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Here Are The Results For The 2019 NBA All-Star Game Draft, Including LeBron Picking Anthony Davis


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The NBA adopted a new All-Star Game format last year, one in which the top vote getters in each conference served as captains of teams and got to draft their rosters. It was a cool idea, but for some, there was one problem: We had no idea when the captains selected everyone to be on their teams.

The league tried to satiate the demands for those fans, and on Thursday, the captains for the 2019 All-Star Game — LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo — came together in a pre-recorded segment on TNT to make their selections. James got the first pick among the pool of starters by nature of being the league’s leading vote-getter, while Antetokounmpo got the first pick once it time to pick reserves. With the final two picks, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade, James will get first dibs.

Here is how the entire draft went down:

Starters

  1. Kevin Durant
  2. Steph Curry
  3. Kyrie Irving
  4. Joel Embiid
  5. Kawhi Leonard
  6. Paul George
  7. James Harden
  8. Kemba Walker

Reserves

  1. Khris Middleton
  2. Anthony Davis
  3. Nikola Jokic
  4. Klay Thompson
  5. Ben Simmons
  6. Damian Lillard
  7. Blake Griffin
  8. Russell Westbrook
  9. D’Angelo Russell
  10. LaMarcus Aldridge
  11. Nikola Vucevic
  12. Karl-Anthony Towns
  13. Kyle Lowry
  14. Bradley Beal

Special Additions

  1. Dwyane Wade
  2. Dirk Nowitzki

Watching the draft go down was a blast, especially because Antetokounmpo taking his teammate No. 1 among the reserves in Middleton meant that James got to take Davis with his first reserve pick. Considering everything that went down with the Lakers pursuing the Pelicans star before the trade deadline, it made for some great TV. Because the draft happened earlier in the morning — before the Lakers were unable to trade for Davis — both Ernie Johnson and Antetokounmpo prodded James over the selection, with Antetokounmpo asking if this was tampering.

To add to the intrigue, the two captains agreed to a trade. James asked Antetokounmpo if he’d be up for a Simmons-for-Westbrook, partly because Giannis wants to pair Westbrook and Embiid together, and partly because this was LeBron’s reaction to seeing the Sixers star get picked by his fellow captain.

With the draft now complete, and the trade agreed to by the powers that be, the rosters for the game are as follows.

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