NBA All-Star Game Starters, LeBron James & Giannis Antetokounmpo Voted Team Captains

Posted January 26, 2019

The two NBA All-Star Game team captains will draft the rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their selections regardless of conference affiliation.

Leonard, who was also a starter in 2016 and 2017 when he played with the San Antonio Spurs, finished second in voting behind Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was named a captain along with LeBron James of the L.A. Lakers.

- Kawhi Leonard, Raptors (3rd All-Star selection): Voted to start for the third time, Leonard gives Toronto an All-Star Game starter for the fifth consecutive year.

Captains and starter versions of the 2019 NBA All-Star Edition jerseys are available at Nike.com and some retailers, with reserve player jerseys to be released January 31.

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Goran Dragic, named as an injury replacement, was the Heat's lone All-Star previous year in Los Angeles.

Curry and Irving finished as the top vote-getters among guards in their respective conferences, as both approached 3.9 million votes. That allows for a maximum of four guards from each conference to be voted in as reserves.

Walker is the lone first time starter among the 10 starters.

"The players didn't vote for him", Charles Barkley said during TNT's announcements.

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For the second year in a row, Jordan Brand (not Nike) will be the official brand of the NBA All-Star uniforms.

Dwyane Wade, who is playing in his final season in the National Basketball Association, is in a similar situation like Rose.

The seven reserve spots include three frontcourt players, two guards and two additional players regardless of position. George won the tiebreaker with the New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis for the third starting spot in the Western Conference frontcourt group.

Fan voting accounted for 50 per-cent of the overall ranking with current National Basketball Association players and media making up the remaining 50 per-cent with 25 per-cent each. The formula to determine a player's score is (Fan Rank * 2 + Player Rank + Media Rank)/4.

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