Anthony Davis' All-Star status determined Jan. 30
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Anthony Davis would love to be able to represent the host city and the New Orleans Pelicans during next month’s All-Star Game, but he’ll have to wait a week to find out if he’ll get the chance.
If Davis puts on an All-Star uniform Feb. 16 in the New Orleans Arena, it will be because the Western Conference coaches selected him to do so.
On Thursday night, during TNT’s pregame show, the starters for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game were announced. The three front-court starters for the Western Conference will be Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City, Kevin Love of Minnesota and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers. Durant, Love and Griffin earned the distinction by being among the top three West front-court vote-getters in fan balloting. Davis finished seventh in the front-court voting.
A week from tonight on Jan. 30, also on TNT’s pregame show, the reserves will be announced. The reserves are determined by a vote among each conference’s head coaches. The 30 sideline leaders cannot vote for their own players.
“Hopefully I can do that and represent New Orleans in the All-Star Game, but I’m not sure (what will happen),” Davis said earlier Thursday, before heading to Detroit with the team.
“It’d be great to, I’d be happy to (be an All-Star) one day. But nothing’s set in stone. I’m just going to keep competing, keep working hard. If I do (make the team), I’ll be happy. If not, I’m still going to go out there and be involved, watching the game. It wouldn’t be an end-of-the-world thing (if I don’t make the All-Star team), but I’d be more than happy (to be chosen) and it would be much appreciated.”
The 6-foot-10 second-year pro would be New Orleans’ first All-Star Game representative since 2010-11. Davis acknowledged that the competition for a spot on the All-Star roster, particularly in the West, is fierce this season.
“I’ve been playing well, but there are a lot of guys in the league playing well,” Davis said. “The Western Conference is tough. Especially with the bigs, like Dwight (Howard), DeMarcus (Cousins) and Kevin Love. It’s a tough conference.”
The Western Conference backcourt will be Golden State's Stephen Curry and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Eastern Conference starters: LeBron James and Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks and Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving.
The final Western Conference front-court voting totals;
1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,396,294
2. Blake Griffin (LAC) 688,466
3. Kevin Love (Min) 661,246
4. Dwight Howard (Hou) 653,318
5. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 609,172
6. Tim Duncan (SA) 492,657
7. Anthony Davis (NO) 286,247
8. Andre Iguodala (GS) 266,611
9. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 255,005
10. Pau Gasol (LAL) 247,323
11. David Lee (GS) 232,210
12. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 201,873
13. Chandler Parsons (Hou) 174,512
14. Omer Asik (Hou) 130,344
15. Andrew Bogut (GS) 127,947