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7:03 PMNow that you know the NBA All-Star starters, who else will be joining them in Los Angeles?

There are seven reserve roster spots each in the Western and Eastern Conference, which include three frontcourt players, two guards and two wild cards. The NBA head coaches will vote for the reserves in their respective conferences next week.

The reserves will be announced on Jan. 23 to applause and criticism. It’s inevitable, especially in the deep-in-talent West, that some deserving players won’t make the cut.

For the first time in NBA All-Star Game history, the leading fan vote-getters from each conference (Cleveland’s LeBron James in the East and Golden State’s Stephen Curry in the West) will serve as captains and draft players for their teams, regardless of conference. Each captain’s first four selections must come from the pool of remaining starters. As the top overall finisher in fan voting, James will make the first pick, then Curry. The All-Star Game takes place Feb. 18 at Staples Center.

The West starters announced Thursday: Curry and his Golden State teammate Kevin Durant, Houston’s James Harden, and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

The East starters: James, Boston’s Kyrie Irving, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid.

This is how we project the coaches, who have a history of leaning toward winning teams, will fill out the reserves:

Western Conference


Draymond Green’s excited outbursts have drawn two technical fouls this season.

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Stats: 11.1 points per game, 7.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks

Comment: The 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year is still playing at a top level. Green does much more than score for the team with the NBA’s best record.

Forward: Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder

Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder handles the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Nov. 22, 2017, in Oklahoma City.

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Stats: 20.4 points per game, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists

Comment: George’s scoring numbers have taken a dip playing alongside feared scorers Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook. But P.G. is widely regarded as one of the NBA’s top players, so he’ll make it.

Forward: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves

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Stats: 20.1 points per game, 12.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks

Comment: Towns lands the first All-Star selection of his career in his third season. The 7-footer’s versatile game is too much to deny now.

GUARD: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks at Houston fans after making a 3-point shot during Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals on April 25, 2017, at Toyota Center in Houston.

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Stats: 24.8 points per game, 9.7 rebounds, 9.9 assists

Comment: A little surprising that the 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player doesn’t get voted in as a starter. Perhaps it’s market. Here’s to hoping that Westbrook and his former teammate Kevin Durant play against each other under the new All-Star format.

Guard: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota TimberwolveS

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Stats: 21.6 points per game, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists

Comment: Butler has played on an MVP level in his first season with the Wolves. Kudos to Butler for landing a hard-to-get West All-Star guard spot in his first season in the conference.

Wild card: Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, guard

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors in action against the Houston Rockets at ORACLE Arena on Oct. 17, 2017, in Oakland, California.

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Stats: 20.9 points per game, 4.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists

Comment: Thompson may be quiet, but he also is the most feared shooter in the game behind his teammate Stephen Curry. The Warriors get four All-Stars for the second straight year.

Wild card: LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs, forward

LaMarcus Aldridge of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball during the game against the Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 17 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Stats: 22.7 points per game, 8.5 rebounds, 1.1 blocks

Comment: Aldridge is the main reason why the Spurs had one of the NBA’s top records in the first half of the season with star Kawhi Leonard primarily sidelined.

Snubs include Damian Lillard, DeAndre Jordan, Lou Williams, Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Blake Griffin, C.J. McCollum and Marc Gasol.

Eastern Conference

FORWARD: Kristaps Porzingis, New York KnickS

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Stats: 23.6 points per game, 6.9 rebounds, 2.4 blocks

Comment: Porzingis gets the first All-Star nod of his young career and gives the New York market a representative. The Latvian is the lone European in the All-Star Game.

FORWARD: Al horford, Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics’ Jonas Jerebko celebrates with teammate Al Horford during the second half of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 21, 2017, in Cleveland. The Celtics won 111-108.

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Stats: 13.4 points per game, 7.9 rebounds, 1.0 blocks

Comment: Horford beats out Cleveland forward Kevin Love based on Boston’s record. This would be Gordon Hayward’s spot if he were healthy.

Forward: Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons

Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons looks downcourt during a game against the Charlotte Hornets at Little Caesars Arena on Jan. 15 in Detroit.

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Stats: 14.0 points per game, 15 rebounds, 1.2 blocks

Comment: Drummond lands his second All-Star nod after being snubbed last year. It would be fun to see East center rivals Drummond and Embiid playing against each other.

Guard: John Wall, Washington Wizards

John Wall of the Washington Wizards waits to defend against the Boston Celtics in the second half of their game on April 16, 2014, at TD Garden in Boston.

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Stats: 19.6 points per game, 3.6 rebounds, 9.3 assists

Comment: Wall’s biggest challenge appears to be staying healthy. While the Wizards are disappointing, he is a top-15 NBA player.

Guard: Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers

Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers brings the ball upcourt during a game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Jan. 15 in Salt Lake City. The Indiana Pacers won 109-94.

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Stats: 24.3 points per game, 5.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists

Comment: Oladipo has been singing well off the court and on it. This will be his first All-Star nod.

Wild card: Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, guard

Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors warms up before a game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 30, 2017, at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

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Stats: 16.2 points per game, 6.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists

Comment: Lowry’s statistics aren’t gaudy, but they’re respectable and the Raptors are winning. He will make his fourth All-Star appearance.

Wild card: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, guard

Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards looks on in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 25, 2016, at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

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Stats: 23.7 points per game, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists

Comment: Beal lands his first All-Star nod with the last East spot, but does disappointing Washington deserve two?

Snubs include Dwight Howard, Ben Simmons, Kevin Love, Tobias Harris, Jaylen Brown, Goran Dragic and Kemba Walker.

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