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Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert named NBA All-Stars

For the third straight year, Gobert and Mitchell will represent the Utah Jazz in the All-Star Game

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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert walk off the court.

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) were named 2022 NBA All-Star reserves Thursday night.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

For the third consecutive year, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell are NBA All-Stars.

Both Gobert and Mitchell were selected as reserves. The announcement was made Thursday night on Inside the NBA on TNT.

While All-Star starters are selected based on a composite of fan, media, and player votes, reserves are selected by NBA coaches.

The other Western Conference reserves are the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker and Chris Paul, the Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic, Minnesota Timberwolves’ center Karl-Anthony Towns and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green.

Green, who has been sidelined because of a back injury since Jan. 11, announced Thursday that he will not play in the All-Star Game. Commissioner Adam Silver will choose a replacement.

The reserves join starters LeBron James from the Los Angeles Lakers, the Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant.

Mitchell, in his fifth season, is averaging 25.5 points and a career-high tying 5.2 assists to go with 4.0 rebounds per game this season, while shooting a career-best 45% from the field and 87.6% from the free-throw line.

Three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Gobert, in his ninth season, is averaging a career-best 16 points, a career-high 15.1 rebounds per game, with a career-best 70.7% field-goal percentage.

The Eastern Conference All-Stars include starters Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), DeMar DeRozan (Chicago Bulls), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) and Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks), and reserves Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat), Darius Garland (Cleveland Cavaliers), James Harden (Nets), Zach LaVine (Bulls), Khris Middleton (Bucks), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics) and Fred VanVleet (Toronto Raptors).