It is Curry’s eighth selection to the All-Star Game, while for reigning NBA MVP Jokic, it is the Serbian big man’s fourth selection.
Morant and Wiggins will both be making their debuts, with Morant having a breakout season with the ascendent Grizzlies while Wiggins has played a big part in the Warriors’ excellent season.
Wiggins described finding out he was a starter as “mind blowing.”
“I was taking my pregame nap and my girl and daughter woke me up and told me
: ‘You are a starter
, you are a starter.
’ I thought I was dreaming for a second
. ek was soos, ‘What is going on
?’ It was a good way to learn that I made it to the All-Star
, and I am thankful
,” hy vertel
“I have been putting in a lot of work and I have found a home here. Hopelik, I can keep it going and this is not the last one.”
Kevin Durant will be the captain of the Eastern Conference’s team, meaning it’s the same set of All-Star captains as in 2021.
It’s unclear whether the Brooklyn Nets star will actually feature in the game as he continues his recovery from a sprained knee ligament.
Joining 12-time All-Star Durant is Chicago Bulls guard-forward DeMar DeRozan, Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.
It’s the ‘Greek Freak’s’ sixth selection — tying Abdul-Jabbar’s Bucks franchise record for selections — the fifth for Embiid and the second for Young.
For DeRozan, the Bulls star has enjoyed a resurgent season, helping Chicago to the second spot in the Eastern Conference.
The announcement of DeRozan’s fifth All-Star selection was made by teammate Zach LaVine — who just fell short of being named to the team as well — on the flight to the Bulls’ next game.
Fan ballots accounted for 50% van die stemming, with a media panel and current players each accounting for 25%.
The reserves for the game will be announced on February 3 and are voted on by head coaches in each conference.