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Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo named East All-Star Reserves

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Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are headed to Chicago for the 2020 NBA All-Star game.

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Miami Heat forwards Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo were named Eastern Conference All-Star reserves on Thursday night. The teammates will be in Chicago for the 2020 NBA All-Star game that will be played on February 16.

Both of these players were bypassed by the combined fan, player and media voting for All-Star starters. The East starters include Giannis Antetokounmpo, Pascal Siakam, Joel Embiid, Kemba Walker and Trae Young. The coaches were the ones who vote in the reserves, which speaks volumes for these two players.

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will have a live draft to select their teams for the All-Star game. They will first select from the pool of the other 8 starters, and then select from the 14 reserves.

For Butler, it is his 5th All-Star selection and his first with the Heat in as many seasons. Butler has been the leader of the Heat that are 32-15, a surprise to many. Butler averages 20.2 PPG and 6.9 RPG and 6.4 APG. Those are career-highs for rebounds and assists and he is third in the NBA with 9.5 FTA per game.

For Adebayo, this is his first selection in his third season in the NBA. He’s averaging career highs with 16.0 PPG, 10.4 RPG and 4.7 APG. In his first year as a full-time starter, Adebayo has transformed the Heat offense into something special, with his ability to screen and pass while also putting pressure on opponent bigs when he puts it on the floor. He’s earned the respect from many around the NBA this season.

Butler and Adebayo are also joined as reserves by the other five East players voted in by the coaches: Khris Middleton, Kyle Lowry, Ben Simmons, Domas Sabonis and Jayson Tatum. The Western Conference reserves are Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Brandon Ingram, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard and Nikola Jokic.

The Heat will send more than one All-Star for the first time since 2016, the last year they had they had Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade together, although Bosh did not play.

Miami will also be sending Derrick Jones Jr. for the Slam Dunk Contest. They will likely be sending Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro to the Rising Stars game and possibly Duncan Robinson to the three-point shootout.

It should be a Heat-filled Valentine’s weekend in Chicago.