James picks Giannis first for All Stars
A year after LeBron James selected Kevin Durant as the first overall pick, the two superstars found themselves as opponents for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game draft.
James, the Western Conference captain, said he is less than enthused by the festivities this year due to the shortened offseason and the Covid-19 pandemic, and Durant won't be playing in the game because of injury. The proceedings carried on nevertheless with both captains sharing laughs about their favourite All-Star Game memories.
James, a 17-time All-Star, selected Giannis Antetokounmpo as the first overall pick among other starters. James was granted the first pick because he received the most fan votes to be in the game. Durant, the Eastern Conference captain, followed by drafting his Brooklyn Nets teammate Kyrie Irving as his first starter.
The rest of James' starting lineup is made up of Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic and Denver Nuggets centre Nikola Jokic.
Durant's starting lineup includes Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid and Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard. Since there was an uneven number of players, Durant automatically got Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum.
Tatum, who was originally selected to the game as a reserve, filled Durant's role as a starter and Indiana Pacers star Domantas Sabonis was brought into the reserves as Tatum's reserve replacement.
Australia's Ben Simmons was James' second pick among the reserves, after Damian Lillard.
Starters - Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, LeBron James.
Reserves - Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, Chris Paul, Jaylen Brown, Paul George, Domantas Sabonis, Rudy Gobert.
Team Durant: -
Starters -Kyrie Irving, Joel Embiid, Kawhi Leonard, Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum.
Reserves -James Harden, Devin Booker, Zion Williamson, Zach LaVine, Julius Randle, Nikola Vucevic, Donovan Mitchell
The 2021 NBA All-Star game will be played Sunday.
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