On Thursday night the NBA announced the starters for the 2019 NBA All-Star game, with LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounpo the captains for their respective coast.
Up next, the two captains will select their team in a televised “draft” - here’s one way that might play out, from our pal Tom Ziller - while the league will add to that pool of players when the coaches select the reserves for both the Eastern and Western Conference on January 31st.
Who should make the team from the East? Well, according to the TNT crew, there should be at least one representative from the Brooklyn Nets, or in one case, two members of the Nets.
That’s right, the crew all think that D’Angelo Russell should make the team, while Sir Charles thinks that Spencer Dinwiddie should also be on the team.
From a voting perspective, Russell finished 11th in fan voting, 10th in player voting and 8th in media voting.
LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are officially this year's NBA All-Star captains. The remaining NBA starters are Steph Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Joel Embiid, Kawhi Leonard. Here's a breakdown of the fan/player/media voting: pic.twitter.com/e68C64jTT4— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 25, 2019
Meanwhile, interestingly enough, Jarrett Allen picked up 14 votes from his peers to make the All-Star team - that’s more than the likes of Myles Turner (11), Domantas Sabonis (11) and Aaron Gordon (10). It’s unlikely he’ll make it as a reserve, but good to see him getting some respect from his peers.
Here are your All-Star game starters.
The All-Star draft show will take place on Thursday, February 7th, at 7:00pm EST on TNT.