The NBA revealed on Thursday night who would be headlining the Eastern and Western Conferences for the 2019 NBA All-Star game on February 17, 2019. As the top vote-getters, Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) and LeBron James (LA Lakers) are captains of the East and West, respectively.
The starting lineups are as follows:
Backcourt: Kyrie Irving, G, Boston Celtics
Backcourt: Kemba Walker, G, Charlotte Hornets
Frontcourt: Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Milwaukee Bucks
Frontcourt: Kawhi Leonard, F, Toronto Raptors
Frontcourt: Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ers
Backcourt: Stephen Curry, G, Golden State Warriors
Backcourt: James Harden, G, Houston Rockets
Frontcourt: LeBron James, F, Los Angeles Lakers
Frontcourt: Kevin Durant, F, Golden State Warriors
Frontcourt: Paul George, F, Oklahoma City Thunder
Early fan favorites like Luka Doncic and Derrick Rose didn’t make the cut as starters, thanks to the new format that saw fan votes counting for 50% while fellow players and media votes get 25% apiece. However, they could still be in the running for the reserves. You can view the full voting results on the official NBA website.
As captains, both James and Antetokounmpo have the task of filling out their remaining roster. They’ll have to choose amongst the remaining eight starters regardless of conference designation and fourteen reserves – seven from each conference – who will be chosen by the NBA head coaches.
The NBA will be announcing the pool of reserves on January 31, 2019. The 2019 NBA All-Star Draft will take place on February 7, 2019. You can catch the broadcast on TNT at 7pm ET. TNT will also be televising the All-Star game on February 17 at 8pm ET.
As the top overall finisher in fan voting, @KingJames will make first pick in the First Round (Starters). @Giannis_An34 will have first pick in the Second Round (Reserves).— 2019 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) January 25, 2019
After the first pick in a round, picks will alternate until all players in that round have been selected. pic.twitter.com/VHpBw9p6xf
The 2019 All-Star Jerseys were also revealed on Thursday night. Seeing as the game will happen in Charlotte, North Carolina, the jerseys come courtesy of the Jordan Brand. This is only apt as Michael Jordan is the principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets, after all.
One team will wear white, while the other team gets the black jerseys. The players’ respective team logos will be printed on the front, where you can also see the Jumpman logo in the upper-right.
On January 31 (Thursday night), the NBA announced the 7 reserves from the Eastern and Western conferences each.
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
This is a developing story, so stay tuned! We’ll update as the draft determines the completed rosters.