For the second year in a row, Kevin Durant will lace up his sneakers for Team LeBron James at the All-Star Game. James had the first overall pick in Thursday’s All-Star Draft, and, just as he did a year ago, he picked KD. With the very next pick, Giannis Antetokounmpo chose Steph Curry, once again pitting the Golden State Warriors MVPs against each other.
With the first pick of the #NBAAllStar Draft, @KDTrey5 was drafted to Team Lebron & will be joined by teammate @KlayThompson.— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 8, 2019
With the second pick, @StephenCurry30 was drafted to Team Giannis.#DubNation pic.twitter.com/NOfAk18Avm
In round two, when the reserves were selected, Klay Thompson went fourth overall, joining Durant on Team LeBron James. Was that James showing respect to one of his rivals, or getting in on some All-Star Game recruiting?
Probably a little bit of both, as James’ strategy was rather clear. The first two starters he selected were Durant and Kyrie Irving, while his first two reserves were Anthony Davis and Thompson. Those are all players that LeBron would love to come to LA.
The draft was televised for the first time, and was a lot of fun. It even featured a trade, which James asked for to pair Joel Embiid with Russell Westbrook, in a playful hope to create a friendship out of two players who have gone back and forth.
Here are the full lineups:
Team LeBron James
Team Giannis Antetokounmpo
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game takes place on Sunday, February 17, in Charlotte, NC. The game begins at 5:00 p.m. PT on TNT.