LeBron James picks Kevin Durant first for All-Star Game

LeBron James picks Kevin Durant first for All-Star Game

As the second-leading vote-getter behind James, Giannis Antetokounmpo had the No. 2 overall pick in the All-Star Draft, which he used on Stephen Curry.

Antetokounmpo selected Milwaukee's Khris Middleton with the first pick in the reserve round, keeping the Bucks teammates together for the All-Star Game in Charlotte. During the player selection, LeBron made a decision to take Anthony Davis with his first pick in the second round.

Aldridge went ahead of four other all-star players and Dwayne Wade and Dirk Nowitzki who are special additions to the roster.

Now they've reaped the rewards of their captaincy and picked their team's playground-style from a pool of starters voted in by fans, players and media and reserves selected by coaches. But for now, their time as teammates will be limited to All-Star weekend.

Given that James had the first pick of that round, it was a foregone conclusion that he would select Wade, his close friend and former championship-winning Miami teammate. "I'm going with Dirk", James said during the prerecorded draft before bursting out into laughter.

"The best way to do this is for Giannis to trade everybody on his bench for Anthony Davis", Barkley joked, referencing the Lakers' reported offers to the Pelicans involving much of their young core.

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Just look at James' face when he drafts Anthony Davis!

"I might pick Steph because he picked me first previous year, so I've got to return the favour", Antetokounmpo said after Milwaukee's 113-94 victory over Brooklyn. "I'm going with my buddy, Dwyane Wade".

As the pair laughed over James' conundrum of playing against his protégé, the spirit of the National Basketball Association trade deadline took over, with James proposing a trade to send Russell Westbrook to Team Giannis in exchange for Simmons.

"F-- no", Westbrook replied, while Embiid said of his nemesis, "I don't know why he was mad".

Another intriguing layer came when Klay Thompson was drafted to Team LeBron. Instead, the player nicknamed "The Greek Freak" wound up with a notable amount of worldwide players on his roster, including Embiid, Nowitzki, the Nuggets' Nikola Jokic and the Magic's Nikola Vucevic.

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