Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert are heading to Atlanta.
The heart of the Utah Jazz franchise was nominated by the coach’s vote as a reserve for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game Western Conference. The All-Star Game will be held on March 7th.
Source: 2021 NBA All-Star Reserve:
West: Chris Paul, Paul George, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis
East: James Harden, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, Ben Simmons, Nikola Vucevic
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2021
This is the second consecutive All-Star appearance for both Mitchell and Gobert. The two will join the Quin Snyder head coach in Atlanta. He was nominated as head coach of the Western Conference for his 25-6 jazz record.
The reserve was officially announced at TNT on Tuesday. Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the news prior to TNT’s presentation.
Mitchell leads jazz with 24.5 points per game, adding 5.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds per contest. Gobert is Utah’s defensive anchor, averaging nearly three blocks per game. He scored 13.9 points per game and recorded 13.5 rebounds per contest.
Jazz players and coaches pushed hard to win Mike Conley in an all-star game, but he wasn’t chosen. Someone in the west replaces him as Anthony Davis went out because of an injury, and it could be Conley. Conley has contributed to Utah’s success, averaging 16.4 points per game and 5.6 assists per game.
Conley hasn’t received an all-star nod yet in his 14-year career.
Former Weber State University star Damian Lillard was named the sixth All-Star in his career. For Lillard, it’s the fourth consecutive all-star nod.
This year’s All-Star game follows the same format as last season. LeBron James and Kevin Durant will be appointed captains to draft the team on March 4th. James and Durant can choose from a pool of team starters and reserves, regardless of the meeting.
The two all-star teams play three 12-minute quarters. The team that wins each quarter will be donated to the charity of choice. In the fourth quarter, each point for all teams in the three quarters will be aggregated and 24 points will be added to the scores of the main teams to get the target score for the game.
For example, if Revlon’s team surpasses 100-90 after three quarters, the goal score will be 124. Played without a clock in the fourth quarter, the first team will reach 124 points (an additional 24 points for the Revlon team and more points for the 34 Durrants team) to win.
Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert Nominate for NBA All-Star Team
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