Though he wasn't voted in as a starter, James Harden is going back to the All-Star Game, as first reported by Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (and confrimed by multiple others).
West reserves are: Green, Davis, Paul, Cousins, Thompson, Harden Aldridge.— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) January 28, 2016
It's a great, if not surprising, honor for Harden, who is the Rockets' only representation at the game. Dwight Howard, as you can see above, did not make the cut. He joins a potent reserve crew with Draymond Green, Anthony Davis, Chris Paul and others.
Last year, James Harden started the game (replacing the fan-selected but injured Kobe Bryant), and finished second on the Western Conference team with 29 points, behind game MVP Russell Westbrook's 41. As of now, it looks like Harden will come off the bench this time, as everyone on the starting lineup of Stephen Curry, Westbrook, Bryant, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard is healthy. Not that we're trying to jinx anyone, we're just saying.
This will be Harden's fourth consecutive All-Star appearance, as he's been named to the event in every season he's been a Rocket. No word yet on whether he'll be invited back to the three-point contest, or whether Patrick Beverley will be allowed to defend his crown of Most Skilled Player In The NBA.