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NBA All-Star Game 2015: Starting Lineup, Reserves, Roster Breakdown

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IFebruary 10, 2015

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On Sunday night, the stars will finally align for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. When the game finally tips off at 8:30 p.m. ET, many of the league's biggest names will get a chance to start in the showcase.

Only two starters, Kyle Lowry and Klay Thompson, are new to the All-Star stage. Others like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Stephen Curry are more familiar with the task at hand.

DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver will all make their first All-Star Game appearance in Madison Square Garden. They'll have to contend with veterans such as Tim Duncan and Chris Bosh for minutes, but should certainly get a chance as the young guns. 

Before the game gets underway, here's a full look at the rosters and a breakdown of both sides.

2015 East and West All-Star Rosters
East StartersTeamPosition
Pau GasolChicago BullsFC
LeBron JamesCleveland CavaliersFC
Carmelo AnthonyNew York KnicksFC
John WallWashington WizardsBC
Kyle LowryToronto RaptorsBC
East ReservesTeamPosition
Paul MillsapAtlanta HawksFC
Al HorfordAtlanta HawksFC
Chris BoshMiami HeatFC
Kyrie IrvingCleveland CavaliersBC
Jimmy ButlerChicago BullsBC
Kyle Korver (replaces Dwyane Wade)Atlanta HawksBC
Jeff TeagueAtlanta HawksBC
West StartersTeamPosition
Marc GasolMemphis GrizzliesFC
LaMarcus Aldridge (replaces Anthony Davis)Portland Trail BlazersFC
Klay Thompson (replaces Blake Griffin)Golden State WarriorsFC
James Harden (replaces Kobe Bryant)Houston RocketsBC
Stephen CurryGolden State WarriorsBC
West ReservesTeamPosition
Kevin DurantOklahoma City ThunderFC
Tim DuncanSan Antonio SpursFC
Chris PaulLos Angeles ClippersFC
Russell WestbrookOklahoma City ThunderBC
DeMarcus Cousins (injury replacement)Sacramento KingsBC
Damian Lillard (injury replacement)Portland Trail BlazersBC
Dirk Nowitzki (injury replacement)Dallas MavericksBC
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Roster Breakdown

One of the most deserving players in the NBA almost didn't even earn a roster spot. That's just how difficult it can be to make it to the All-Star Game.

Damian Lillard, who's averaging 21.5 points, 6.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game this season, was initially a snub when the starters and reserves were announced. One of the biggest stars on a team that sits at 36-17 only received a nod from NBA commissioner Adam Silver when Blake Griffin pulled out of the game due to an elbow injury.

Lillard spoke about how excited he was for the opportunity, via Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

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"I am thankful. I feel bad for Blake, but I'm thankful for the opportunity to be there," @Dame_Lillard told Yahoo Sports on being an AllStar

Not having Lillard on the roster would have been a travesty, especially since fans initially voted in Kobe Bryant, who hardly had an All-Star-caliber season before tearing his rotator cuff in January. Luckily, all is right in the world with the Blazers star now in the All-Star Game for the second time in his first three seasons.

Joining Lillard will be teammate LaMarcus Aldridge, who was named a starter on Saturday, replacing an injured Anthony Davis.

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OFFICIAL: LaMarcus Aldridge is an All-Star starter! http://t.co/4FEPwFDRhs

Aldridge is one of three replacements in the West lineup. James Harden and Klay Thompson were chosen for Bryant and Griffin, respectively, allowing Kerr to avoid choosing between the two. Thompson will be paired with backcourt-mate Stephen Curry for the only starters coming from the same team. The three-guard starting lineup should lead to a barrage of early threes for the West, which will go against a bigger overall Eastern side.

The Eastern Conference squad had a few surprises as well. In particular, none of the members of the best team in the NBA made the starting lineup. When the game tips off on Sunday night, four players from the Atlanta Hawks will suit up and start the game on the bench.

Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague were all selected as reserves, while Silver tabbed Kyle Korver as an injury replacement for Dwyane Wade. The fans in Atlanta voiced their thoughts about Korver's initial snub during a recent ceremony for the All-Stars, via Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report:

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Three Hawks receiving their All-Star jerseys at halfcourt. Fans chanting "Korver" for the one who's not.

Though Korver was originally left off the list, the four Hawks should shine for the Eastern Conference under their head coach, Mike Budenholzer. Coming from a franchise that plays as a team every night on the court, the quartet should have no problem meshing with a roster full of superstars. Atlanta's four representatives also match an NBA record, last touched by the Boston Celtics in 2011.

Sunday also may mark the final appearance of 2014-15 for Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks star has spent all season battling through a knee injury that will eventually require surgery. With the Knicks well out of the playoff hunt, Anthony admitted it's likely he shuts things down once the lights go out at MSG.

"It's very likely. It's very likely. Now I've got to start thinking about the future," Anthony told Marc Stein, Marc Kestecher and P.J. Carlesimo in an interview on ESPN Radio, per Ian Begley of ESPN.com. "This season is this season. So I really want to just sit down with my team and sit down with the proper people to just kind of plan this thing out and see exactly what I have to do to get done and just to fix it."

Going against a Western Conference squad that has no apparent weaknesses, the East will need some glue players to take them down. After the East broke a three-game losing streak last season, it will need everything in the tank to replicate that success on Sunday.

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