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No Utah Jazz players were selected to the 2012 NBA All-Star team.
Forward Paul Millsap and center Al Jefferson were the team's best candidates.
It's the first time since 2009 the Jazz (13-11) haven't had an All-Star selection.
Former Utah guard Deron Williams made the team in 2010 and 2011, and he was selected as an Eastern Conference reserve this year.
The Western Conference starters are Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum. Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, Dirk Nowitzki and Tony Parker were selected Thursday as reserves.
In the Eastern Conference, the starters are Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose. The reserves are Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson, Roy Hibbert, Paul Pierce, Luol Deng, Andre Iguodala and Williams.
Millsap ranks second on the Jazz in average points (16.5), while being first in rebounds (9.7), steals (1.4) and field-goal percentage (52.3).
Jefferson is averaging team highs in points (18.5), blocks (1.6) and minutes (33:01), and ranks second in rebounds (8.9).
"I haven't been thinking about it," Jefferson said Thursday before practice. "I've been disappointed so many years when I was younger. I refuse to let it get to me now. If I make it, it will be a dream come true. If I don't, just continue to work hard."
Second-year Jazz forward Gordon Hayward was chosen Wednesday to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Utah forward Jeremy Evans has said he wants to participate in the annual dunk contest.
Steve Luhm contributed to this article.