2021 NBA All-star Game Draft Predictions

Will LeBron James draft a better team than Kevin Durant? (Wikimedia Commons)

LeBron James and Kevin Durant will be selecting their teams tonight for the 2021 NBA All-star Game.

Durant, the captain for the East, won’t be playing in the contest, so he will have to craft a team based on other players’ talents. Durant will have the opportunity to select two of his Nets teammates- Kyrie Irving (a starter) and James Harden (a reserve).

James, who has been a captain in every All-star draft, will be looking to select players to complete his skillset and help him emerge victorious.

Here is whom I think each player will select:

Team LeBron Team Durant
LeBron JamesJoel Embiid
Stephen CurryKawhi Leonard
Giannis AntetokounmpoKyrie Irving
Luka DoncicBradley Beal
Nikola JokicJason Tatum
Damian LillardJames Harden
Paul GeorgeChris Paul
Ben SimmonsZion Williamson
Jaylen BrownZach Lavine
Donovan MitchellDevin Booker
Domantas Sabonis Julius Randle
Rudy GobertNikola Vucevic

Note: As the leading vote getter, James has first pick of reserves, and Durant gets first pick of the reserves. The starters are italicized. I drafted these rosters based on fit, not who is the best at the given time. 

Highlights of the draft:

Durant:

  • Gets both of his Nets teammates
  • Gets the Knicks-Nets combo. with Randle
  • Has a good blend of younger and older players

James:

  • Finally gets to play with Curry
  • Has almost an entirely Western Conference starting lineup
  • Has two reserve big men and gets to play with Lillard

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