With three Europeans selected for this Sunday’s NBA All Star game, BiE pays tribute to Joakim Noah, Dirk Nowitzki, and Tony Parker.
It was hardly a shock when no Europeans got selected for the starting line-ups of this year’s NBA All Star game but with three players from the continent making the reserves, including two from France, there’s plenty of interest in Sunday’s action from this side of the pond. Here are your three European 2014 NBA All Stars.
Tony Parker – San Antonio Spurs
Season stats: 17.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 6.2 APG 30.9 MPG
Number of All Star selections: 6
Last year was Tony Time as Parker led his Spurs back to the NBA Finals and then finally tasted EuroBasket glory in Slovenia. This has been another stellar season for the point guard who just keeps getting it done for Greg Popovich.
Joakim Noah – Chicago Bulls
Season stats: 11.8 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 4.3 APG, 34 MPG
Number of All Star selections: 2
Noah is expected to suit up for France at this year’s World Cup of Basketball in Spain and will do so on the back of making the All Star game for the second time. The Chicago Bulls big man will be in no mood for mercy against his nation’s greatest ever player.
Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas Mavericks
Season stats: 21.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.8 APG, 32.2 MPG
Number of All Star selections: 12
Arguably the most individually decorated player in European history, Dirk is showing that he still has plenty in the tank at 35 years of age. Once again he’s putting up big numbers for the Mavs and has earned his way to his dozenth All Star selection.
Here are the full rosters for the 2014 NBA All Star game.
East: Dwayne Wade, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert, Chris Bosh, Paul Millsap, John Wall, Joe Johnson, DeMar DeRozan.
West: Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant (injured), Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Paul, James Harden, Tony Parker, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis (replacement).