(official NBA press release)
LAKERS’ JAMES, BUCKS’ ANTETOKOUNMPO NAMED STARTERS AND CAPTAINS FOR 2019 NBA ALL-STAR GAME
– Captains to Draft Rosters for Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis; TNT to Air NBA All-Star Draft on Feb. 7 –
– West Starter Pool: James, Warriors’ Curry and Durant, Thunder’s George and Rockets’ Harden –
– East Starter Pool: Antetokounmpo, 76ers’ Embiid, Celtics’ Irving, Raptors’ Leonard and Hornets’ Walker –
NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2019 – The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the list of 10 players – two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference – selected by fans, current NBA players and a media panel to start in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.
As the All-Star starters who led their respective conferences in fan votes during NBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google, James and Antetokounmpo will serve as team captains and draft the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference.
The captains 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, making selections without regard to a player’s conference affiliation or position. The team rosters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game will be revealed on TNT in a special NBA All-Star Draft Show on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. ET.
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game, featuring Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. TNT and ESPN Radio will air the game live in the United States. NBA All-Star 2019 will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.
James has been named an NBA All-Star for the 15th time, tied for the third-most selections in league history behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) and Kobe Bryant (18). Along with James, the Western Conference starter pool includes the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (guard) and Kevin Durant (frontcourt), the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (frontcourt) and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden (guard).
In the Eastern Conference, Antetokounmpo (frontcourt) is joined in the starter pool by the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (frontcourt), the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (guard), the Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard (frontcourt) and the Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (guard). This marks the first NBA All-Star Game starting nod for Walker, who will be playing at his home arena.
The starters were announced tonight by TNT during the TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader pregame show. TNT will unveil the reserves (seven players from each conference), as selected by NBA head coaches, on Thursday, Jan. 31 during TNT NBA Tip-Off at 7 p.m. ET.
By virtue of being the top overall finisher in fan voting, James will make the first pick in the First Round (Starters) during the NBA All-Star Draft. Antetokounmpo will have the first pick in the Second Round (Reserves). After the first pick in a round, picks will alternate until all players in that round have been selected.
2019 NBA ALL-STAR GAME STARTER POOL
NBA All-Star Voting 2019 Results
Fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote to determine the NBA All-Star Game starters, while current NBA players and a media panel accounted for 25 percent each. James (4,620,809 fan votes) and Antetokounmpo (4,375,747 fan votes) led their respective conferences and position groups in fan voting. Irving (3,881,766 fan votes) and Curry (3,861,038 fan votes) also topped their respective position groups in fan voting.
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 votes served as the tiebreaker for players in a position group with the same score. George won the tiebreaker with the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis for the third starting spot in the Western Conference frontcourt group.
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. For complete voting results and a list of media voters, please visit pr.nba.com.
Western Conference Frontcourt
1. *#LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
2. *Kevin Durant (Golden State)
3. *Paul George (Oklahoma City)
4. Anthony Davis (New Orleans)
5. Luka Dončić (Dallas)
6. Nikola Jokić (Denver)
7. Steven Adams (Oklahoma City)
8. Draymond Green (Golden State)
9. Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota)
10. LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio)
Western Conference Guards
1. *Stephen Curry (Golden State)
2. *James Harden (Houston)
3. Derrick Rose (Minnesota)
4. Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City)
5. Damian Lillard (Portland)
6. Klay Thompson (Golden State)
7. DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio)
8. Devin Booker (Phoenix)
9. Lonzo Ball (Los Angeles Lakers)
10. Chris Paul (Houston)
*–Voted to start
^– Tiebreaker for starting spot is fan rank
Eastern Conference Frontcourt
1. *#Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
2. *Kawhi Leonard (Toronto)
3. *Joel Embiid (Philadelphia)
4. Jayson Tatum (Boston)
5. Jimmy Butler (Philadelphia)
6. Blake Griffin (Detroit)
7. Pascal Siakam (Toronto)
8. Vince Carter (Atlanta)
9. Andre Drummond (Detroit)
10. Nikola Vučević (Orlando)
Eastern Conference Guards
1. *Kyrie Irving (Boston)
2. *Kemba Walker (Charlotte)
3. Dwyane Wade (Miami)
4. Ben Simmons (Philadelphia)
5. Victor Oladipo (Indiana)
6. Kyle Lowry (Toronto)
7. Bradley Beal (Washington)
8. Zach LaVine (Chicago)
9. D’Angelo Russell (Brooklyn)
10. Eric Bledsoe (Milwaukee)
*–Voted to start
About NBA All-Star 2019
NBA All-Star 2019 in Charlotte, N.C., will bring together the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. The 68th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Spectrum 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 17thconsecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 34th year of NBA All-Star coverage. Spectrum Center will also host MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 15 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 16. The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles and NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day will take place at Bojangles’ Coliseum.