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Draft All-Star Game – NBA

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LeBron and Durant chose the All Star Game teams and there was controversy. The leaders of each NBA conference put on a star-studded Draft and produced two impressive teams, but it looks like there’s already a clear winner.

By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

The NBA already has its two teams for the All Star Game that will be played on February 20 at the Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland Cavaliers.

For the fifth consecutive year there will be no East vs. West classic, but two captains –LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the most voted by Conference- have chosen their teammates among those who were selected.

The Los Angeles Lakers GOAT, the only surviving captain of the last five editions, ended up in the votes of fans, press and players, as head of the West and the NBA with 9.1 million votes, for which he was in charge of open Draft.

In his first pick, LeBron selected Giannis Antetokounmpo from Milwaukee Bucks, captain in two editions -2019 and 2020- and champion and MVP of the 2021 NBA Finals, while Durant surprised with the inclusion in first place of Joel Embiid from Philadelphia 76ers and current regular season MVP candidate.

James completed his quintet with Stephen Curry and Nikola Jokic, LeBron’s two teammates in the last All Star Game, and surprised everyone with the inclusion of DeMar DeRozan among the starters.

Durant had to pick four other starters since he himself won’t be able to play due to injury and selected Ja Morant, the sensation of the NBA and Memphis Grizzlies, Jayson Tatum, Andrew Wiggins and Trae Young, one of the revelations of the season.

In the election of the substitutes, the course was reversed and KD began. The Brooklyn Nets forward picked LaMello Ball, Devin Booker, Rudy Gobert, Zach LaVine, Khris Middleton, Dejounte Murray and Karl-Anthony Towns.

As you read: Durant did not choose James Harden. His now ex-partner – he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in the midst of a lousy performance with the Nets – was the controversy of the night as he was chosen last in the Draft and on Team LeBron.

In addition to Harden in last place, James was fortunate to include Luka Doncic as the first backup, followed by Jimmy Butler, Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Chris Paul and Fred VanVleet.

Rumors indicate that Durant chose a team based on his relationships, despite not having to play in the All-Star Game, and left in front of a tremendous team that they already give Team LeBron as the winner of the match.


 

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