Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at 7:30 pm  |  110 responses

2012 NBA All-Star Reserves Announced

Tonight, the NBA All-Star reserves were announced, and the League’s website has the full list. (Happy, unhappy with the selections?): “Perennial All-Stars Paul Pierce and Dirk Nowitzki have been chosen as All-Stars for the 10th and 11th time, respectively, and headline the list of 14 players that have been selected by the coaches as reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, the NBA announced today … Joining Pierce as reserves on the East squad are Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, Roy Hibbert, Andre Iguodala, Joe Johnson, and Deron Williams.

Nowitzki, whose 11 selections are consecutive, is joined on the West team by reserves LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, Kevin Love, Steve Nash, Tony Parker, and Russell Westbrook.”

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  • shutup

    Happy for Tony Parker, Aldridge and Nash. not sure about Hibbert. I dont think Dirk deserved this but I can understand why he made it. Congrats to Westbrook too

  • ripslam

    Roy Hibbert over Rajon Rondo? What a joke.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Marc over Pau? Interesting. Monta should’ve made it over Dirk and Josh Smith over Luol Deng.

  • shutup

    I think they had to pick reserve centers that would explain Gasol and Hibbert

  • poompa

    rondo for mvp!

  • ken foti

    It’s a travesty Varajeo didnt get selected,he is playing at an All-Star level this season…

  • Ken

    I like Dirk, but he didn’t deserve it this year. Not even close. NYT had a breakdown of it which laid it out pretty clearly.

  • Havana

    I can’t believe that Deron Williams was selected. I don’t think you should make it on talent and past achievements alone. You would hope that one would also be playing inspiring ball right now. I would much rather have seen Brandon Jennings or Kyrie Irving in that spot.

    I guess Williams himself has been snubbed in the past, so things have evens out for him. It’s also hard to believe that with the current talent boom that we are in the midst of, that Roy Hibbert can make an All-Star team. I can’t stand watching the Pacers play, but I am pretty sure that Carlos Boozer, KG (defense), Tyson Chandler (defense), or even an Andre Bargani,in that spot

  • Havana

    sorry for the spelling

  • ripslam

    ^Bosh could’ve been selected as a center, and one of the guards as a wild card pick. Rondo is averaging 13 and 10 as the best player on the Celtics. Come on. Happy for P-Squared and Iguodala though.
    Deng has been injured for a large part of the season, that was a surprise. Also, realistically, Dirk did not deserve his spot this year. I understand, respect for the reigning Finals MVP, blah blah blah, but his production has fallen off hard this season.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Biggest snub, is easily Josh Smith. Should be picked before all of Luol Deng, Roy Hibbert, Andre Iguodala, Joe Johnson, and maybe Deron Williams.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Dirk, Nash, MGasol and DWill have no business being on the team.

  • http://www.blogspot.com LLC#12

    I’ll admit I dislike Rondo, but leaving him out is not right..Luol Deng 100% deserves it in my eyes, but Dirkules does not, as great as he is, he hasn’t shown it this season.

  • AD

    dwill made it bcuz he deserved it @havanna… if he would of played accordind to his pat achievements.

    he would be starting

  • http://slamonline.com ClydeTheGlide

    WOW… Way to snub Kyle Lowry, Rudy Gay and Josh Smith.

    And no love for the Nuggets either (a winning team)? I know Gallinari is injured but Ty Lawson is as equally deserving.

  • ripslam

    The Nets are 8-19. They’re barely better than they were pre-trade last year. Deron had a slow start to the season and only started producing up to his usual standards about a week ago. SMH

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    No one on an 8-19 team “deserves” anything.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    *screaming from bandwagon*

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    seriously though, Hibbert?

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    I’d probably take Jennings over Deron at this point…and Hibbert gets the award for the Dale Davis/Tyrone Hill All-Star.

  • Bt

    Anyone who says Nash doesn’t deserve his spot is kidding themselves. He’s leading the league in assists, having a borderline 50/40/90 season and if the suns were in the east they would be the 8th seed. (1-12 in the west would be in the playoffs in the east) Oh and the third scoring option on the team is jarred Dudley.

  • AD

    roy hibbert should of made it last year….. brandon jenning is too inconsistent. but idk why steve nash is there monta ellis has been ballin or kyle lowry at least

  • Willlkh

    Jennings. Over deron. Josh smith over deng (injuries). Nba coach are losers considering they are del negro, flip Saunders,

  • robb

    I really wanted to see Jennings selected. This year he’s been particularly consistent, more than Deron at least.

