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:
Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson over Toronto’s Kyle Lowry was the closest vote among the Eastern coaches, league source tells Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 31, 2014
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:
- Roy Hibbert (IND)
- Joakim Noah (CHI)
- Paul Millsap (ATL)
- Chris Bosh (MIA)
- Demar Derozan (TOR)
- John Wall (WAS)
- Joe Johnson (BKN)
- Dwight Howard (HOU)
- LaMarcus Aldridge (POR)
- Dirk Nowitzki (DAL)
- James Harden (HOU)
- Damian Lillard (POR)
- Tony Parker (SAS)
- Chris Paul (LAC)
Notable All-Star snubs:
- Lance Stephenson (IND)
- Kyle Lowry (TOR)
- Al Jefferson (CHA)
- Anthony Davis (NO)
- Tim Duncan (SAS)
- Goran Dragic (PHX)
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
Sunday, February 16th:
63rd NBA All-Star Game @ 8 PM ET on TNT