NBA All-Star Draft 2019 : The NBA’s All-Star Weekend is far more a spectacle than it is a serious competition of top players.
NBA All-Star mock draft 2019 Live
When: Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m. ET
Captains: LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo
Often, events like the celebrity game and the dunk contest are more exciting than the All-Star Game itself. Last year, though, the NBA decided to make things a little more interesting by allowing team captains to pick their rosters playground-style.
This led to some fun goings-on like a reunion between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, and a pairing of Steph Curry and James Harden. The game itself ended up being a little more interesting, though fans probably would have liked to see the actual selection process.
“This thing should have been televised,” James said at the time, per Ian Begley of ESPN.com. “We didn’t think this out all the way through.”
Well, when a king wants something, he usually gets it. James has again been named a team captain alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the two will pick their respective teams live on television. Hopefully, the reactions will make for some rather entertaining content.
If you’re a diehard NBA fan, you’ll want to be sure to catch the draft as it happens. Well, here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 NBA All-Star draft along with some predictions.
James and Antetokounmpo will each get 12 selections. They will first pick four players from the starters pool and then eight from the reserves pool. James will get the first pick of the starters while Antetokounmpo will pick first from the reserves.
Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki are special roster additions to the all-star draft and make up a third round, of which James will have first pick.
Neither captain needs to pick from his own conference. The draft will be wide open, so this will be about selecting the players who can best perform together.Antetokounmpo already appears to have his top choice in mind.
“I might pick Steph because he picked me first last year, so I have to return the favor,” Antetokounmpo said, per Malika Andrews of ESPN.com. “After that, I think it is going to be random.”
Would it be a bit odd to see James and Kevin Durant on the same team? Possibly, especially since Durant has made it clear he doesn’t like being considered the second-best player in the league.
Still, it’s something plenty of fans would love to see, and James is as much a showman and an entertainer as he is an elite player. It’s a move that would ensure there remains plenty of buzz surrounding All-Star Weekend.
The pairing could make for some captivating storylines, especially if Durant views being James’ No. 1 pick as still being No. 2.