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Raptors HQ Staff Pick NBA All-Star Reserves

The final NBA All-Star rosters will be revealed on Thursday. The Raptors HQ staff gives you the lowdown on who the favorites are to land those seven prestigious spots for both the East and West.

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The official reserves for the 2015 NBA All-Star teams will be revealed in a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m.

The benches for both the East and West will consist of the following: two backcourt players, three frontcourt players and two wild cards that can come from any position.

We've tallied up the votes from all of the staff members here at the site and have come up with a reserves list that should appease everyone (hopefully.....)

Staff Participants: Chris Walder (@WalderSports), James Park (@jykpark), Joshua Santos (@jsantos502), John Gaudes (@johngaudes), Mitch Robson (@mitch_robson32) and Russell Peddle (@rustypedalbike)

Eastern Conference

Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks (Backcourt)

Gaudes: When it comes to a last-second shot for the surprising Hawks, Jeff Teague is your man. The career-best 17.1 points doesn't hurt.

Robson: While not always boasting eye-popping stats, Teague is the man that runs the show in Atlanta and is one of the top clutch playmakers in the Eastern Conference.

Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls (Backcourt)

Peddle: Jimmy Butler pretty much has the NBA Most Improved Player locked up already, but he might even get a few MVP votes when it's all said and done. He's been an All-Star to this point in the season, without a doubt.

Santos: "Jimmy Buckets" has been electrifying for the Chicago Bulls. With Derrick Rose getting back into rhythm, Butler has started to excel and is making a case to lock up an extension with the club.

Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks (Frontcourt)

Gaudes: Arguably the best player on the East's best team. He has to be there.

Walder: I've wanted him on the Toronto Raptors for years now. Maybe he'll see this and..........well, that's not going to happen. He's a double-double threat on any given night. Consistent and efficient.

Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks (Frontcourt)

Robson: One of the Hawks' "Fearsome Foursome," Horford defied the critics who were worried about his abilities coming off a second pectoral tear. He's stepped in wonderfully as the emotional leader of the East's best team.

Santos: The Hawks are nothing without Horford. After going out with an injury last season, the former Gator's presence on the team was missed as Atlanta fell out of the playoffs. Now with him, Teague, Millsap and Korver, the Hawks look like a true threat in the East.

Chris Bosh, Miami Heat (Frontcourt)

Peddle: Chris Bosh has proven that he was simply keeping "Toronto Bosh" in a closet, ready to dust off whenever LeBron James decided to leave town. He's had nine-straight Al-Star appearances for a reason. Leaving him off a year when he regains his old form wouldn't make sense.

Walder: The Miami Heat are only 20-25, but there was obviously going to be some sort of dip with LeBron heading to Cleveland. Bosh is fourth in the East in scoring (21.4) and 13th in rebounding (7.4). It was a coin flip with him and Dwyane Wade. Can't go wrong either way. Miami doesn't deserve two All-Stars, though.

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat (Wild Card)

Gaudes: Poor Wade. The one man who loses from Kyle Lowry's #NBABallot sweepstakes has been dropped to Wild Card status. His numbers at 33 years old, though, are outstanding.

Robson: One of only five Eastern Conference players to sport a top-20 PER, Wade has taken back to his scoring ways and is shooting nearly 50 percent from the field this season.

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers (Wild Card)

Park: On merit, Brandon Knight should make his first All-Star appearance. Unfortunately, I just don't see the coaches giving him the nod over the popular and previous All-Star MVP Kyrie Irving.

Peddle: Kyrie has thrived playing alongside LeBron James and Kevin Love. His averages have stayed mostly intact from when he was carrying the Cavaliers and his efficiency has certainly benefited from "The LeBron Effect." His third All-Star selection is a no-brainer.

Also received votes: Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic), Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls), Brandon Knight (Milwaukee Bucks)

Western Conference

James Harden, Houston Rockets (Backcourt)

Gaudes: I don't like the guy, but man can he score. "The Beard" will make the team and likely start for the injured Mamba.

Walder: Fans got it wrong when they didn't vote James Harden in over Kobe Bryant. I understand the appeal of making Bryant a starter, but excluding the leading scorer in basketball on a 31-14 team is absolutely ridiculous.

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (Backcourt)

Park: I'm so sorry, Mike Conley. An argument can be made that the Memphis point guard deserves the spot ahead of Damian Lillard. Portland and Memphis are neck and neck in the standings. It almost seems unfair that one team will get two All-Stars while the other gets one. That said, the popular narrative of Lillard's clutch play is likely to overshadow Conley when it comes for the coaches to cast their ballots.

