2019 NBA All-Star Game draft: Team captains Giannis, LeBron make their picks


The NBA’s second annual All-Star Game draft, featuring LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo as team captains, was televised for the first time ever Thursday night on TNT, and it didn’t disappoint.

James and Antetokounmpo, who were named captains because they led their respective conferences in All-Star Game fan votes, began the draft by picking from the pool of players voted in as All-Star starters (via fans, players and media members) and then picked from the pool of players voted in as All-Star reserves (via NBA head coaches). They made their selections without regard to a player’s conference affiliation or position.

They also picked from a pool of two special roster additions — Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki — who were added by NBA commissioner Adam Silver “in honor of their extraordinary contributions as iconic NBA champions and beloved ambassadors and in recognition of their All-Star careers.”