  • 23

    Nash def deserves it. But if his name swapped with lowry I would be ok with that. But this guy nash puts up unreal numbers for his age and is all heart. He deserves every accolade he recieves.

  • FM

    Andy Varejao over Roy Hibbert every day all day. He’s been great this year for the cavs.

  • Lan

    I like Deron but he shouldn’t be on this All Star team. Not with such a poor team record. Otherwise, got no complaints.

  • Red

    Deng made it! You have to be crazy to think Marc didn’t deserve it. As far as Hibbert goes it should be Boozer instead I think. This is a crazy, goofy year and the line-up is really weird as hell.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Nash deserves it, but Kyle Lowry was seriously robbed. I think he deserves to be in ahead of Marc Gasol. The Grizzlies are barely staying afloat at .500. His 15 and 10 are nice, but no All-Stars from Houston? Damn…

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I live in Toronto. If I hear 1 more person say that Andrea Bargnani should be an All-Star, I will begin to bleed profusely from my ears . . .

  • AdamD

    Josh Smith is arguably more important than Joe Johnson, i think his is the third year in a row where he has had a legitimate case. It’s not just the fact that he is playing great, line-up of Josh, Lebron, Rose, Howard and Wade would be a dunk-a-thon.

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  • Red

    Did anyone hear Shaq say Rondo is the best PG in the L? Lmaoo Barkley was like is Rose dead?

  • http://bulls.com airs

    Congrats Lieutenant Deng!!

  • manu

    Disgusted that josh smith and Rudy gay aren’t all stars

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  • Red

    LMAO BRANDON JENNINGS dude you’re so hilarious.



  • jpm34

    Josh Smith deserved it more than Joe Johnson. Smoove is the matchup nightmare. Rondo, Monta,n Rudy have cases too. R.i.p. 2 KG n Timmy Duncan’s all-star streaks. Wont quite feel right without them.

  • Shifty

    Great for PP34. He deserves it. Rondo should of been in ahead of deron and Jennings deserved a spot. Before he got injured deng was playing great so I’m not to angst about him win picked. Marc gasol is understated I think he deserves a spot. Kg should of been in as well for Roy hibbert. Dirk doesn’t deserve to be there and can’t believe they have three point guards on te wests team. Yeah def a weird line up. Unsure about joe Johnson. I would rather have josh smith. Only way monta Ellis is gettin to te all star team is I he is playing for a team in the east. Don’t know why he always gets snubbed like I know golden states records army that great but jeez hes playing pretty good.

  • Shifty

    Sorry for spelling. iphone

  • jpm34

    Roy Hibbert over Danny Granger REALLY??????

  • jpm34

    Brandon Jennings will get there someday, but right now he isnt consistant enough yet.

  • jpm34

    I know Gallinari is hurt but he shoulda got honorable mention or somethin. The Nuggets are playin really well.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chubachuchi

    Damn, smith is snubbed for the second time, al horfords first all-star appearance should of been J-smooves first and now he’s being over-looked by JJ. Dirk said with his own mouth that he didn’t deserve to be a all-star, so why the hell did the coaches vote for him?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    ^Slam still aint fixed this sh*t, smh

  • seaniiiiiiiiiiiiiii

    who ever said dwill shouldnt be an all star probably dont no anything about him he has nooooooo help and he has 8 wins by himself and if he had brook lopez they would be 12 to 14 wins. this guy as the same vision as nash rondo and he shoots better than every elite guard other than nash or cp3 yes that means he shoots better than rose….

  • Bt

    As for the Nash Lowry argument 14pts 13assts (7-7 fg) for nash today, 14pts 1ast (5-13 fg) fo Lowry.

  • http://slamonline house

    You are KIDDING yourself if you think J.Smith is more deserving of an ALL star vote than Luol Deng. I am very glad Deng got in. However I think J. Smith has been outplaying He Of The Undeserving Contract aka Mr Joe Johnson. However D. Will is a different story, sending the wrong message if someone with a losing record, (of that magnitude) gets in. He is an awesome player but it just seems that a lot of these types of allstar votes are given on the basis of individual performance instead of over-all team performance. Its a shame that the season has been so brutal because a number of people who have been playing really well haven’t been selected because of injury, i.e, Gallinari etc. Its a kinda of f*cked up lineup really.

  • Havana

    Whoever made the point about NBA coaches being losers. I wonder when the actual voting for the All-Star reserves actually happens. Did it happen just over the last few days. If not what happens with coaches (a la Saunders) who have been fired midway through the season, yet were able to still lodge a vote.

