Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks are among the 14 reserves chosen by coaches for the National Basketball Association All-Star game.
Nowitzki is on the roster for the 11th straight year, while Pierce will make his 10th consecutive appearance. Kevin Garnett of the Celtics was left out, ending a run of 14 selections in a row, while Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs was also omitted, bringing his streak of 13 straight appearances to a close.
Joining Pierce on the East roster are Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls, Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers, Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers, Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks and Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets.
Nowitzki, the Most Valuable Player in last year’s NBA Finals, is joined on the West team by LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers, Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns, Tony Parker of the Spurs and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Deng, Hibbert, Iguodala, Aldridge and Gasol are first-time All-Stars. Love and Westbrook head to the game a second time, Williams earns his third trip, Parker his fourth, Johnson his sixth and Bosh his seventh. Nash, at 38 the oldest player in this year’s game, is an All-Star for the eighth time.
The All-Star game will be played Feb. 26 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Coaches for the East and West teams will be determined by the best conference records as of Feb. 15.
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