LeBron James and Kevin Durant made their squad for the All Star Game tonight, live on TNT.
We know the composition of the teams that will compete on Sunday, in Atlanta, during the All Star Game. Captains after garnering the most votes from the public, LeBron James and Kevin Durant have indeed chosen their partners for a day on the occasion of a Draft tonight, live on TNT. Although, we already know that “KD”, forfeit, will not be able to take its place … Remember that the holders were appointed by a combination of votes from the public, the media and the players, while the coaches had, as usual, the responsibility to vote for substitutes. Adam Silver himself designated the players called to compensate for the package of Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Domantas Sabonis. It was therefore up to the captains to compose their “roster”, with the first choice for James, the second for Durant and so on. Replaced in his starting five by Jayson Tatum, the Nets winger also had the opportunity to draw first among the substitutes. Remember that Utah coach Quin Snyder will be on the bench for “Team LeBron”, while Doc Rivers of the 76ers will coach “Team Durant”.
With the first choice, “King James” chose the one known as the “Greek Freak”, Giannis Antetokounmpo. He also got hold of Stephen Curry and Luka Doncic. “KD” brought his two teammates back to Brooklyn, Kyrie Irving in the first round and James Harden, after the first pick in the second. Joel Embiid and Kawhi Leonard will also be on his team. Note that the Lakers winger has selected Paul George, player of the … Clippers. He also amused himself by the rivalry between the two Los Angeles teams when calling the name “PG13”.
Utah, the first are the last
The quadruple NBA champion also had fun when talking about Jazz. In this case, Rudy Gobert and his Utah teammate Donovan Mitchell were the last two players available. Durant bet Mitchell, and the pivot of the Blues therefore automatically joined the ranks of the squad led by LeBron James, to whom Charles Barkley pointed out that he had selected Sabonis previously by explaining that he “needed size” in his “roster. “. And this while the Lithuanian is announced at 2.11m and the French, at 2.16m … Still, LeBron explained, all smiles, having nothing against Utah. And to add, to justify the fact that the two players of the Salt Lake City club were taken last: “In video games, growing up, we never played with Utah”. Bursts of laughter on the set. There is no doubt that Gobert, Mitchell and company, first in the NBA standings, have not missed a beat. If all this was a joke, it will certainly be an additional motivation for the second part of the season in Mormon country … In the meantime, let’s party: the ASG will start at 2 a.m., French time, in the night from Sunday to Monday. It will be live on beIN SPORTS, with individual competitions as the curtain rises.
THE TEAM COMPOSITIONS FOR THE ALL STAR GAME
Team LeBron : Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee, 1er choix du 1er tour), Stephen Curry (Golden State), Luka Doncic (Dallas), Nikola Jokic (Denver) // Damian Lillard (Portland), Ben Simmons (Philadelphie), Chris Paul (Phoenix), Jaylen Brown (Boston), Paul George (L.A. Clippers), Domantas Sabonis (Indiana), Rudy Gobert (Utah).
Team Durant : Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn), Joel Embiid (Philadelphie), Kawhi Leonard (L.A. Clippers), Bradley Beal (Washington), Jayson Tatum (Boston) // James Harden (Brooklyn, 1er choix du 2e tour), Devin Booker (Phoenix), Zion Williamson (New Orleans), Zach LaVine (Chicago), Julius Randle (New York), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando), Donovan Mitchell (Utah).
PARTICIPANTS IN INDIVIDUAL COMPETITIONS
Skills challenge :
Robert Covington (Portland), Luka Doncic (Dallas), Chris Paul (Phoenix), Julius Randle (New York), Domantas Sabonis (Indiana), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando).
Three-point shooting competition :
Devin Booker (Phoenix), Jaylen Brown (Boston), Stephen Curry (Golden State), Zach LaVine (Chicago), Donovan Mitchell (Utah), Jayson Tatum (Boston).
Dunks competition :
Anfernee Simons (Portland), Cassius Stanley (Indiana), Obi Toppin (New York).
The Rising Stars Challenge will not take place this year, but the NBA has nonetheless revealed the selections of the players who should have participated. A list in which we find Zion Williamson (New Orleans), Ja Morant (Memphis) and the favorite for the title of Rookie of the year, LaMelo Ball (Charlotte), within the American selection, and also the French of Oklahoma City, Théo Malédon, former member of Asvel, in the “Team World”.