Many feel Russell Westbrook is the MVP, but he wasn’t picked to be an All-Star starter. However, the coaches fixed that on Thursday.
The OKC guard was picked as a reserve for the Western Conference in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.
The All-Star appearance will be Westbrook’s sixth of his career. Last season in Toronto was his only All-Star start.
Westbrook has 23 triple-doubles in 47 games, putting him on pace to tie Oscar Robertson’s season of a triple-double in 1961-62 season.
He was the media and player’s pick for the starting lineup, but it was the fans vote that kept him out on a tie-breaker.
Reserves were chosen by the league’s head coaches, who picked seven reserves apiece (excluding guys from their own teams). That system was not changed from previous years, unlike the starter vote that now includes players and a panel of media members.
Westbrook is in the middle of a historic season where he’s averaging 31.0 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.2 assists.
The All-Star game will take place in New Orleans on Feb. 19 and will air on TNT at 7:00 p.m. Thunder time.