LeBron James picks Kevin Durant first for All-Star Game

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry

It was a cool idea, but for some, there was one problem: We had no idea when the captains selected everyone to be on their teams.

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo were named All-Star captains after securing the most fan votes in this year's balloting.

Antetokounmpo selected Milwaukee's Khris Middleton with the first pick in the reserve round, keeping the Bucks teammates together for the All-Star Game in Charlotte.

LeBron selected Kevin Durant with his first pick, while Antetokounmpo opted for Durant's teammate Stephen Curry.

The starter's for Wade's team, which was drafted by James: Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, Toronto Raptors wing Kawhi Leonard, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and James.

With the entire basketball world anticipating James taking old friend and championship teammate Dwyane Wade with the special selection pick, James pretended to shock the NBA at Nowitzki's expense.

Both teams were set Thursday, in the first ever televised NBA All-Star Draft, when LeBron James proposed a trade to Giannis Antetokounmpo. "I'm going with Dirk", James said during the prerecorded draft before bursting out into laughter.

Davis told the Pelicans he wanted a trade, and James has made it clear that he'd love to play with him. "I'm going with my buddy, Dwyane Wade".

"I know Ben Simmons is your guy so I'll do it", Antetokounmpo said.

"I didn't have to lobby for it", Wade said. 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.

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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