LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo named starters and captains for NBA All-Star Game
LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo top the list of 10 players – two guards and three frontline players from each conference – selected by fans, current NBA players and a media panel to start the NBA All-Star Game 2020.
As All-Star starters who led their respective conferences during fan votes in the NBA All-Star voting, James and Antetokounmpo will serve as team captains and draft the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves at each conference. . Team rosters for the 69e NBA All-Star Game to be revealed on TNT in special 2020 NBA All-Star Draft Thursday, Feb.6 at 7 p.m. ET.
The 2020 NBA All-Star Game, featuring Team LeBron versus Team Giannis, will take place on Sunday, February 16 at the United Center in Chicago. TNT and ESPN Radio will broadcast the game live in the United States at 8 p.m. ET. NBA All-Star 2020 will reach fans in over 200 countries and territories in over 40 languages.
With James (front), the Western Conference starting pool includes Lakers ‘Anthony Davis (front), Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Dončić (guard), Houston Rockets ‘James Harden (guard) and LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (front)) .
In the Eastern Conference, Antetokounmpo (front) is joined in the starting pool by Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers (front), Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors (front), Kemba Walker (guard) of the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks. Trae Young (guard).
James was named NBA All-Star for the 16e time, becoming the sole possession of third place for the most caps in league history behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) and Kobe Bryant (18). When he takes the Chicago field, James will set the NBA record for All-Star starts with 16, one more than Bryant (15).
With Dončić, 20, and Young, 21, selected as starters, this is the second time that an NBA All-Star game will feature multiple starters aged 21 and under – a scenario that unfolded during the game. of the 1998 stars with Bryant. (19) and Kevin Garnett (21). The last time multiple NBA sophomores started the same All-Star Game, as Dončić and Young are set to do in Chicago, was the 1996 All-Star Game (Grant Hill and Jason Kidd) .
The starters of the All-Star Game were announced tonight by TNT during the TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader pre-game show. TNT will unveil the All-Star Game reserves (seven players from each conference), as selected by NBA head coaches, on Thursday, January 30 at 7 p.m. ET during TNT NBA Tip.
In the 2020 NBA All-Star Draft, James and Antetokounmpo will select the remaining eight players from the starting pool in the first round, then the 14 players from the reserve pool in the second round. Captains will make their selections regardless of a player’s affiliation or position in the conference.
As the top player overall in fan votes, James will make the first round pick in the first round (Starters) in the NBA All-Star Draft. Antetokounmpo will have the first choice in the second round (Reserves). After the first choice of a round, the choices will alternate until all players of that round have been selected.
2020 NBA ALL-STAR GAME START POOL
• Anthony Davis, Lakers (7e All-Star Selection): The eight-year veteran is an NBA All-Star for the seventh consecutive year. He scored a record 52 points in the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans.
• Luka Dončić, Mavericks (1st All-Star Selection): Dončić, who turns 21 on February 28, is set to become the youngest European player to appear in an All-Star Game and the ninth player in NBA history to appear in an All-Star Game at age 20 or under. He is the youngest All-Star starter since James, 20, in 2005.
• James Harden, Rockets (8e All-Star Selection): The 2019-20 NBA scoring leader has been an All-Star for all eight seasons with Houston, tying Yao Ming for the second All-Star selection in Rockets history behind Hakeem Olajuwon (12). Harden was elected for the fourth year in a row.
• LeBron James, Lakers (16e All-Star Selection): It will be James 16e The All-Star Game is starting in a row, a streak that began in its second NBA season. Three-time All-Star Game MVP, James has scored the most points in All-Star Game history (362).
• Kawhi Leonard, lawnmowers (4e All-Star Selection): Leonard has been named a starter four times as an All-Star. After starting two All-Star Games with the San Antonio Spurs and one with the Raptors, Leonard is set to become the seventh player in NBA history to launch All-Star Games with three franchises.
• Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks (4e All-Star Selection): The reigning NBA MVP Kia is an All-Star starter for the fourth year in a row and a team captain for the second year in a row. He has the highest scoring average in All-Star Game history at 28.0 points per game.
• Joel Embiid, 76ers (3rd All-Star Selection): Embiid is the first 76ers player to be named a starter to three straight All-Star Games since Allen Iverson was selected to start seven in a row from 2000 to 2006.
• Pascal Siakam, Raptors (1st All-Star Selection): After averaging 6.0 points per game in his first two NBA seasons as a 27e A choice in the 2016 NBA Draft, Siakam won the 2018-19 NBA Kia Most Improved Player award and will now be the first NBA G League veteran to start an NBA All-Star game. Like Embiid, Siakam is originally from Cameroon and a former camper of Basketball Without Borders (BWB).
• Kemba Walker, Celtics (4e All-Star Selection): This is the fourth consecutive All-Star nod for Walker, who made his first All-Star game last season as a member of the Charlotte Hornets.
• Trae Young, Hawks (1st All-Star Selection): Young, in his second NBA season, is the first Hawks player in 44 years to win an All-Star selection in one of his first two seasons.