Kevin Durant had the privilege of being the first chosen by Lebron James for his initial team at the All Star to be held on February 17 in Charlotte. The captain of the other team, Giannis Antetokounmpo, responded with the election of Stephen Curry.
The teams were chosen by both captains, which in turn had been designated after the computation of the votes of the fans, the NBA players themselves and the press. They were able to make their election without restriction by belonging to a Conference or by position.
From among the eight players designated to form the initial quinetos with them, LeBron chose, in addition to Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard and James Harden. While Antetokounmpo, in addition to Curry, opted for Joel Embiid, Paul George and Kemba Walker.
Antetokounmpo was able to choose the first of the reserves and opted for his teammate Khris Middleton, and successively for Nikola Jokic, Ben Simmons, but then exchanged for Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, D'Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle Lowry and Dirk Nowitzki, who was added in a third election just as Dwyane Wade did in the LeBron team as both special guests by appointment of NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
LeBron will have the following substitutes for his team: Anthony Davis, who was not finally transferred to the Lakers in the NBA winter market that ended this Thursday, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley Beal and Dwyane Wade.
Last season, the first in which the All Star was celebrated with the format of two captains who chose their teams, LeBron James also opted in his first election for Kevin Durant, while Stephen Curry, who was then captain, chose Giannis Antetokounmpo. The game held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles it was won by the LeBron team by 145-148.