Lakers’ James, Bucks’ Antetokounmpo Named Captains For 2019 NBA All-Star Game


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker will share center stage with the biggest names in basketball when he steps on his home court as a starter in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

The NBA All-Star game will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, at 8 p.m., on Sunday, February 17th, 2019.

The leading fan vote recipients from the Western Conference and Eastern Conference respectively,  LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will serve as captains.  They will build the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players selected as starters and reserves.

The captains will pick from the eight other payers voted as starters first, followed by the 14 players named as reserves, regardless of conference affiliation. The final rosters will be revealed February 7th, at 7 p.m., on TNT during their NBA All-Star Draft Special.

The starters were selected by a combination of fan votes, player votes and media voting.  The fan votes counted 50% and the player and media votes counted 25% each.

The All-Star Game reserves, seven players from each conference, will be selected by NBA head coaches and announced on January 31st, during TNT NBA Tip-Off,  at 7 p.m.

2019 NBA ALL-STAR GAME STARTER POOL

Western Conference

  • Stephen Curry, Warriors (6th All-Star selection): Curry has extended his team record for consecutive All-Star Game starting honors to six.
  • Kevin Durant, Warriors (10th All-Star selection): The 2012 Kia NBA All-Star MVP is an All-Star for the 10th season in a row and a starter for the eighth time.
  • Paul George, Thunder (6th All-Star selection): The last time George started the All-Star Game, he made a record nine three-pointers and scored 41 points in 2016.
  • James Harden, Rockets (7th All-Star selection): The Kia NBA MVP for the 2017-18 season has been an All-Star in each of his seven seasons with Houston, putting him third behind Hakeem Olajuwon (12) and Yao Ming (eight) for the most selections in franchise history.
  • LeBron James, Lakers (15th All-Star selection): With three NBA All-Star MVP awards, the career All-Star scoring leader (343 points) is one shy of the record shared by Bryant and Bob Pettit.

Eastern Conference

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks (3rd All-Star selection): Antetokounmpo, who finished second in fan voting among all NBA players for the second year in a row, has been named a starter for the third consecutive season.
  • Joel Embiid, 76ers (2nd All-Star selection): A starter for the second straight year, Embiid scored 19 points for Team Curry in his All-Star Game debut last season.
  • Kyrie Irving, Celtics (6th All-Star selection): An All-Star for the sixth time in eight seasons, the 2014 NBA All-Star MVP received the most fan votes among Eastern Conference guards for the third year in a row.
  • 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.
  • Kemba Walker, Hornets (3rd All-Star selection): With his third straight All-Star nod, Walker joins Glen Rice (1996-98) as the only players in Charlotte team history to make at least three All-Star teams.

The overall scores for the top finishers in the All-Star voting are as follows:

Western Conference Frontcourt

Player (Team) Fan Rank Player Rank Media Rank Weighted Score
1. *#LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)      1      1      1      1.0
2. *Kevin Durant (Golden State)      3      2      2      2.5
3. *Paul George (Oklahoma City)      4     4      4      4.0^
4. Anthony Davis (New Orleans)      5      3      3      4.0^
5. Luka Dončić (Dallas)      2      8      6      4.5
6. Nikola Jokić (Denver)      7      5      5      6.0
7. Steven Adams (Oklahoma City)      6      7      8      6.75
8. Draymond Green (Golden State)      9      10      8      9.0
9. Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota)      11      10      8      10.0
10. LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio)      13      6      8      10.0

 
Western Conference Guards

Player (Team) Fan Rank Player Rank Media Rank Weighted Score
1. *Stephen Curry (Golden State)      1      1      2      1.25
2. *James Harden (Houston)      3      2      1      2.25
3. Derrick Rose (Minnesota)      2      4      6      3.5
4. Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City)      4      3      3      3.5
5. Damian Lillard (Portland)      6      5      4      5.25
6. Klay Thompson (Golden State)      5      11      4      6.25
7. DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio)      7      8      6      7.0
8. Devin Booker (Phoenix)      10      6      6      8.0
9. Lonzo Ball (Los Angeles Lakers)      8      14      6      9.0
10. Chris Paul (Houston)      9      14      6      9.5

*–Voted to start
#–Team captain
^– Tiebreaker for starting spot is fan rank

Eastern Conference Frontcourt

Player (Team) Fan Rank Player Rank Media Rank Weighted Score
1. *#Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)      1      1      1      1.0
2. *Kawhi Leonard (Toronto)      2      2      1      1.75
3. *Joel Embiid (Philadelphia)      3     3      1      2.5
4. Jayson Tatum (Boston)      4      7      4      4.75
5. Jimmy Butler (Philadelphia)      5      4      7      5.25
6. Blake Griffin (Detroit)      6      5      7      6.0
7. Pascal Siakam (Toronto)      8      10      4      7.5
8. Vince Carter (Atlanta)      7      12      7      8.25
9. Andre Drummond (Detroit)      12      6      7      9.25
10. Nikola Vučević (Orlando)      13      9      4      9.75

 
Eastern Conference Guards

Player (Team) Fan Rank Player Rank Media Rank Weighted Score
1. *Kyrie Irving (Boston)      1      1      1      1.0
2. *Kemba Walker (Charlotte)      3      2      2      2.5
3. Dwyane Wade (Miami)      2      6      6      4.0
4. Ben Simmons (Philadelphia)      4      5      3      4.0
5. Victor Oladipo (Indiana)      5      4      4      4.5
6. Kyle Lowry (Toronto)      6      7      7      6.5
7. Bradley Beal (Washington)      10      3      5      7.0
8. Zach LaVine (Chicago)      7      8      8      7.5
9. D’Angelo Russell (Brooklyn)      11      10      8      10.0
10. Eric Bledsoe (Milwaukee)      16      8      8      12.0

*–Voted to start
#–Team captain