The 2019 All-Star game will feature the first-ever NBA All-Star draft by the two captains of their respective conferences. This year, LeBron won the captain of the West and Giannis Antetokounmpo claimed captain of the East.
We decided to simulate the draft and guess the order of how it will turn out. Here is what we came up with!
*LeBron gets the first pick after receiving the most total ASG votes*
FIRST PICK: KEVIN DURANT (TEAM LEBRON)
This is too easy of a pick for LeBron. 100% chance he picks Durant first. Bron and KD have always had the utmost respect for each other and hey….are you thinking what I’m thinking? KD will be a free agent next year! LeBron could treat this as a recruiting opportunity. You better hope LeBron doesn’t steal your girl, Steph!
SECOND PICK: STEPHEN CURRY (TEAM GIANNIS)
In last year’s ASG draft, Curry took Giannis with his first pick. I’m pretty confident Giannis will return the favor this time, and getting Curry second overall is a steal. Steph will have some extra motivation for this game as he’s playing in his hometown of Charlotte, where his dad played and currently is on the broadcast team for the Charlotte Hornets. Giannis just better hope Steph plays better defense this time around…
THIRD PICK: KAWHI LEONARD (TEAM LEBRON)
The obvious pick here should be James Harden…but LeBron is still playing the long game. He knows we are getting close to free agency season, and this can also be a chance to get in Kawhi’s ear about coming to the Lakers. This can also serve as a keep away pick. It will guarantee Kawhi will not be guarding LeBron or KD, which can be a huge burden because of his defensive prowess.
FOURTH PICK: JAMES HARDEN (TEAM GIANNIS)
Giannis should consider himself lucky getting the guy averaging 36 points per game with the fourth overall selection. The only downside to James Harden in the All-Star game is that he’s probably NOT going to shoot 20+ free throws like usual.
FIFTH PICK: JOEL EMBIID (TEAM LEBRON)
If you remember last year’s All-Star Game, in the closing minutes LeBron James hit a step back three-pointer over Joel Embiid to tie the game at 144-144 with under two minutes left.
Joel Embiid should be thankful he lands on LeBron’s team this time around. Plus, Embiid is the only center in the pool of starters, giving Team LeBron a huge size advantage.
SIXTH PICK: PAUL GEORGE (TEAM GIANNIS)
Paul George has had a great season in OKC and if it wasn’t for James Harden’s historic season, he would be getting a lot more consideration in the MVP race. George will have a tough task in the All Star game as he’ll likely be matched up with LeBron or KD defensively.
SEVENTH PICK: KYRIE IRVING (TEAM LEBRON)
This pick will set NBA Twitter on fire. Part of me hopes that LeBron drafts Kyrie Irving first overall and the whole world just explodes. LeBron posted an Instagram story this week and tagged Kyrie in the post, which as you can imagine drew some attention:
EIGTH PICK: KEMBA WALKER (TEAM GIANNIS)
Last but not least….Kemba Walker. Who will have a lot to play for with him representing the host city of Charlotte in the All Star game. Expect a lot of hero ball moments from Kemba trying to give his hometown fans something to cheer for. Who knows….he might mess around and win MVP?
TEAM LEBRON STARTERS: Kyrie, Kawhi, LeBron, KD, Embiid
TEAM GIANNIS STARTERS: Curry, Kemba, Harden, PG, Giannis
One team has a massive size advantage….I think you can tell which one I’m talking about. Giannis better hope and pray he gets some size off the bench in the upcoming coach