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NBA All-Star Game 2020: Predicting Team Rosters for Team LeBron, Team Giannis

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2020

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 19:  Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers hug following a game at Fiserv Forum on December 19, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be played February 16 from United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Before the best in the game take the floor for the annual midseason exhibition, there's the matter of sorting out two rosters' worth of stars.

On Thursday night, the five players from each conference who were voted as starters were announced:

NBA @NBA

The Eastern Conference @NBAAllStar Starters Pool! @Giannis_An34 (Captain) @pskills43 @JoelEmbiid @KembaWalker @TheTraeYoung #NBAAllStar https://t.co/1MM7hiyUlP

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The Western Conference @NBAAllStar Starters Pool! @KingJames (Captain) @AntDavis23 Kawhi Leonard @luka7doncic @JHarden13 #NBAAllStar https://t.co/V4skUxkOY5

The roster construction will follow the same format as last season, with the leading vote-getter in each conference serving as a captain for a schoolyard, pick'em-style draft.

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The 2020 #NBAAllStar Team Captains! #TeamLeBron #TeamGiannis 👀📺 NBA All-Star Draft Show, Thursday Feb. 6, 7:00pm/et, @NBAonTNT! https://t.co/XKLIcTumSF

Let's take a crack at predicting how the draft will play out between Team LeBron and Team Giannis. After James edged out Antetokounmpo for the honor of highest vote-getter overall, he'll have the first pick in the All-Star draft.

        

First Pick (Team LeBron): Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers 

2020 NBA All-Star @NBAAllStar

Making his 7th #NBAAllStar appearance... Anthony Davis of the @Lakers! Drafted as the 1st pick in 2012 out of Kentucky, @AntDavis23 is averaging 26.6 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.5 BPG for the Lakers (#1 in West) this season. https://t.co/ZCkzPsgHYZ

Have to imagine LeBron is going to grab his teammate with the No. 1 overall pick.

     

Second Pick (Team Giannis): Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

2020 NBA All-Star @NBAAllStar

Making his 1st #NBAAllStar appearance... Luka Doncic of the @dallasmavs! Drafted as the 3rd pick in 2018 out of Slovenia, @luka7doncic is averaging 29.1 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 9.0 APG for the Mavericks this season. https://t.co/aBA5FOIy32

In a recent interview with Madrid-based newspaper Marca, Giannis had nothing but great things to say about Doncic.

"He is the most exciting player that has appeared in basketball in recent years," he said, among other superlatives.

Look for him to go No. 2 overall to form a dynamic one-two punch for Team Giannis.

     

Third Pick (Team LeBron): Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

2020 NBA All-Star @NBAAllStar

Making his 4th #NBAAllStar appearance... Kawhi Leonard of the @LAClippers! Drafted as the 15th pick in 2011 out of San Diego State, Kawhi is averaging 27.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 5.0 APG for the Clippers (#3 in West) this season. https://t.co/ACNSUW6SJb

LeBron chose Leonard last year and his well-rounded game fits well with any combination of players. That makes it three straight Los Angeles stars for Team LeBron.

     

Fourth Pick (Team Giannis): Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

2020 NBA All-Star @NBAAllStar

Making his 3rd #NBAAllStar appearance... Joel Embiid of the @sixers! Drafted as the 3rd pick in 2014 out of Kansas (originally from Cameroon), @JoelEmbiid is averaging 23.4 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 1.4 BPG for the 76ers this season. https://t.co/eo8Fj4LH3r

After LeBron grabbed Davis with the No. 1 overall pick, Team Giannis gets its own dynamic big man with the selection of Embiid.

     

Fifth Pick (Team LeBron): James Harden, Houston Rockets

2020 NBA All-Star @NBAAllStar

Making his 8th #NBAAllStar appearance... James Harden of the @HoustonRockets! Drafted as the 3rd pick in 2009 out of Arizona State, @JHarden13 is averaging 36.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 7.4 APG for the Rockets this season. https://t.co/Z84Sa55sBV

Finally venturing outside of his own backyard, LeBron could opt for the seasoned All-Star Game veteran in Harden over the younger duo of Trae Young and Kemba Walker.

     

Sixth Pick (Team Giannis): Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors

2020 NBA All-Star @NBAAllStar

Making his 1st #NBAAllStar appearance... Pascal Siakam of the @Raptors! Drafted as the 27th pick in 2016 out of New Mexico State (originally from Cameroon), @pskills43 is averaging 23.5 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 3.5 APG for the Raptors (#3 in East) this season. https://t.co/a3pEUTLYR1

With Giannis and Doncic both capable of handling the ball and running the offense, grabbing Siakam to provide an inside presence makes sense.

     

Seventh Pick (Team LeBron): Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

2020 NBA All-Star @NBAAllStar

Making his 1st #NBAAllStar appearance... Trae Young of the @ATLHawks! Drafted as the 5th pick in 2018 out of Oklahoma, @TheTraeYoung is averaging 29.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 8.6 APG for the Hawks this season. https://t.co/MX58b4CVyy

For the sake of the long-standing Lakers-Celtics rivalry, LeBron goes with Young for his final starting spot. The 21-year-old earned his first All-Star nod by building on a stellar rookie season and raising his scoring average from 19.1 to 29.2 points per game.

     

Eighth Pick (Team Giannis): Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics

2020 NBA All-Star @NBAAllStar

Making his 4th #NBAAllStar appearance... Kemba Walker of the @celtics! Drafted as the 9th pick in 2011 out of UConn, @kembawalker is averaging 21.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 5.0 APG for the Celtics this season. https://t.co/OyQ632O73u

Walker was the final selection among starters last season, and he ends up in that slot again this year. He's an All-Star for the third time in his first season with the Celtics.

Tune in to TNT on February 6 to see if these predictions come true.

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