The NBA’s second annual All-Star Game draft, featuring LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo as team captains, was televised for the first time ever Thursday night on TNT, and it didn’t disappoint.
James and Antetokounmpo, who were named captains because they led their respective conferences in All-Star Game fan votes, began the draft by picking from the pool of players voted in as All-Star starters (via fans, players and media members) and then picked from the pool of players voted in as All-Star reserves (via NBA head coaches). They made their selections without regard to a player’s conference affiliation or position.
They also picked from a pool of two special roster additions — Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki — who were added by NBA commissioner Adam Silver “in honor of their extraordinary contributions as iconic NBA champions and beloved ambassadors and in recognition of their All-Star careers.”
The full draft order is below…
Round one (starters)
1. Team LeBron: Kevin Durant
2. Team Giannis: Stephen Curry
3. Team LeBron: Kyrie Irving
4. Team Giannis: Joel Embiid
5. Team LeBron: Kawhi Leonard
6. Team Giannis: Paul George
“He’s been balling out this season. He had a huge dunk on me, also,” Antetokounmpo said.
7. Team LeBron: James Harden
8. Team Giannis: Kemba Walker
Round two (reserves)
9. Team Giannis: Khris Middleton
10. Team LeBron: Anthony Davis
“Isn’t that tampering?” Antetokounmpo asked.
“Tampering rules do not apply on All-Star weekend,” James replied.
11. Team Giannis: Nikola Jokic
12. Team LeBron: Klay Thompson
13. Team Giannis: Ben Simmons
“He took my choice. He took my guy!” James said.
14. Team LeBron: Damian Lillard
15. Team Giannis: Blake Griffin
16. Team LeBron: Russell Westbrook
Westbrook was then traded by James in exchange Simmons…
17. Team Giannis: D’Angelo Russell
18. Team LeBron: LaMarcus Aldridge
19. Team Giannis: Nikola Vucevic
20. Team LeBron: Karl-Anthony Towns
21. Team Giannis: Kyle Lowry
22. Team LeBron: Bradley Beal
Round three (special roster additions)
23. Team LeBron: Dwyane Wade
24. Team Giannis: Dirk Nowitzki