The Eastern and Western Conference All Star starters were revealed Thursday night and two of the Cleveland Cavaliers' young stars did not receive enough votes to be placed in the starting lineup.
Both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love came up short in the voting and will not start alongside their teammate LeBron James February 15th in New York. This is not a new position for either player, but is a bit disappointing for Irving, who could have qualified for extra money from the Derrick Rose rule on the max contract he signed this summer. His four year extension kicks in this summer (with a player option at the end of it) at 25% of the salary cap. He also started the game last February for the East.
Both players will likely receive heavy consideration by the coaches to be an all star reserve. Kyrie Irving is a two time All Star experiencing the best season of his career both statistically, and in terms of team success. Going into Monday night's matchup against the Chicago Bulls, Irving is averaging 21.2 points and 5.1 assists per game on 46 percent shooting from the floor and 37 percent from behind the arc. Irving is also averaging a career low in turnovers and dramatically improved his game on the defensive side of the floor. It's very likely that he will get a chance to repeat his All Star MVP performance from last season.
Kevin Love's numbers have dipped from last season which had him as the fourth leading scorer in the league and third in rebounds per game. Back and thumb injuries combined with adjusting to a new team have seen him struggle at times, but he is still averaging 17.7 point and 10.3 rebounds per game, which should give him some consideration for one of the final spots on the roster.