No Utah Jazz guys selected to All-Star team

Published: Thursday, Feb. 9 2012 11:21 p.m. MST

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) celebrates the win over the Lakers in Salt Lake City Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz will not be represented at the All-Star Game later this month.

They do, however, have two players whose names will be mentioned on "Who got snubbed?" lists.

Neither Paul Millsap nor Al Jefferson will be All-Stars this season, barring injury replacement nods from NBA commissioner David Stern.

Seven players who will join the Western Conference All-Star starters include: Steve Nash (Phoenix), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City), LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland), Kevin Love (Minnesota), Marc Gasol (Memphis), Tony Parker (San Antonio) and Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas).

West starters: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin (Clippers), Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum (Lakers) and Kevin Durant (OKC).

Utah will have at least one representative during All-Star Weekend. Second-year swingman Gordon Hayward was selected to the Rising Stars Challenge, a game featuring 18 rookies and sophomores.

Jazz forward Jeremy Evans hopes to be invited to be in the Slam Dunk Contest.

Corbin gave an All-Star pitch for Jefferson and Millsap at Thursday's practice.

"Those two guys are a big reason why we're having some of the success that we're having," he said. "I think that they deserve a really good look and consideration."

Corbin didn't share his ballot, but he smiled when asked if it was hard to fill out.

"It was tough," he said, "because I couldn't pick my own players."

East reserves: Deron Williams (New Jersey), Paul Pierce (Boston), Chris Bosh (Miami), Luol Deng (Chicago), Roy Hibbert (Indiana), Andre Iguodala (Philly) and Joe Johnson (Atlanta).

East starters: Derrick Rose (Chicago), LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (Miami), Carmelo Anthony (New York) and Dwight Howard (Orlando).

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