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Durant, Curry drafted first, second in All-Star draft

Durant, Curry drafted first, second in All-Star draft”

Starting a year ago, the league changed the format of the teams to a playground-style draft, with the two leading vote-getters in each conference serving as captains.

James and Antetokounmpo taped their selections Thursday morning, and TNT aired their picks in the evening.

The two captains this year are LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. But the Pelicans kept Davis as the trade deadline passed, so for now, their time as teammates will be limited to All-Star weekend and James pounced at the chance to grab him with the second pick of the reserve round.

"Isn't that tampering?" Antetokounmpo asked. But he had some fun with that moment.

"So, the Golden State boys are off the board", James said.

The NBA All-Star Game works a little differently now. LeBron proposed Russell Westbrook for his Klutch Sports cohort Ben Simmons, with the added humor that Russ and Joel Embiid will be teammates on the Greek Freak's team.

The past few 76ers-Thunder games have been contentious affairs and after Embiid's hard foul on Westbrook in a meeting last month led to an on-court confrontation, Westbrook was asked if he was "cool" with the 76ers center.

Antetokounmpo said he took George for one reason: "He had a huge dunk on me", Antetokounmpo said, tipping his cap to the slam that the Thunder star threw down last month.

Here are the final all-star rosters, listed in order of how they were drafted (note that the captains alternated picks in each round and that, before the trade, Simmons was taken four spots ahead of Westbrook).



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