NBA All-Star Rosters 2016: List of Starters, Predictions for East, West Reserves

January 27th, 2016 by Andrew Gould Leave a reply »

No All-Star Game features a higher threshold of inclusion than the NBA's selective affair. 

So many NFL players bow out of the Pro Bowl that the league eventually invites barely above-average players to fill the rosters. In an attempt to make everyone feel invested, MLB requires each team to have at least one All-Star representative.

The NBA All-Star Game, however, is an entirely different animal. For starters, the same superstars tend to win the fan vote whether they're at the peak of their prowess (Stephen Curry, LeBron James) or still coasting on their legacy (Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade to a lesser extent). Once the polls are closed, each conference only has seven spots left to fill.

Some obvious starting snubs will be fast-tracked to the Toronto festivities, leaving few vacant spots for fringe candidates. Will the coaches also favor the legendary veterans? Will they only show love to stars from the league's top teams, leaving individual excellence unnoticed? The choices aren't easy on either side.

Eastern Conference

The fans stepped up at the last minute, avoiding a ...

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