Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

NBA All Star Game Starters Announced

NBA All Star Game Starters Announced

James and Curry received the most votes, announce Thursday, from fans in their conferences and will draft from a pool of the rest of the leagues best for the February 18 game in Los Angeles.

Next month will mark the 14th All-Star Game of James' career.

Reigning Finals MVP, Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, leads the West's frontcourt.

What are the team captains doing?

For the first time in the game's history, the teams will be selected like a fantasy draft rather than the traditional conference affiliation.

I'm glad you asked. West All-Star layout you're accustomed to, the National Basketball Association went with a pick-up game style draft.

Draymond Green was voted second by fans in All-Star voting, but was knocked out of a starting spot because media/players bumped him out. The fan vote accounted for half of the decision while the media and player votes were 25 percent each. The All-Star reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, will be unveiled on Tuesday, Jan. 23 during TNT NBA Tip-Off at 7 p.m. ET.

Voted in as starters from the East are Milwaukee Bucks' star Giannis Antetokounmpo, Philadelphia 76ers' big man Joel Embiid, Boston Celtics'guard Kyrie Irving and Toronto Raptors' gunner DeMar DeRozan. Both captain will make their first four picks from the starters voted in by the fans, media and players.

The All-Star teams will also play for local charities with all donations from the event forwarded to local efforts, per the league's release.

"It would be more fun if we had that kind of draft", commissioner Adam Silver told NBA TV. "There was a sense from the players that it put them in an impossible position, where they're picking one player over another-in part, not because they necessarily think that player is better than another player, maybe because they have a personal relationship with the player".

It's the second consecutive year the Houston Rockets guard has been voted a starter for the game, which takes place February 18 in Los Angeles. Because would we want to live anywhere else?

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