So, now it’s time for head coaches in each Conference to vote on the reserves over the next week. Rather than wait for their selections, we thought we’d also choose the most meritorious players due an All-Star reserve slot. Seven openings are allotted in each conference, with two guards, three frontcourt spots, and two wild cards making up the reserve rotation.
Without further ado, here are the definitive 2016 NBA All-Star reserves. We hope you’ll let us hear how we mucked it up in the comments section.
*These reserves were selected based on who we already chose for OUR starting team, so please don’t #wellactually us about how Carmelo Anthony is a starter. We know.*
Wall deserves a starting spot in the Eastern Conference every bit as much as Kyle Lowry does. After hours of comparing and contrasting the floor generals with film study, data dives, and far too many words, we ended up choosing the Toronto Raptors star. Why? Almost solely due to Lowry’s status as the host team’s best player.
Needless to say, Wall is the simplest reserve pick in either conference. He’s the only thing keeping the wildly inconsistent Washington Wizards afloat this season, enjoying a career campaign despite wholesale nightly adjustments gleaned from an overhauled offensive system and a perpetually short-handed roster. Aside from the occasional off-ball defensive lapse and a relatively slow start to the season, the 25-year-old has been consistently excellent in 2015-16. And if the injury bug ever stops biting in Washington, don’t be surprised if Wall is even better when it matters most come spring.