NBA All-Star Game 2019: LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo highlight starters

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will serve as captains for their respective teams in the upcoming NBA All-Star game, after voting that had really no surprises.

The NBA named all of the starters Thursday. Lakers star James, the leading vote-getter in the Western Conference, and Bucks forward Antetokounmpo, the East’s leader in voting, will choose the remainder of their teams for the Feb. 17 game in Charlotte, NC.

Joining James as starters selected from the Western Conference are guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant of the Warriors and Rockets guard James Harden and Thunder forward Paul George, who won a tiebreaker over the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis.

Forwards Kawhi Leonard (Raptors) and Joel Embiid (76ers) and guards Kyrie Irving (Celtics) and Kemba Walker (Hornets) were selected from the East in addition to Antetokounmpo.

The starters were voted in by averaging votes cast by fans, players and a media panel.

James and Antetokounmpo will choose their respective teams from the eight remaining starters, and then a total of 14 additional reserves (seven from each conference, as selected by NBA head coaches) will then be chosen. Those picks will be made next Thursday live on TNT.

Walker, set to play the game in his home arena, will be making his first start in the NBA All-Star Game.