NBA All-Star Game Reserves Feature Fresh, New Talent

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The reserves were announced on Thursday for the National Basketball Association All-Star Game on Feb. 17 in Houston. There is a very clear trend when looking at the reserves in that ten of the reserves are making either the first or second appearance in the All-Star Game. That just brings a new and fresh take to the game instead of seeing the same old players every single season. I couldn’t be more pleased to see that happen.

The fans will get to see players like Kyrie Irving, Jrue Holiday, David Lee and Paul George on a big stage when maybe they don’t get the same media coverage as the big-name players or players on big-name teams. While everyone is going to look at the snubs like Brook Lopez and Paul Pierce, I want to praise the head coaches in the NBA for putting new players into this game. I will be curious to see if there are any nerves from these players during their first time on the big stage.

The reserves also include Tim Duncan, who made it for the 14th time and may be making his last All-Star appearance, so that will be a storyline to keep an eye on. This will be a different All-Star Game with all the new blood in it. It could lead to either more defense being played – which isn’t likely – or just a game where the newest All-Stars take every moment to shine on the court, and proving why they are there in the first place. It will be a game that is more watchable than recent years’.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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