One month before the 2017 All-Star Game tips off in New Orleans, this year's starting rosters were announced on TNT.
All 10 players undoubtedly deserved All-Star selections, although you can quibble with whether they should be starters or reserves. And on that note, we're here to fill in the rest of both squads with the most deserving candidates left in the NBA.
A quick reminder: The NBA no longer differentiates players by position, instead using the "backcourt" and "frontcourt" designations. Each All-Star team consists of two starting backcourt players, three starting frontcourt players, two backcourt reserves, three frontcourt reserves, and two wildcard reserves.
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Backcourt: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
CP3's injury means he'll miss the All-Star Game, but we're still going to recognize his all-around play with a reserve selection — especially since we can use an injury replacement below to sneak in a 13th player in the West.
Admittedly, this is a bit of a biased pick. We love Marc Gasol, and his return to form is one of the best stories of the season. But if you want an objective case, look no further than the Grizzlies' record. Without Big Spain, Memphis would be in the NBA's basement. With Gasol, the Grizzlies are a dangerous playoff squad.
The Jazz have the second best defense in the NBA, which starts and ends with the Stifle Tower. If you don't believe Gobert is an All-Star now, wait until he's breaking the Warriors' collective spirit in a year or two.
The Jazz aren't just a defensive-minded team, of course, and Hayward is the offensive engine in Utah. We're giving him the nod for the Jazz's team success.
Western Conference snubs
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors; Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs; DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers; Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
Thompson is our pick to replace CP3, giving the Warriors a well-earned four All-Star selections. That leaves Lillard as the biggest snub in the West, and we hate to leave him off the roster yet again. Unfortunately, Portland's surprising struggles this season put Lillard behind Hayward and Thompson in our view.
We would have had IT4 as a starter this year, so obviously he makes the team as a reserve. As we noted earlier this week, he's on pace to put up the highest per-game scoring average for a Celtic since Larry Bird.
We fell in love with DeMar DeRozan's scoring to start the season, and so did the voters. But let's give credit where credit is due. Lowry's skill as a playmaker and his defensive tenacity makes him Toronto's real No. 1 All-Star candidate.