Lowry was one of 13 players named as a reserve on Tuesday, going into the pool of players that captains Stephen Curry and LeBron James can draft to comprise the teams for the Feb. 18 game in Los Angeles. Their rosters will be unveiled Thursday, though the selection process won’t be televised.
Besides Lowry, the rest of the Eastern Conference reserves were Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal, Boston’s Al Horford, Cleveland’s Kevin Love, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo.
Golden State’s Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were chosen as reserves for the West, giving the defending NBA champions a record-tying four All-Stars for the second straight year.
Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns were also chosen from the Western Conference, along with Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Portland’s Damian Lillard.
The starters were announced last week. Curry and the Warriors’ Kevin Durant joined Houston’s James Harden and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins from the West, while the East players besides James were Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Boston’s Kyrie Irving and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid.
James and Curry earned the captain spots by being the leading vote-getters in fan balloting in each conference. They will not have to stick to conference affiliation when drafting their teams.
James will have the first pick after receiving the most total votes. After the starters are chosen, Curry will have the first pick among the reserves.
Beal, Oladipo, Porzingis and Towns were all first-time selections. Every other reserve will be making at least his third All-Star appearance.
The reserves were voted upon by the head coaches in each conference, who had to select two guards, three frontcourt players and two other players regardless of position. They were prohibited for voting for their own players.
Players having strong seasons who didn’t make the cut included Detroit’s Andre Drummond, the NBA’s leading rebounder, Clippers guard Lou Williams, Houston’s Chris Paul and Oklahoma City’s Paul George.