    Just to clarify, I think Deron is the best player of the aforementioned 3, and one of my favorite players in the league. However I do not think that someone who is biding their time to potentially leave as a free agent and playing pretty uninspiring ball, should get in over two hungrier players that have played all out. When I think of this season I won’t remember it as one of Deron’s finer seasons, however I will remember it as the season that Brandon stepped it up a notch and that Kyrie had a historically impressive Rookie season

  • Brandon

    So happy to see Steve Nash, Dirk doesn’t deserve it, I think Kyle Lowry should have a spot.

  • http://sfklf.com Jukai

    As big of a fan as I am, kinda shocked Nash made it. I think he made it on the “damn, this guy is 38-years-old?” factor and not the “he is helping his team and really deserving it factor.”
    Josh Smith god robbed hardcore. I feel for that dude. He maybe deserved it over JJ. Josh is doing 15.6/8.9/3.2 with 1.5 and 2.0 on 47%. Joe Johnson is dropping 18.6/4.0/3.7/0.8/0.3 on 43%. Yeah, gimme J Smooth.
    Dirk definitely robbed someone of a deserving spot. Lowry, looking at you.
    Marc Gasol deserves it as much as Rudy Gay. It was a judgement call and I guess the west needed a center. Weird that the hairier Gasol brother made it though.
    Kinda with Gallinari got an all-star nod. So what if he’s injured, vote him in to honor him and then pick someone else.

  • AD

    its an ALL STAR GAME……. not a SUPERSTAR GAME…… Is Brandon Jennings an all star. NO! Is Josh smith an allstar No! All stars who did not make it did not play uo to par, its that simple. If it was about winning ,Tim Duncan would be in case closed ppl I do agree that dirk shouldnt have been in but honestly, theres no other pf in the west to replace him. Ppl like seeing one foot fade aways is the way the coaches look at it. Plus the allstar game has been whack for at least a decade. The last competitive one was the game with mj in int.. All they do is dunk and shoot open shots..

  • Jose

    Who else is going to play the 3 for the West? KD, Kobe can somewhat; Blake and Love are best options after those two,

  • r2j

    East: Deng congrats despite the late injury, Paul Pierce? Not sure about that one, glad to see Igudala on there so Philly can say someone else beside Allen Iverson make team, Roy Hibbert is OK, D-Will is their only source of offense. Snubs: Brandon Jennings he’ll be in this game next year, David West improved Indiana this year, Josh Smith is very underrated now. Put him in. West: Dirk shouldn’t be there, Aldrige made it FINALLY!!! Snubs: Rudy Gay has had a nice recovery from his injury last year, Gallinari will be an all-star if Denver continues winning and Kyle Lowery should get some love too. Looking forward to the All Star game.

  • BBaller

    Duncan over Dirk, Josh Smith over Joe Johnson, my only disagreements. All the rest are deserving although i would not stress that point for D.Will this year. Lets hope it’s a good exhibition for BBall!!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    MONTA ELLIS KYLE LOWRY…..noooooooooo SMH

  • Red

    Knowing Coach Thibs the East will be running full plays & playing organized while the West runs around confused lol.

  • shutup

    I agree with what one of the commentators said during the OKC game James Harden should have gotten one of those spots he is ranked #1 in almost every major stat category for coming off the bench and due can fill it up, and OKC has the best record in the league, just saying

  • Jono

    LUOL DENG?!?!?!

  • Justin G.

    Nash deserves his spot for sure. Pierce, DWill, and especially Nowtizki do not. Much respect for Nowitzki but he even said in an interview (posted here on SLAM I believe) that he did not deserve to be there. I’m sure he’d rather not play and take the extra rest but maybe he’ll play a few minutes and sit the rest. I’d rather he gave up the spot to someone a little more deserving but that doesn’t happen. Jennings was definitely robbed too

  • Armando

    Don’t like this… Rondo and Smith are the obvious snubs and though Hibbert is having a decent season for a decent team, there’s not way he’s an all-star, there can be made an argument that he’s not even the second best player on the Pacers, at least not better than Rondo or Smith.. I don’t have that many problems with the west squad. Glad to see Nash and Parker on there… Don’t think Nowitzki should have made it, although I can kind of see why. I previously said I’d take Ellis… somehow I completely forgot about Lowry.

    The All-Snub Team:

    OK, not all of these are All-Star worthy, but they’re the next 12, and serious cases could be made for Rondo and Smith (who should be in), Jennings, Ellis, Irving, Lowry, P.Gasol (It’s not like he’s been bad, still putt’n up 17-10 with 3 ast and good percentages – all as the 3rd option), Duncan and Gay… Granger, Stoudemire and Jefferson would be strethces, but that could certainly be said about Hibbert as well.