Robson: Illard, Trillard, whatever you want to call him, has put up great numbers (22.0 points and 6.2 assists) and highlights while leading the Blazers near the top of the Western Conference at 32-13.

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers (Frontcourt)

Peddle: He's having a season just as good as his last three All-Star appearances and the Blazers are starting to look like legit title contenders under his wing. The way he's decided to play through a thumb injury that nearly sidelined him a couple of months in the interest of keeping his team's title hopes alive should be rewarded.

Robson: After postponing surgery, LMA is going to beast and get NBA All-Star Most Valuable Player. Get that money, LaMarcus!

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings (Frontcourt)

Santos: DMC is probably one of the most underrated big men in the league. Anchoring the Kings' offense day in and day out, Cousins should be an All-Star for his tremendous efforts down low. If he's on your team, you like him. If he's not, good luck.

Gaudes: If I'm starting a team today, my first frontcourt pick is Cousins. If the coaches don't put him in because of "emotional issues," he becomes this year's Kyle Lowry.

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (Frontcourt)

Park: I don't think coaches will leave Dallas without a single representative. Dirk Nowitzki will be the recipient of what may be perceived as a lifetime achievement award in receiving his 13th invite to the festivities. Monta Ellis has been their best player this season. Unfortunately, the Western Conference is loaded with star guards. It's unlikely he gets selected in such a deep crop.

Santos: At 36 years old, Dirk still has it. Seriously, somebody give me that youth elixir or whatever he has so I can ball out like him when I'm his age. If there's a Maverick that's going to make the All-Star game, it's going to be him.

Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors (Wild Card)

Walder: I mean......

Peddle: Watch Thompson's 37-point quarter against the Sacramento Kings and tell me this kid's not an All-Star. I dare you.

Robson: I believe Steve Kerr will go with Klay Thompson to replace Kobe Bryant in the starting lineup after "Klay Madness" against Sacramento.

Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers (Wild Card)

Gaudes: The Los Angeles Clippers have been equal parts fun and befuddling, but Chris Paul's "Point Guard Gawd" status is not to be messed with.

Peddle: Chris Paul has been so consistently good for so long now that he's bordering on underrated. A prolific point guard, there's no "Lob City" without Paul. He's having a season just as good as any of his other seven All-Star selections, so no reason for a change.

Also received votes: Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets), Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)


Position Walder Park Santos Gaudes Robson Peddle
G Jeff Teague Dwyane Wade Derrick Rose Jeff Teague Dwyane Wade Jeff Teague
G Jimmy Butler Jimmy Butler Kyrie Irving Jimmy Butler Jimmy Butler Jimmy Butler
F Paul Millsap Paul Millsap Joakim Noah Paul Millsap Paul Millsap Paul Millsap
F Al Horford Al Horford Al Horford Nikola Vucevic Al Horford Al Horford
F Chris Bosh Chris Bosh Chris Bosh Chris Bosh Chris Bosh Chris Bosh
WC Kyrie Irving Kyrie Irving Jimmy Butler Kyle Korver Kyle Korver Kyrie Irving
WC Brandon Knight Jeff Teague Kevin Love Dwyane Wade Jeff Teague Nikola Vucevic


Position Walder Park Santos Gaudes Robson Peddle
G James Harden James Harden Chris Paul James Harden James Harden James Harden
G Damian Lillard Damian Lillard Klay Thompson Chris Paul Damian Lillard Chris Paul
F LaMarcus Aldridge LaMarcus Aldridge Dwight Howard LaMarcus Aldridge LaMarcus Aldridge LaMarcus Aldridge
F DeMarcus Cousins DeMarcus Cousins DeMarcus Cousins DeMarcus Cousins DeMarcus Cousins DeMarcus Cousins
F Dwight Howard Dirk Nowitzki Dirk Nowitzki Dirk Nowitzki Tim Duncan Kevin Durant
WC Klay Thompson Klay Thompson Kevin Durant Russell Westbrook Russell Westbrook Klay Thompson
WC Tim Duncan Russell Westbrook Damian Lillard Damian Lillard Kevin Durant Damian Lillard

Be sure to leave your final NBA All-Star reserves predictions in the comments below. Who are some of your big omissions? Let us know why you came up with the lists you did.