Picking West All-Star reserves

In a deep conference, some deserving All-Star nods will get left out

Updated: January 24, 2014, 12:11 AM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

Chris PaulSam Forencich/NBAE/Getty ImagesChris Paul has been sidelined by injury, but he says he will play in the All-Star Game.

Before they begin voting for All-Star reserves, some advice to Western Conference coaches: good luck. Despite injuries that have thinned the ranks of contenders in recent weeks, the West features more deserving All-Stars than roster spots -- especially with one of them going to Kobe Bryant, who was voted a starter despite being limited to six games by injury.

Traditionally, 10 wins above replacement is the threshold for All-Stars by my WARP metric. No fewer than 17 West players are on pace to reach that mark, and winnowing that group down to 12 players is no fun. But here's my effort to do so, relying on a combination of statistical performance to date, scouting and track record.