  • Blakos

    @teddy. Don’t forget Marcs monster defensive stats. Houstn aren’t playing that flash either. Marc holdng fort down low all seasn without zebo and darrel arthur.

  • Blakos

    Smoove robbed for sure

  • Blakos

    Sean. Deron has shot 40% this year. No help obviously but still.

  • nwa

    If anything Josh Smith should be there with Joe Johnson..oh, Joe is deserving of a spot regardless of what some may think IMO…They would not be in the thick of the eastern conference without him.

  • Harlem_World

    For those hating on Deng – he’s the second best player on the best team in the NBA right now. His numbers rack up with Smith and any/all other potential candidates at 16/7 and he’s one of the top SF defender in the league right now. He sat out some games with the wrist, but so have so many others. He’s deserving, no doubt. DWill? Not sure about that one. His team is just too terrible. If he makes it on his numbers, K Love should have made it last year. Numbers on a pi$$-poor team don’t mean anything.

  • L

    To me the biggest snub is Brandon Jennings. He deserves it with the way he’s been leading his team and putting up nice numbers. Milwaukee is in the playoff race too. I would have taken him over Dwill and Jsmith over PP.
    On the west squad, i’m sorry but 15 good games makes you a more worthy all star than the last finals MVP Dirk aka Al Jefferson, Paul Milsap. I’m ok with the west squad, maybe Kyle Lowry would have been a better choice than Nash but it’s not that obvious to me.L

  • Wayne

    I know Nash, Westbrook etc are better players right now than Rubio, but purely for entertainment purposes it would of been good if Rubio made the roster. Some of his passes during games are sick, so I think with his style of play he could thrive in a game like the all star game. Maybe in a few years, if he keeps going in the right direction, he will be in there throwing some sweet dimes.

  • http://Www.casbaentertainment.com NSChi

    Tow of the most underrated players in the league Luol Deng the best defensive 3 in the league not to me consistent and dependable for multiple seasons like a Well tuned machine. And LaMarcus Aldridge.

  • doug

    joe johnson, hibbert should not have been on this roster.. they shafted rudy gay?? jeeze

  • http://moontain.org Fredd

    just very happy for Tony Parker, at least he’s making one more All Star team before the end of his career, good.

  • Drig

    Definitely can’t understand how Pau/Lowry didn’t make the team instead of Dirk/Marc. Definitely not.

    Can’t warp my head around how Deng/Hibbert made the team instead of JSmooth/Rondo.

    Seriously, WTF is the coaching staff doing?! Nash, DWill are arguable cases but how in hell does Hibbert deserve to be an All-Star???!?!? And Deng sat out 1/4th of the effing season!! 1/4th!!

  • http://blog.tambayanbox.org iskolares

    MGasol doesn’t deserve his spot? SERIOUSLY!? Name another Center in the West that has played better than MGasol then we’ll talk.

    Hibbert made the team because they need a Center. If Horford was playing or Bogut, they would have made it instead of Hibbert. As far as I remember, JSmith is no Center.

    And I do agree that Rondo should have been picked instead of DWill.. JSmooth over J. Johnson. PMillsap or AJefferson over Dirk.

  • Justin G.

    BTW Da Meat Hook…if Bargnani didn’t get injured he would have been an All Star. :-)

  • David M.

    Dirk and Luol Deng shouldn’t be in this ASG. Josh Smith was snubbed. Monta Ellis was snubbed. Rudy Gay was snubbed. Brandon Jennings was snubbed. Rajon Rondo was snubbed. The coaches had to be smokin something when they made these picks! LOL!

  • Bravo

    I live in Toronto and barns shoulve made the cut even tho dude is injured.

  • seun

    deron williams is averaging 20 points a game as well as 8 assists with a player efficiency rating of 20 he deserves to be in this game now dirk is a different story, al jefferson or paul milsap should have made it instead of dirk, roy hibbert had to make it because they needed another big man so they went with hibbert i think because the pacers have a better record than the raptors, and the cavs.

  • DieselMechanic

    Where’s Rondoooooooooooooooo???

  • marc

    Damn i wanted brandon jennings to make it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Greg Monroe is the second mest center in the East…do you all honestly think Roy Hibbert is better than him? SMH…

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    Listen everybody you don’t deserve to be an all-star if your the best player on a bad team. Roy Hibbert and Iggy deserve to be all-stars as for Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, and my favorite Rudy Gay don’t deserve it.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    Y’all aren’t watching basketball if you don’t think luol should be in.
    Y’all are watching highlights. Shame.

