Luka Doncic will not be finally among the 24 players who will play the All Star on February 17 in Charlotte. The 19-year-old Slovenian player grazed his inclusion in the starting five. In fact, the fans would have liked it since it was the third most voted, but to be computed also the votes of the players and the press, was outside the starting line, although by very little difference. Now it has been the 30 coaches of the NBA who have not given him a place among the seven reserves they chose for each Conference.
The seven reserves of the Western Conference chosen by the 30 NBA coaches are: Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, LaMarcus Aldirdge and Karl-Anthony Towns. Those chosen by fans, players and press in the West to form in the initial quintets were LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, James Harden and Paul George. However, the teams that will face will not be those of the West and the East but those that the two captains choose, LeBron James and Gianis Antetokounmpo, in an act that will be broadcast live on television on February 7. Besides Doncic, who is completing a splendid season, in the West he misses other outstanding players like Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.
The seven Eastern reserves designated by the coaches are Ben Simmons, Khris Middleton, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle Lowry, Blake Griffin and Victor Oladipo, although he, injured for the remainder of the season, should be replaced. The favorites to relieve the star of the Pacers in the All Star are D'Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Dwyane Wade. The owners of the East, in addition to Antetokounmpo, are Joel Embiid, Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard. Four of the 24 players who will play the All Star will debut in this game that brings together the main figures of the season: Jokic, Simmons, Vucevic and Middleton.
Doncic will play anyway in Charlotte, although he will do it in the party of the Emerging Stars, on the 15th, reserved for first and second year players. The Slovenian will be part of the World team that will face the United States team.