According to Shams Charania, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert have been selected to the Western Conference All-Star reserves.
Sources: 2021 NBA All-Star reserves:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2021
West: Chris Paul, Paul George, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis
East: James Harden, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, Ben Simmons, Nikola Vucevic
The Utah Jazz duo are now both multi-year All-Stars and deservedly so. Donovan Mitchell has put up big numbers as the focal point of one of the best offenses for the best team in the NBA. This season he’s averaging 24.5 points, 5.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds, all of those being career highs.
Rudy Gobert is also having a huge season as the DPOY front runner and the cornerstone of one of the most dominant defenses in the league. Gobert is averaging a career-high 2.8 blocks per game and is arguably the most important component of the Jazz’s remarkable success this season. His offensive impact can be measured in the open looks created by his gravitous rolls to the rim and his screens create open shots against even the stingiest defenses.
What I should be writing in this spot is Mike Conley’s name. Conley still has a chance to be selected with Anthony Davis likely missing all-star weekend because of injury. Conley is one of the most impactful players on the best team in the league and he deserves this spot. Let’s hope Adam Silver does the right thing and rewards an elite player on the winningest team in the league.