Pascal Siakam Named Starter for NBA All-Star Game

Ross Houston
January 24, 2020

In his first season in Boston, the 29-year-old Walker is averaging 21.7 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds per game.

For Lowry, a selection would mark the sixth time in his career he would've been named an all-star.

Five starters - two backcourt, three frontcourt - were announced from both the Western Conference and Eastern Conference, as determined by voting from fans (50%), players (25%), and media members (25%).

Seven reserves from each conference will be selected by the league's 30 coaches and the reserves will be announced on January 30.

Both Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young earned their first nods to the All-Star game this year after impressive seasons.

James, who has put up 25.1 points and almost 11 assists per game with the Los Angeles Lakers so far this year, is back for his 16th All-Star game - which sets an National Basketball Association record. Next Thursday, the league will announce the seven reserve selections from each conference, which are made by the league's head coaches (who are not allowed to vote for their own players).

Jayson Tatum has a strong chance of making the team as a reserve. He's also registering 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest. At 20, he will be the youngest starter in an All-Star game since James in 2005.

"I've always believed in myself and I've always put the work in to get to not only be an all-star but be an all-star for a long time", said Siakam Wednesday night after the Raptors 107-95 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Despite these accolades, his sophomore follow-up wasn't much to write home about as he averaged just 7.3 points per game, but did appear in 81 contests. That point total represents highest average by any National Basketball Association player in over 30 years.

All-Star weekend will kick off on February 14 from the United Center in Chicago, starting with the celebrity game and rising stars game on Friday.

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