The NBA has officially announced the starting line-ups for the 2017 All-Star Game… and it features the usual suspects.
LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and James Harden will headline the starting lineups for annual game in New Orleans on Feb. 19.
One person was left off, and it has a lot of fans scratching their heads. That player is Russell Westbrook.
Despite leading the league in scoring (30.6 ppg) and averaging a triple-double, the OKC Thunder guard was snubbed for a starting position.
Still, Russ is bothered by it, saying Friday (Jan. 20): “It is what it is. That’s the nature of the business, the game. I just play. I don’t play for All-Star bids. I play to win championships, and every night I compete at a high level, and it’ll work out.
“I just continue doing what I’m doing and play the game the right way, and everything else will work out.”
Below is the full list of starters:
Stephen Curry – Guard (4th appearance)
James Harden – Guard (5th appearance)
Kevin Durant – Frontcourt (8th appearance)
Kawhi Leonard – Frontcourt (2nd appearance)
Anthony Davis – Frontcourt (4th appearance)
Kyrie Irving – Guard (4th appearance)
DeMar DeRozan – Guard (3rd appearance)
LeBron James – Frontcourt (13th appearance)
Giannis Antetokounmpo – Frontcourt (1st appearance)
Jimmy Butler – Frontcourt (3rd appearance)