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Giannis Antetokounmpo hopes to draft Steph Curry first in the All-Star Game

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If LeBron James passes on Curry, the Greek Freak is ready to pounce.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo hopes to draft Steph Curry in Thursday’s 2019 All-Star Game draft. The Milwaukee Bucks superstar is one of the All-Star captains, and hopes to end up with the Golden State Warriors two-time MVP on his roster.

But that is dependent on LeBron James, who gets the first pick in the draft. If the Los Angeles Lakers star picks Curry, then we’ll get to see a pretty fun pairing of rivals - but if not, the Greek Freak will be ready to add the greatest shooter of all time.

Last year’s All-Star Draft (the first of its kind, since the format changed for 2018) was not advertised, so we don’t know the order of the selections. But we now know the top two picks, as James opted for Kevin Durant, and then Curry selected Antetokounmpo.

Barring James selecting old teammate Kyrie Irving as a recruiting move, it seems likely that Durant and Curry will be the top picks this year, in one order or the other.

The All-Star draft takes place on Thursday, at 4:00 p.m. PT on TNT. The two captains will take turns making selections through three rounds, with James starting the first and third rounds, and Antetokounmpo starting the second round. Here are the players available.

Round One: Starters (8)
Steph Curry
Kevin Durant
Joel Embiid
Paul George
James Harden
Kyrie Irving
Kawhi Leonard
Kemba Walker

Round Two: Reserves (14)
LaMarcus Aldridge
Bradley Beal
Anthony Davis
Blake Griffin
Nikola Jokic
Damian Lillard
Kyle Lowry
Khris Middleton
D’Angelo Russell
Ben Simmons
Klay Thompson
Karl-Anthony Towns
Nikola Vucevic
Russell Westbrook

Round Three: Legends (2)
Dirk Nowitzki
Dwyane Wade