Jan 25, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (7) talks to guard DeMar DeRozan (10) against the Los Angeles Clippers at Air Canada Centre. The Clippers beat the Raptors 126-118. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Demar Derozan named Eastern Conference NBA All-Star Reserve


The Toronto Raptors will have an All-Star representative for the 2014 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans—their first all-star representative since Chris Bosh in 2010—and it will be shooting guard Demar Derozan.

The 5th year guard, took a bigger role on the Raptors squad this season, especially with the departure of Rudy Gay in early December—averaging 21.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.2 SPG, shooting .428 FG% and .517 TS% in 43 games on the season.

Despite both Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan being worthy of all-star status, there was only room for one selection out of the Atlantic Division leading, 3rd place 24-21 Toronto Raptors.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Kyle Lowry was beat out by Joe Johnson by the closet margin of votes:

 

 

The other 13 reserves named to take part in the 63rd NBA All-Star game in New Orleans, Lousiana at New Orleans Arena are as follows:

EASTERN Reserves:

  • Chris Bosh (MIA)
  • Demar Derozan (TOR)

WESTERN Reserves:

 

Notable All-Star snubs:

  • Kyle Lowry (TOR)

Keep in mind there may be one more Western Conference reserve yet to be named by the NBA Commissioner, granted that All-Star starter, Kobe Bryant may not take part in the game.

The full All-Star Weekend festivities schedule can be seen below:

Beginning on Friday, February 14th:

Spring NBA All-Star Celebrity Game @ 7 PM ET on ESPN

BBVA Rising Stars Challenge @ 9 PM ET on TNT

Saturday, February 15th:

State Farm All-Star Saturday Night @ 8:30 PM ET on TNT

Sears Shooting Stars (1st Event)
Taco Bell Skills Challenge (2nd Event)
Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (3rd Event)
Sprite Slam Dunk (4th Event)

Sunday, February 16th:

63rd NBA All-Star Game @ 8 PM ET on TNT

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