The NBA All-Star captains and starters will be revealed on Thursday night on TNT’s NBA Tipoff at 6 p.m. ET, as the final results of fan voting (and player and media voting) are made public. Those 10 players, including the two captains, will be assured of their place on the All-Star roster, while 14 others will await their fate with the coaches and wild card votes still to come.
There are some that are mortal locks to be announced on Thursday night. Those would be the likes of LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Giannis Antetokounmpo, all of whom have been well ahead of the pack in fan voting. The other spots will be a little less assured, although there will likely be few major surprises when starters are announced.
One of the names that will almost certainly not be called out on Thursday by the TNT crew is Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard. Lillard is having yet another very good season, averaging 25 points, 6.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game on a 43/35/92 split. Those numbers put him in the conversation for the All-Star team, but after being left off the roster the past two years, Lillard has grown accustomed to being overlooked.