On Thursday night, the NBA 2014 All-Star Game reserves will be announced for both the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference. When the starters were announced there were some obvious surprises. The main one, of course, was that Kobe Bryant was named a starter for the West. Bryant hasn’t played but in a handful of games all season due to injury.
There is much speculation as to who will be on the team when the reserves are announced. The reserves are chosen by the coaches, unlike the starters who are chosen by the fans, and there is one name that should be in the lineup for the Western Conference All-Stars.
If Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki isn’t chosen by the coaches as one of the 14 reserves, something is wrong. There has been a lot of people talking about him getting a “sentimental” vote because of his career and what he has done for the game of basketball.
I would argue that Dirk deserves to be on the team based on his performance this season. Dirk is averaging 21.2 points per game for the Mavericks which is good enough for No. 13 in the league. He is also averaging six rebounds per game.
Dirk is having a great shooting season for Dallas and should be rewarded for it. I have no problem with Dirk not being a starter in the game, but it would be a shame for his name to not be called on Thursday night as one of the reserves.