Although the reserves for the NBA All-Star Game have not been announced, Thunder star forward Kevin Durant is a unanimous choice of TNT studio analysts to be picked for the West team. The team will be announced at 6 p.m. Thursday on TNT’s pregame show.
Durant, Mavericks center Dirk Nowitzki and Trail Blazers guard are unanimous choices of TNT analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Chris Webber.
Barkley said he didn’t pick Lakers forward Pau Gasol because he has missed 17 games due to injury. He said he didn’t pick Hornets guard Chris Paul because he felt Rockets guard Aaron Brooks should be rewarded for his excellent play and the Rockets have a better record than the Hornets.
Unanimous picks for the East team are Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace and Raptors forward Chris Bosh.
Here are their selections:
TNT’s West All-Star picks
Chris Webber: Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant, Brandon Roy, Chris Paul, Zach Randolph, Carl Landry, Chris Kaman
Kenny Smith: Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant, Brandon Roy, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Aaron Brooks, Pau Gasol.
Charles Barkley: Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant, Brandon Roy, Zach Randolph, Deron Williams, Aaron Brooks, Chris Kaman.
TNT’s East All-Star picks
Chris Webber: Rajon Rondo, Gerald Wallace, Chris Bosh, Mo Williams, Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce, Shaquille O’Neal.
Kenny Smith: Rajon Rondo, Gerald Wallace, Chris Bosh, Mo Williams, David Lee, Paul Pearce, Chris Rose.
Chris Webber: Rajon Rondo, Gerald Wallace, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen, David Lee, Joakin Noah, Joe Johnson