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The rosters for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles were revealed last night after team captains, LeBron James (Eastern Conference) and Stephen Curry (Western Conference,) picked their squads like they were in the schoolyard all over again.

Team captains convened via conference call with league officials to officially draft their respective teams.

James held the No. 1 overall pick after being named the All-Star Game’s leading vote-getter, so he got things started off by probably taking Kevin Durant, right?

But the most surprising pick by Team LeBron, was former teammate and current Boston Celtics’ point guard Kyrie Irving. Things must be cool between the two, because why else would James draft him to be his team’s starting PG?

Irving’s fellow Boston teammate, Al Horford, was drafted by Team Curry to come off the bench in relief for Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid.

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Following the first round, the picks alternated between the two captains for the rest of the first round until the eight remaining starters were selected.

Team LeBron

 Starter: Kyrie Irving, G, Boston Celtics

Starter: Kevin Durant, F, Golden State Warriors

Starter: LeBron James, F, Cleveland Cavaliers

Starter: Anthony Davis, F, New Orleans Pelicans

Starter: DeMarcus Cousins, C, New Orleans Pelicans

Reserve: Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder

Reserve: Bradley Beal, G, Washington Wizards

Reserve: John Wall, G, Washington Wizards

Reserve: Victor Oladipo, G, Indiana Pacers

Reserve: LaMarcus Aldridge, F, San Antonio Spurs

Reserve: Kevin Love, F, Cleveland Cavaliers

Reserve: Kristaps Porzingis, F, New York Knicks


Team Steph

 Starter: Stephen Curry, G, Golden State Warriors

Starter: James Harden, G, Houston Rockets

Starter: DeMar DeRozan, G, Toronto Raptors

Starter: Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Milwaukee Bucks

Starter: Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ers

Reserve: Kyle Lowry, G, Toronto Raptors

Reserve: Damian Lillard, G, Portland Trail Blazers

Reserve: Jimmy Butler, G, Minnesota Timberwolves

Reserve: Klay Thompson, G, Golden State Warriors

Reserve: Draymond Green, F, Golden State Warriors

Reserve: Al Horford, C, Boston Celtics

Reserve: Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves

Following the draft, James and Curry reflected on the process: 

Team chemistry was a common theme throughout the All-Star draft.

Each captain drafted “tag-team tandems” or players who currently play together, like Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins of the New Orleans Pelicans or DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors. Or players who used to be teammates somewhere down the line, like Durant, Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo.

The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will tip off Sunday, February 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET live from Staples Center.

—  By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com

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