The ten starters for the upcoming 2021 NBA All-Star game announced on Thursday, featuring some
similar faces as Lebron James of the Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Nets lead the votes being named as captains and get to pick their players in a draft, and newcomers as well such as Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards and Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets will each start the game for the first time in their careers.
The NBA All-Star starters were decided by votes from fans, players and the media. Fan voting carries the most weight, as it accounts for half.
Once the reserves are announced on Feb. 23, LeBron and Durant will reconvene on March 4 to hold the annual All-Star Draft. Once again, the actual teams won’t be broken down by conference lines. Instead, LeBron and Durant will choose their teams like a pick-up game kind of style.
Here are the starters for each team:
LeBron James (captain)
Kevin Durant (captain)
The two starting lineups are split across conferences, but likely it will be mixed up once James and Durant draft their teams. There will also be seven reserves from each conference chosen by head coaches, and the two complete roster will be announced on February 23, 2021.
The 2021 NBA All-Star game will take place on March 7 in Atlanta.
This is going to be 17th All-Star appearance for LeBron James, third-most all-time, just one behind Kobe Bryant, who sits in second place, and two behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who holds the record with 19.
Kevin Durant trails as second-most All-Star appearances among active players for having 11, breaking a tie with Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul. Curry and Irving are now seven-time All-Stars, while Antetokounmpo and Leonard will go for their fifth appearance in their careers.