Trae Young named Eastern Conference NBA All-Star Game starter

Trae Young named Eastern Conference NBA All-Star Game starter”

Celtics guard Kemba Walker was announced as an NBA All-Star starter Thursday night.

James, who has put up 25.1 points and almost 11 assists per game with the Los Angeles Lakers so far this year, is back for his 16th All-Star game - which sets an National Basketball Association record.

Antetokounmpo and James earned the honors after leading their respective conferences in fan votes and will be two of the 10 starters for this year's game, which will be held on February 16 in Chicago. The reserves will be announced next Thursday.

In the 2020 NBA All-Star Draft, James and Antetokounmpo (the two highest vote-getters) will draft the eight remaining players from the starter pool in the first round and then all 14 players from the reserve pool in the second round.

Simmons finished eighth in the fan voting, fourth in the player votes and third by the media.

Young joins former Sooners Blake Griffin, Alvan Adams, and Mookie Blaylock as the only Oklahoma players with NBA All-Star appearances. Bryant was the youngest, at 19 years, 169 days. In all three, James finished ahead of Davis and Leonard among forwards, while Doncic and Harden were first and second among guards.

Five starters - two backcourt, three frontcourt - were announced from both the Western Conference and Eastern Conference, as determined by voting from fans (50%), players (25%), and media members (25%).

The East selections, however, were a different story.

In the end, though, it was Siakam who wound up edging out Butler, while Young won the fight to start in the backcourt.

Led by team captain and reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Eastern Conference has a pair of fresh faces in its starting lineup.

Siakam has been on an All-Star trajectory since the Raptors selected him 27th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Now, with the starters official, the next step in the process falls to the league's coaches, who choose the reserves.

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