, Uzz Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell keeper, Portland Trail Blazers keeper Damian Lillard and New Orleans Pelicans striker Zion Williamson .
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.
When selecting All-Star game reserves, each NBA head coach voted for seven players at his conference – two guards, three front field players and two additional players in any position. Head coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.
The lineups of All-Star games will be determined through the NBA All-Star Draft, where team captains Kevin Durant of the Nets and LeBron James of the Lakers will choose from a group of players selected as starters and reserves at each conference. TNT will broadcast the NBA All-Star Draft on Thursday, March 4 at 20:00 ET.
Durant and James will choose regardless of the player’s conference position or position. Each captain will put together 11 players to fill the list of 12 players. NBA All-Star Draft rules include:
• Eight players who, along with the two captains, are the starters, will be selected in the first round.
• 14 players who are reserves will be selected in the second round.
• As the best overall winner of the votes among the fans, James will have the first choice in the first round (Starters). Durant will have the first pick in the second round (Reserves).
• The captains will alternate the choices in each round until all the players in that round have been selected.
The 10 starters of the All Star games, unveiled last week, were chosen by fans, current NBA players and a media panel. The starting pool of the Eastern Conference are the Nets ’Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Washington Wizards ’Bradley Beal and Joels Embiid 76ers. The starting pool for the Western Conference are the Lakers’ James, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Kawhi Leonard of the Clippers.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver will select a replacement for any player who cannot participate in an All-Star game, naming a player from the same conference as the player being replaced.
Philadelphia head coach Doc Rivers and his staff have earned a spot for Team Durant coach. Jute head coach Quin Snyder and his staff deserve a place as LeBron coach.
Below is a more detailed overview of All-Star games and a complete list of this year’s All-Star selections
Reserves for all 2021 NBA stars
Eastern Conference Gaming Fund
• Jaylen Brown, Celtics (1st All-Star selection): Brown joined Tatum to give Boston multiple All-Star selections for the third time in four seasons.
• James Harden, Nets (9th All-Star selection): By choosing Harden as a reserve and Durant and Irving as starters, the Nets have their first NBA All Stars in the same season for the first time in franchise history.
• Zach LaVine, bulls (1st All-Star selection): Double AT&T Slam Dunk champion and former MVP Rising Stars, LaVine is the first NBA All-Star star in Chicago since Jimmy Butler in the 2016-17 season.
• Julius Randle, Knicks (1st All-Star selection): Randle is the first New York player to be selected for the All-Star by Kristaps Porzingis in the 2017-18 season.
• Ben Simmons, 76ers (3rd All-Star selection): The 24-year-old Australian followed his Kia NBA rookie of the season winner in the 2017-18 season with three consecutive All-Star selections.
• Jayson Tatum, Celtics (2nd All-Star selection): This is the second consecutive All-Star selection for Tatum, who turns 23 four days before the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.
• Nikola Vučević, Magic (2nd All-Star selection): Vučević is All-Star for the second time in the last three seasons.
Western Conference Player
• Anthony Davis, Lakers (8th All-Star selection): Davis, who scored a record 52 points in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, is the All-Star for the eighth year in a row.
• Paul George, Clippers (7th All-Star selection): All-Star for the seventh time in nine seasons, George made a record nine three-pointers and scored 41 points in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.
• Rudy Gobert, jazz (2nd All-Star selection): The double Kia NBA defensive player of the year scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his debut in last year’s All Star games.
• Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers (6th All-Star selection): Lillard is the second player to be named All-Star six times with Portland, along with Clyde Drexler (eight selections with the Trail Blazers).
• Donovan Mitchell, jazz (2nd All-Star selection): Mitchell joins Utah teammate Gobert as an All-Star for the second year in a row.
• Chris Paul, Suns (11th All-Star selection): Paul became the third All-Star player to win 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 an NBA All-Star game, behind Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Magic Johnson.