Tony Avelar / Associated Press
The step for the NBA 2019 All-Star Game is set after the league televised its star player project for the first time in its history on Thursday night.
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee Bucks were the editors of the project after winning the votes for their respective conferences, James ranking first after accumulating the largest number of votes.
With starters and reservations announced in January, James and Antetokounmpo both had some time to develop strategies.
#TeamLeBron as written by @KingJames for #NBAAllStar 2019! https://t.co/OK0ChaS5SB
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers *
Kevin Durant, warriors of the state of the gold *
Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics *
Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors *
James Harden, Houston Rockets *
Anthony Davis, pelicans of New Orleans
Klay Thompson, warriors of the state of the gold
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs
Cities of Karl-Anthony, Minnesota Timberwolves
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Dwyane Wade, G, Miami Heat
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers (13th overall) **
#TeamGiannis as written by @ Giannis_An34 for #NBAAllStar 2019! https://t.co/BeshQF5g8z
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks *
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors *
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers *
Paul George, Thunder of Oklahoma City *
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets *
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons
Dr. Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
Russell Westbrook, Thunder Oklahoma City (taken 16th overall) **
At first, there was little drama in this rough draft.
James faced Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant with first overall pick for the second year in a row and Antetokounmpo stuck to his word by taking twice MVP NBA Stephen Curry with his first selection.
James also proved that he and Kyrie Irving were in a "good position" by taking his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate with his second choice.
The fall of James Harden, star of the Houston Rockets, is perhaps the most important scenario of the first round of the session. The NBA's most valuable NBA player leads the NBA in scoring (36.5 points per game), and has recorded more than 30 points in 28 consecutive games. however, six the players were selected before the beard.
There was a lot to watch as the bill went into the second round. The Greek Freak took his Bucks teammate Khris Middleton with his first round 2 pick, and James quickly grabbed New Orleans' Pelicans star Anthony Davis, who would have been a Lakers target before the deadline. of the transaction.
This choice hilariously raised accusations of falsification:
"Since that time of the year …"
We have our very first trade #NBAAllStarDraft! 👀 https://t.co/QIa0FXpR52
The Davis selection was not the only choice of James who raised eyebrows. Many of the player's most prominent player choices in the match made him believe that he was taking this opportunity to recruit Lakers:
Bron is not a model !! Drafted KD, Kyrie, Kawhi and AD !!!! All have the opportunity to play with him here this summer
Antetokounmpo shot a quick on James by taking Ben Simmons, star of the Philadelphia 76ers, in the middle of the round. This has proven to set the stage for a draft All Star, the very first exchange of the event.
James acquired "my guy" Simmons in exchange for NBA's most valuable player for 2016-17, Russell Westbrook. This led to the turn of events on Twitter:
This trade was prefaced by James saying that he thought that Antetokounmpo would like to see the Westbrook Center and the Joel Sixes Embiid – who have a l & # 39; history bad blood, in the same team. As a social media legend, Embiid reacted to the transaction soon after:
Maybe the Westbrook-Embiid quarrel will be the last one to choke on the star game. Two years ago, Durant and Westbrook connected to break the tension alley, which attracted quite the reaction from the west bank. Last year's game offered James and Irving a chance to play together for the first time since the latter escaped from Cleveland.
With James and Irving again on the same team, the deal between Westbrook and Simmons will prevent former OKC teammates Westbrook, Durant and Harden (all of whom have now received the NBA MVP Award) from coming together. .
After getting used to the size, the Greek Freak used the 17th choice of General D & # 39; Angelo Russell, goalkeeper of the Brooklyn Nets, replacing Victor Oladipo, injured, in the Conference Reserves of # 39; Is.
The only concern regarding the release of the draft concerned the last selected player. Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal before made understand that he did not care to know if he was the last of the table because he was an All Star. As fate would have it, it was the last reserve taken.
Beal was not technically the last player selected. This year's all-star game features two honorary players: Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki. While James initially pretended to simulate everyone, he made sure to take his buddy Banana Boat, who made his last appearance in the All-Star:
. @ KingJames with the fake pump 👀
D-Wade joins #TeamLeBron https://t.co/swdvOejPqj
The NBA 2019 All-Star Game will take place Feb. 17 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.