With the starters already set for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, it's time to get down to the ugly business of predicting which reserves will make the cut to join them in New Orleans.
What could possibly be unpleasant about predicting which stars will be honored with reserve nominations?
Well, the snubs, of course.
More than any year in recent memory, 2014 features a glut of deserving candidates out West. And it's going to be impossible to avoid slighting some legitimately worthy players. Even the inferior East has a handful of too-close-to-call races which, of course, we'll go ahead and call anyway.
As a refresher, NBA coaches select the reserves and are required to pick two backcourt players, three frontcourt players and a pair of "wild cards" from any position they like. It's a tough task to predict how the panel of coaches will vote, but making those actual selections is going to be even tougher.
The lesson here? There's nothing easy about being a head coach in the NBA—even when it comes to parts of the job that have nothing to do with coaching.
The official reserves will be named Thursday, Jan. 30 on TNT. With the announcement drawing near, it's time to make final predictions as to which players will wind up in New Orleans and which ones will be nursing a serious case of the snubs.