When Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder heads to Atlanta for this year’s NBA All-Star Game, he’ll have a few familiar faces joining him.
Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell were both selected by Western Conference coaches as All-Star Game reserves, it was reported Tuesday by The Athletic’s Shams Charania ahead of the official announcement.
Veteran guard Mike Conley, however, was not among the seven Western reserves named, in spite of a bounce-back season that has seen him register highly efficient numbers in helping the Jazz to the NBA’s best record, at 25-6.
Conley, who has made no secret of his desire to be chosen for All-Star Game for the first time in his 14th season, is not necessarily out of hope. If any player named to the game is unable to play on March 7due to injury — like, say, Lakers forward Anthony Davis — then commissioner Adam Silver has sole discretion in naming a replacement.
This marks the second consecutive season that Gobert and Mitchell were selected as All-Stars.
Gobert is averaging 13.9 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game, and is shooting 64.0% from the field. He also leads the NBA in plus/minus. Mitchell is averaging career-highs in points (24.5), assists (5.2), rebounds (4.4) and 3-point shooting (38.9%).
Conley is averaging 16.4 points and 5.6 assists per game while shooting 41.2% from 3-point range. He is second to Gobert in the NBA in plus/minus.
This story will be updated.