The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina tonight, showcasing 26 of the league’s biggest stars in an exciting exhibition match. For the second straight year, the NBA elected to buck the traditional East vs. West format and instead build out the rosters based on a captain’s draft.
LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had garnered the most All-Star votes in their respective conferences, were chosen to lead up the two squads, alternating picks from a pool of starters selected by the fans and reserves that were picked by the coaches. For the first time ever, the draft was televised live, which added an extra layer of intrigue to the event.
All-Star drafts— league MVP James Harden and All-Star MVP in himself, plus all-world talent Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving in the other two spots. That’s a tough group to stop, although Giannis’ crew will surely put up a fight. Aside from the Milwaukee Bucks superstar, the team boasts Joel Embiid, Paul George, Steph Curry and Kemba Walker in its starting five and was built to be a more defensive-minded unit.