Tyrese Haliburton, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lauri Markkanen and Jaren Jackson Jr earn TOP All-Star selections, with Joel Embiid, Julius Randle and more rounding out reserve lists
Four players, one from the East and three from the West, were named to their first All-Star teams on Thursday night.
Tyrese Haliburton, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lauri Markkanen and Jaren Jackson Jr received first-team recognition as a who’s-who of stars rounded out the rest of the reserve lists.
Haliburton is averaging 20.2 points, 10.2 assists and four rebounds per night for Indiana.
Meanwhile, Gilgeous-Alexander ranks fifth in the league in scoring (30.8 ppg), Markkanen (24.9 ppg) is having a career year for a surprisingly competitive Jazz team, and Jackson Jr. (3.3 blocks per game) is one of the frontrunners for Defensive Player of the Year.
Also named reserves in the East were Joel Embiid, DeMar DeRozan, Jaylen Brown, Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle.
Embiid is a genuine MVP candidate for the Sixers averaging 33.5 points and 10.1 rebounds, and many fans disagree that he isn’t a starter.
This is the first All-Star selection of Tyrese Haliburton’s young career.
Donovan Mitchell, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum and Giannis Antetokounmpo were previously named as the East’s top five.
In the west, Ja Morant, Domantas Sabonis, Paul George and Damian Lillard were also named as reserves.
LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, Zion Williamson, Stephen Curry and Luka Doncic were previously announced as the West starters.