Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo selects his All-Star team

Florence Fletcher
February 9, 2019

It's also unclear how James drafted his team as the National Basketball Association didn't yet televise the event.

Antetokounmpo revealed he promised Milwaukee Bucks teammate Khris Middleton that he would be picked first amongst reserves.

After the starters were selected, Antetokounmpo and James made a show out of the reserves, especially after Antetokounmpo picked his teammate, Khris Middleton first, setting up James' first bench pick, Anthony Davis.

For the second straight year, the National Basketball Association held a draft to determine the rosters for the All-Star Game and this year the league used the third round of the draft to let the captains pick from "special roster additions" Wade and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki.

Davis, Irving and James were also teammates in the 2018 All-Star Game, though in that instance the three were starters.

Given that James had the first pick of that round, it was a foregone conclusion that he would select Wade, his close friend and former championship-winning Miami teammate.

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LeBron James selected longtime rival Kevin Durant with the first pick in the All-Star draft.

New Orleans Pelicans ace Anthony Davis - linked to a move to the Los Angeles Lakers before the trade deadline closed Thursday - headed James' reserves. James and Curry were the captains past year, but the order of their picks were not revealed or aired. I think it's going to be random. When Antetokounmpo took Simmons minutes before, James used an expletive and exclaimed, "You took my guy!"

"I'm going to enjoy it", Wade said.

Here are the final all-star rosters, listed in order of how they were drafted (note that the captains alternated picks in each round and that, before the trade, Simmons was taken four spots ahead of Westbrook).

Prior to the draft, Antetokounmpo said that he planned on pairing Westbrook and Embiid together on his roster to help simmer their on-court rivalry, but he wasn't done there.

Antetokounmpo selected two centers, Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic and Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic alongside Detroit Pistons forward Nikola Jokic.

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