  • Noah fan

    Where is Joakim Noah????.?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Um, Deron Williams is averaging 20 and 8. That’s a career high in points.
    Exactly why doesn’t he belong on the team since he’s the second or third best guard in the East?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t have a problem with All-Stars from bad or mediocre teams if the player is clearly superior to any other choice. Outside of Rose and Wade no other guard in the East is on Deron’s level as a player. Period.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I don’t really have any gripes. I personally would have had Ellis over Parker, but I completely understand why Parker got more votes.

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    Once again no love for Monta… smh. I would’ve pick him over Parker. And Pau over Dirk. But you just can’t deny the reigning Finals MVP.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    My only gripe is Joe Johnson. Don’t think he deserves it over his own teammate.
    But do the reserves have to be certain positions? Wouldn’t want Deng or Iggy taken off there either.
    I’m not surprised some people have a problem with Deng making it.
    So many people think Derrick Rose does everything for the Bulls, little do they know Thibs doesn’t get nervous when he takes out Rose for a few minutes and subs in another PG but he starts hyperventilating when Deng isn’t on the court.
    Again, there’s a reason he plays him 40 minutes plus a game.
    And there’s a reason why the Bulls went 4-3 without him.
    Whatever though, y’all keep thinking he’s a “Jammer Nelson/Mo Williams not really deserving but hes the second best player on the best team in the East” pick.

  • Charlie

    You idiots who are saying guarda and fowards that shoulda
    Gone over hibbert and gasol, just stop talking there has to be one reserve center and thise two are both great centers who deserve to be there

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  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Josh Smith gets snubbed year after year, because he purposely defecates in the visitors locker room showers night after night. You heard it here first.

  • MaxIsNative

    It was a good run, Duncan, 13 years straight.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    lmaoooooo spaceship jay! and i get that deng is important but is he really playing better basketball right now than JOSH SMITH? bc smith is BEASTING right now. i would put smith over deng here. although deng is definitely worthy of a selection here.

  • mick

    lets hope kobe does not shot jack all thought the game

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    I’m saying, f*ck what positions they play, they should just take Johnson off and out Smoove in there.
    Him, Deng and Iggy are all more deserving than Johnson.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I’m with Enigmatic that all of them are more deserving then Joe Johnson.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    I have major beef with dirk on the team. Can’t believe josh smith didn’t make it.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    @ Bravo, Amir Johnson is playing C for the Raps this year. Which makes Bargs a PF (if you wanna call him that). Bosh, Deng, Pierce, which one of these forwards (and that’s not even mentioning Josh Smith, Amare, Mello, Granger and even KG) should have been left out in order to free up room for Bargs???

  • LP

    Everybody can’t make the team, guys… I know you think otherwise.

  • bashmo

    At least Lamarcus got in..about damn time. I like the west squad, save Dirk. And I don’t like Paul Pierce on the East squad. Iguodala, Deng, Hibbert all deserve it. Their teams are beasting so far and they have been keys to that success. I’d rather have JSmoove over pierce

  • 15sexualfavors

    Millsap snubbed again.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    Feel bad for Brandon Jennings. He’s playing all star worthy ball but there is a ton of good guards in the east. No Rondo surprised me. He missed 8 games but so what! Dirk definitely surprised me and Tony Parker made it because of the numbers he put up last week!

  • sinjun

    roy hibbert, joe johnson, chris bosh….thats a joke! No rondo, jenning, noah.

  • Armando

    @Enigmatic: I totally agree. That’s what I’ve been saying all along. And Charlie, there is a loophole for the coaches in that they can name a forward who plays center on a regular basis as the backup C, thus talking about replacing Hibbert with a guard or a forward and naming Bosh the backup center makes sense. It should be the 12 best players regardless of position and Hibbert is not one of the 12 best players in the Eastern conference, does anyone really think Hibbert is better than Rondo and Smith? I have no problem with DWill making it, or any other superb player on a bad team as Allenp says. The West squad is fine except for Dirk over Gay, Pau or Lowry.

  • Armando

    …or Ellis

  • DSmith

    I can’t believe my eyes…… Roy Hibbert over Boozer or Noah…… The NBA has truely fallen off in the past couple of years awarding All-Star positions to players who haven’t really earned them. Yes they are making up gor the past snubs with Dwill…. Dirk definitely didnt deserve a spot just because of his title last season seein as his production is down!!

  • charles

    tony parker overemonta ellis who is doing these votes people

  • charles

    people don’t know talent tony parker over monta ellis who ever voted is so clue less about basketball

  • Marcus

    Probably the players that deserve to be on that list is Monta Ellis, Al Jefferson, Rudy Gay and Paul Milsap