The NBA has had captains draft the All-Star groups yearly since 2018, however prior to now the precise drafting occurred every week or two earlier than the precise occasion. That all modified this time round, because the league moved the All-Star Draft to minutes earlier than tip-off in true playground fashion.
This yr’s captains are LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who acquired essentially the most fan votes within the Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively. James, by advantage of getting essentially the most general fan votes, received the primary choose among the many starters, whereas Antetokounmpo had the primary choose of the reserves.
But with a view to keep away from the embarrassment of somebody being the final choose, the league flipped the order and had them choose reserves first. As a end result, Antetokounmpo had the primary choose of the evening, and in a shock transfer took Damian Lillard as a substitute of his teammate Jrue Holiday. James, in the meantime, went with fellow Klutch shopper Anthony Edwards. When it was time for the starters, James made Joel Embiid his first choice, whereas Antetokounmpo went for Jayson Tatum.
Here’s a take a look at the draft outcomes and the complete rosters for every crew:
Team LeBron roster
Team Giannis roster
This is the third time because the implementation of the captains format that we have had Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis, which is the commonest matchup. Team LeBron is 2-0 of their earlier conferences.
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