(Official NBA Press Release)
James, Curry Earn Right to Choose Team Rosters for Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen
NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2018 – The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry lead the list of 10 players selected by fans, NBA players and media to start in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. James and Curry will serve as team captains after finishing as the All-Star starter from each conference who received the most fan votes in his conference.
The 67th NBA All-Star Game, featuring Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and ESPN Radio. The midseason classic from Staples Center will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.
Under the new All-Star Game format that replaces the traditional matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, James and Curry will choose the team rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves. The All-Star teams will still feature 12 players from each conference, but the captains will select the team rosters without regard for conference affiliation. Each captain’s first four selections must come from the pool of eight remaining starters. As the top overall finisher in fan voting, James will make the first pick.
In addition to James (frontcourt), who has been named an All-Star for the 14th consecutive year, the starters from the East player pool are the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (frontcourt), the Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan (guard), the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (frontcourt) and the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (guard).
Joining Curry (guard) as starters from the West player pool are the New Orleans Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis (both frontcourt), the Warriors’ Kevin Durant (frontcourt) and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden (guard).
The starters – two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference – were announced tonight during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader. The network will unveil the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. ET during TNT NBA Tip-Off. The team rosters will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. ET in a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off.
Fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote to determine the NBA All-Star Game starters, while current players and a media panel accounted for 25 percent each. James (2,638,294 fan votes) edged Antetokounmpo (2,530,211) as the top overall vote-getter among fans, while Curry (2,379,494) led the West. Durant (2,238,406) and Irving (2,170,833) also had the highest fan totals in their respective position groups.
After all votes were tallied, players were ranked in each conference by position (guard and frontcourt) within each of the three voting groups – fan votes, player votes and media votes. Each player’s score was calculated by averaging his weighted rank from the fan votes, the player votes and the media votes. The two guards and three frontcourt players with the best score in each conference were named NBA All-Star Game starters. Fan voting served as the tiebreaker for players in a position group with the same score. This year, the tiebreaker was not needed to determine a starting spot.
ALL-STAR GAME STARTER POOL
Below are the overall scores – based on results from all three voting groups – for the top finishers at each position. Each player’s score is weighted based on 50 percent for fan vote, 25 percent for player vote and 25 percent for media vote. The formula to determine a player’s score is (Fan Rank * 2 + Player Rank + Media Rank)/4.
Eastern Conference Frontcourt
1. *#LeBron James (Cleveland)
2. *Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
3. *Joel Embiid (Philadelphia)
4. Kristaps Porzingis (New York)
5. Kevin Love (Cleveland)
6. Al Horford (Boston)
7. Andre Drummond (Detroit)
8. Jayson Tatum (Boston)
9. Enes Kanter (New York)
10. Dwight Howard (Charlotte)
Eastern Conference Guards
1. *Kyrie Irving (Boston)
2. *DeMar DeRozan (Toronto)
3. Victor Oladipo (Indiana)
4. Ben Simmons (Philadelphia)
5. John Wall (Washington)
6. Bradley Beal (Washington)
7. Isaiah Thomas (Cleveland)
8. Kyle Lowry (Toronto)
9. Dwyane Wade (Cleveland)
10. Eric Bledsoe (Milwaukee)
*–Voted to start
Western Conference Frontcourt
1. *Kevin Durant (Golden State)
2. *Anthony Davis (New Orleans)
3. *DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans)
4. Draymond Green (Golden State)
5. Paul George (Oklahoma City)
6. LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio)
7. Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota)
8. Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio)
9. Carmelo Anthony (Oklahoma City)
10. Kyle Kuzma (L.A. Lakers)
Western Conference Guards
1. *#Stephen Curry (Golden State)
2. *James Harden (Houston)
3. Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City)
4. Manu Ginobili (San Antonio)
5. Klay Thompson (Golden State)
6. Chris Paul (Houston)
7. Damian Lillard (Portland)
8. Jimmy Butler (Minnesota)
9. Devin Booker (Phoenix)
10. Lonzo Ball (L.A. Lakers)
About NBA All-Star 2018
NBA All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. The 67th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center, will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 16thconsecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 33rd year of NBA All-Star coverage. Staples Center will also host Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 16 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 17. The NBA All-Star Practice, NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles, Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Practice and NBA G League International Challenge presented by Kumho Tire will take place at Verizon Up Arena at Los Angeles Convention Center.