By John Askounis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Twenty players were named VTB United League All Stars upon the conclusion of the second phase, VTB announced on Wednesday. Five backcourt and five frontcourt players formed the Russian Stars and World Stars squads. The league holds two wild cards to complete the rosters.
Fans initially voted for the list of 66 players that media representatives including Eurohoops chose from to make out the current ten-man squads. VTB will follow appointing the head coaches and determining the starting lineups ahead of the duel between the Russian Stars and the World Stars set to take place on February 16th at Moscow.
Russian Stars: Anton Astapkovich, Maxim Grigoryev, Dmitry Khvostov, Dmitry Kulagin, Nikita Kurbanov, Alexey Shved, Vladislav Trushkin, Andrey Vorontsevich, Artem Zabelin and Denis Zakharov.
World Stars: Gustavo Ayon, Davion Berry, Drew Gordon, Mike James, Jonas Jerebko, Adas Juskevicius, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Errick McCollum, Jamar Smith and Janis Timma.
The restriction of no more than two players from the same club in one of the two All-Star Teams held Joel Bolomboy out despite landing fifth place in the frontcourt list. Nikita Kurbanov and Andrey Vorontsevich earned more votes and will represent CSKA Moscow as members of the Russian Stars.
Photo Credit: VTB United League