NBA All-Star Game 2014: Starting Lineup, Reserves, Roster Breakdown

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NBA All-Star Game 2014: Starting Lineup, Reserves, Roster Breakdown
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NBA All-Star Weekend 2014 will culminate with the annual East vs. West star-studded showdown. 

Sunday's 63rd NBA All-Star Game will not only feature a handful of the planet's best players, but a plethora of eye-popping displays of athleticism and skill as well.

Headlined by LeBron James and Kevin Durant, this year's matchup will feature a slew of league superstars along with six first-time participants. With bragging rights at stake, both sides will be aiming to dominate as well as entertain in the Big Easy.

With the stage set for another midseason spectacle, let's take a look at who NBA fans can expect to see on Feb. 16 in New Orleans. 

*All information courtesy of NBA.com.

 

When: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans

Watch: TNT

 

Starting Lineup

2014 NBA All-Star Game Starting Lineup
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Kyrie Irving, G (Cavaliers) Kobe Bryant, G (Lakers)#
Dwyane Wade, G (Heat) Stephen Curry, G (Warriors)*
Carmelo Anthony, F (Knicks) Kevin Durant, F (Thunder)
Paul George, F (Pacers) Blake Griffin, F (Clippers)
LeBron James, F (Heat) Kevin Love, F (Timberwolves)

*first-time selection, #injured and won't participate. Info via NBA.com

While James, Durant, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant have all become All-Star Weekend mainstays over the years, there's an abundance of fresh talent set to take the stage in 2014.

Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry was voted a starter for the Western Conference and will have an opportunity to put his dynamic offensive ability on display from the opening tip this February. On the other side, Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving will get a taste of what it's like to be an All-Star starter as he's set to anchor the East's backcourt. 

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Indiana's Paul George, who's been doing it all on both ends of the floor for the Pacers, will also make his debut as an All-Star starter. George has the Pacers on schedule to finish the regular season with the league's best record and will also be fresh off an appearance in the Slam Dunk Contest.

Lastly, watch out for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, who is making his third All-Star appearance, but his first as a starter. Only Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is averaging more rebounds per game than Love through the first half of the season.

 

Reserves

2014 NBA All-Star Game Reserves
Eastern Conference Western Conference
DeMar DeRozan, G (Raptors)* James Harden, G (Rockets)
Joe Johnson, G (Nets) Damian Lillard, G (Trail Blazers)*
John Wall, G (Wizards)* Tony Parker, G (Spurs)
Chris Bosh, F (Heat) Chris Paul, G (Clippers)
Paul Millsap, F (Hawks)* LaMarcus Aldridge, F (Trail Blazers)
Roy Hibbert, C (Pacers) Anthony Davis, F (Pelicans)*
Joakim Noah, C (Bulls) Dirk Nowitzki, F (Mavericks)
Dwight Howard, C (Rockets)

*first-time selection, #injured and won't participate. Info via NBA.com

Although Curry is the only first-time All-Star selection who will start for either side on Sunday, there are five first-time All-Stars set to come off the bench in New Orleans. 

John Wall, DeMar DeRozan and Paul Millsap are the three newcomers for the Eastern Conference. And while Millsap's game isn't suited for an uptempo exhibition game like this one, Wall and DeRozan are sure to thrill the crowd inside the Smoothie King Center. 

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The two productive guards have Washington and Toronto in the hunt for playoff berths in the Eastern Conference this February and will impress with their shooting touch in addition to their ability to elevate. 

Wall, who will be participating in the Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday Night, appears to be thrilled by the opportunity in front of him this coming weekend, per The Washington Post's Michael Lee:

It’s a great opportunity. It was one of the goals I set for myself, it was big accomplishment for me and my coaching staff and the city of DC with the tough times we’ve been through. It’ll be big, the first time I’ll be there Sunday and not just be there on Saturday night and just enjoying myself.

On the Western Conference squad, Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard are the two first-timers to keep an eye out for. Lillard will be taking part in all five events on All-Star Weekend and has the offensive game to go head-to-head against the league's top players. 

Meanwhile, Davis, who joins an elite list of players to have been named to an All-Star squad prior to their 21st birthday, boasts unrivaled athleticism and can impact a game in almost every way imaginable. 

Davis is replacing Bryant, who will miss the game while recovering from a knee injury. The second-year forward is a no-brainer choice considering he stars for the hometown Pelicans. 

With Davis on board, the West will look to make it four in a row over the East, who have lost by five points or fewer in each of the past three years. 

 

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