NBA Announces All-Star Starters, LeBron James and Kevin Durant Named Captains

LeBron James during an NBA All-Star game. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

The voting for this year’s NBA All-Star game wrapped up this week, and the league officially named starters for each conference on Thursday.

On the Western Conference end, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James received the most votes and was named the captain. The starters also will include the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic, the LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, and the Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry.

The captain from the Eastern Conference will be the Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant. He will be joined by his Nets’ teammate Kyrie Irving, Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), and Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) in the East’s pool of starters.

Fourteen more players will make the All-Star team as reserves. They will be selected by head coaches of the NBA teams, who are set to cast their votes by the end of the week. Each coach will have an opportunity to make seven selections from the Western Conference and seven selections from the Eastern Conference.

James and Durant will get to pick their teams from the pool of starters and reserves via draft on March 4th.

This year’s NBA All-Star Game is scheduled to take place in Atlanta on March 7th. Both the game and other competitions will take place on the same night.