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 James||Joel Embiid|
|Stephen Curry||Kawhi Leonard|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo||Kyrie Irving|
|Luka Doncic||Bradley Beal|
|Nikola Jokic||Jason Tatum|
|Damian Lillard||James Harden|
|Paul George||Chris Paul|
|Ben Simmons||Zion Williamson|
|Jaylen Brown||Zach Lavine|
|Donovan Mitchell||Devin Booker|
|Domantas Sabonis||Julius Randle|
|Rudy Gobert||Nikola 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:
- Gets both of his Nets teammates
- Gets the Knicks-Nets combo. with Randle
- Has a good blend of younger and older players
- 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