For the first time ever, this year’s NBA All-Star Game will feature two captains picking their respective teams from a pool of starters selected by fans, fellow players and media members. After all the votes were tallied, the league announced the captains on TNT on Thursday night, and the guys who’ll be choosing sides … well, you’ve seen a lot of them the last few summers.
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the top overall vote-getter in fan balloting, and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who led all Western Conference players in voting, will act as the captains in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game next month in Los Angeles.
Joining James among the five representatives from the Eastern Conference are his former Cavalier teammate and current Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, Milwaukee Bucks dynamo Giannis Antetokounmpo, and, in his first appearance in the midseason exhibition, crowd-pleasing and charismatic Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid.
Curry is joined among Western Conference participants by his Warriors teammate Kevin Durant, Houston Rockets guard James Harden, and New Orleans Pelicans big men Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, who joins Embiid as the only first-time starters among this year’s selections.
14 reserves, who are still chosen by NBA coaches will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23, during the pre-game show while
the full captain-selected rosters will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 25 This year’s All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center in L.A. on Sunday, Feb. 18