James picks Durant first for All-Star game

James picks Durant first for All-Star game

James chose Golden State's Kevin Durant with the No. 1 overall pick, as he did past year in the All-Star draft, to be one of his starters. The disenchanted Pelican was not voted as a starter for the All-Star Game and as a reserve, he wasn't eligible to be drafted until the second round of selections.

For his first pick from among the reserves, Antetokounmpo picked his long-standing running mate and first-time All-Star, Khris Middleton. After he did, the Lakers star said he was "very sure" he wanted to make Davis his teammate.

James played along saying, "The tampering rule does not apply on All-Star Weekend".

The perceived tampering by LeBron and the Lakers prompted an National Basketball Association memo that reminded teams of the league's "anti-tampering rule".

New Orleans Pelicans ace Anthony Davis - linked to a move to the Los Angeles Lakers before the trade deadline closed Thursday - headed James' reserves.

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Antetokounmpo is the captain of one team for the game as the top vote-getter among Eastern Conference players in fan balloting. James took Wade, his former Miami and Cleveland teammate and longtime close friend. But he had some fun with that moment.

"And after that, I don't know". "I'm going with my buddy, Dwyane Wade".

James chose Kevin Durant with the No. 1 overall pick, as he did a year ago in the All-Star draft, to be one of his starters.

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"So, the Golden State boys are off the board", James said.

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Note: Westbrook traded from Team LeBron for Simmons after draft.

"You took my guy".

Beal added at the time, though, "Y'all can pick me last, man".

Giannis dubbed his squad "Team Length", taking Steph Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George, Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin, D'Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle Lowry and Dirk Nowitzki. He then proceeded to add some worldwide flavor between his picks of Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic and Philadelphia 76ers maestro Ben Simmons, all first-time All-Stars as well.

True to draft form, the opportunity to trade then resulted in James and Antetokounmpo trading Simmons (who James referred to as "his guy") for Russell Westbrook. Not only did Embiid lose the chance to play with his real-life teammate in the All-Star Game, he was stuck with Westbrook, who has made no bones of his dislike for Embiid. "I have no idea, but he's always in his feelings".

Antetokounmpo said he took George for one reason: "He had a huge dunk on me", Antetokounmpo said, tipping his cap to the slam that the Thunder star threw down last month.

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).

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