Note: Westbrook traded from Team LeBron for Simmons after draft.
"Everyone in the world knows who I'm going with and I'm going with Dirk", James said, before pausing to laugh at his joke. Since it was that time of year, James said would give Antetokounmpo Westbrook for Ben Simmons, another All-Star reserve.
James and Antetokounmpo taped their selections Thursday morning, and TNT aired their picks in the evening. Last year wasn't televised, but fortunately, this year was, after James himself said it should be.
James then added close friend Dwyane Wade with the NBA's "special selection" in the draft, which was televised this year for the first time. "I'm just kidding. I'm going with my buddy Dwyane Wade".
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Curry will be playing in his home town during the February 17 game in Charlotte, North Carolina. James was the No. 1 overall selection by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 National Basketball Association draft and Miami took Wade with the No. 5 pick in the same draft. "You guys just want to make a big deal out of who's last".
For his reserves, Antetokounpo picked teammate Kris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin, D'Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle Lowry and Nowitzki went to his team after James passed on him.
Prior to the draft, Antetokounmpo said that he planned on pairing Westbrook and Embiid together on his roster to help simmer their on-court rivalry, but he wasn't done there.
Here are the final all-star rosters, listed in order of how they were drafted (note that the captains alternated picks in each round and that, before the trade, Simmons was taken four spots ahead of Westbrook).