The reserves for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game were revealed Tuesday during the broadcast of NBA Tip-Off on TNT. The starters were already unveiled during Thursday's broadcast of NBA Tip-Off, so James and Curry have their full selection of players for the upcoming draft.
As the top vote-getters in their respective conferences, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors stars will serve as captains and pick teams in the game's new format this year.
According to the All-Star Game's official Twitter account, the Team LeBron and Team Stephen rosters will be revealed at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday on NBA on TNT.
Unfortunately for those who wanted to see how the proverbial sausage will be made, the draft will not be televised. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said airing the draft live would have created "a sense from the players that it put them in an impossible position" while appearing on NBA TV (h/t The Starters' Twitter account).
That won't stop fans from guessing some of the selections. With that in mind, here is a look at the starters and reserves, as well as a predicted player for Team LeBron and Team Stephen.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans
Al Horford, Boston Celtics
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
John Wall, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers
Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs
Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
Predicted Pick for Stephen Curry: Kevin Durant
Sure, Curry drafting Durant will be viewed as a loyalty selection considering they are both Golden State Warriors. It makes sense for Curry not to ruffle any feathers when he plays with one of the best players in the league, and Durant fits the bill.
However, it's not as if drafting someone like Durant doesn't have its basketball reasons as well.
The reigning NBA Finals MVP is a matchup nightmare and can consistently drill the uncontested threes players will likely find themselves facing in the middle portion of the All-Star Game or finish in the lane. Having a four-time scoring champion in a game that figures to feature plenty of points is an ideal strategy.
Durant has also thrived on defense this season and is averaging 2.1 blocks per game while holding opponents to 5.3 percent worse shooting than their normal averages, per NBA.com. He can unleash some of that stronger defense in the closing minutes when pride kicks in and there is an elevated focus on that side of the ball.
There is also something to be said for the familiarity Durant and Curry have from playing alongside each other, especially in a game featuring so many different pieces.
Predicted Pick for LeBron James: Russell Westbrook
The All-Star Game often assumes a defense-optional tone for extended stretches and having someone who can take a rebound at one end, blow past stationary defenders in the open court and unleash some of the dunks the fans are always looking for in this contest is beneficiary.
Few, if any, are better at doing just that than the defending league MVP Westbrook.
He was also the MVP at the 2015 and 2016 All-Star Games, and James will give a nod to that impressive recent history at this event with his selection.
The fact Curry is picking on the other side also could play a factor given some of the established tension between the Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder. For one, Durant left the Thunder to join the Warriors after nine seasons in Oklahoma City, and the two sides were also involved in a scuffle during a game in March.
Curry also said James Harden was his pick for MVP last season when asked by Dan Patrick to pick someone not on the Warriors (via Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk), which was notable because Westbrook won the award while averaging a triple-double.
Westbrook responded "Who's he?" when told about Curry's MVP comments, via Faizal Khamisa of Sportsnet.
Long story short, Curry probably won't be selecting Westbrook—who also plays point guard like himself—anytime soon. James will jump at the chance and take a ball-handler so he can play in space more and be on the receiving end of Westbrook's alley-oop lobs.