Joel Embiid, Ja Morant headline 2023 NBA All-Star reserves

ByTim Bontemps ESPN logo
Friday, February 3, 2023

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant headlined the 2023 NBA All-Star reserves, which were announced Thursday night.

Embiid, who just missed being a starter in the Eastern Conference when they were announced last week, was joined by Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (second All-Star selection), Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (second), Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (second), Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (sixth), New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (second) and Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton, who was a first-time All-Star selection.

Meanwhile, the Western Conference All-Star reserve selections besides Morant were Sacramento Kings center Domantas Sabonis (third), Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (seventh) and LA Clippers guard Paul George (eighth), in addition to first-time selections in Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Utah Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen and Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr.

After the starters from both conferences were announced last week, the seven reserves from the East and West were selected by the league's head coaches in voting conducted over the past several days.

The reserve groups are made up of two backcourt and three frontcourt players from each conference -- mirroring the starters -- as well as two "wild card" selections that could come from any position.

This year's All-Star Game will mark the sixth time the NBA has conducted a draft of the 24 players with each team helmed by a captain who was the top vote getter in each conference -- Giannis Antetokounmpo in the East and LeBron James in the West.

The new wrinkle this year, however, is that the draft itself will take place shortly before the game begins, as opposed to in a pre-taped segment aired in advance of All-Star Weekend.