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Embiid headlines All-Star reserves; Haliburton, SGA earn 1st nods

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The NBA announced the reserves for the 2023 All-Star Game on Thursday, with a couple of surprise selections making the cut alongside four debut nominees.

NBA coaches tabbed Philadelphia 76ers center and potential MVP candidate Joel Embiid as arguably the top reserve option from the Eastern Conference after he missed out on a starting gig last week. Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton, meanwhile, is among a quartet of first-timers that also includes Oklahoma City Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Eastern Conference

G Jaylen Brown Celtics 2nd
G Tyrese Haliburton Pacers 1st
G Jrue Holiday Bucks 2nd
F Joel Embiid 76ers 6th
F Bam Adebayo Heat 2nd
F Julius Randle Knicks 2nd
F DeMar DeRozan Bulls 6th

Western Conference

G Ja Morant Grizzlies 2nd
G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Thunder 1st
G Damian Lillard Trail Blazers 7th
F Domantas Sabonis Kings 3rd
F Paul George Clippers 8th
F Lauri Markkanen Jazz 1st
F Jaren Jackson Jr. Grizzlies 1st

Team captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will pick from the pool of available players immediately before the All-Star Game on Feb. 19, a change to the usual process in previous years that saw captains draft their respective squads days in advance.

James and Antetokounmpo will first select between the remaining eight starters - Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell, Kyrie Irving, Nikola Jokic, Zion Williamson, Luka Doncic, and Stephen Curry - before moving on to the reserves.

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