The 2021 NBA All-Star Game was originally cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the league has reversed course and decided to hold a one-night event in Atlanta on March 7 — despite objections from a number of players who will be involved and the city’s mayor.
We won’t know the full teams until next week, but on Thursday night we did learn the starters. Here’s a look at the 10 players who were chosen by a combination of voting from fans, media and other players. LeBron James and Kevin Durant were named captains by virtue of being the leading vote-getters in each conference.
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 pick-up game style.
|Steph Curry||Golden State Warriors||Guard|
|Luka Doncic||Dallas Mavericks||Guard|
|LeBron James (captain)||Los Angeles Lakers||Frontcourt|
|Kawhi Leonard||Los Angeles Clippers||Frontcourt|
|Nikola Jokic||Denver Nuggets||Frontcourt|
|Kyrie Irving||Brooklyn Nets||Guard|
|Bradley Beal||Washington Wizards||Guard|
|Kevin Durant (captain)||Brooklyn Nets||Frontcourt|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo||Milwaukee Bucks||Frontcourt|
|Joel Embiid||Philadelphia 76ers||Frontcourt|
There was a bit of drama this year in determining the Western Conference starters. When the votes from all the different groups are tallied, each player ends up with a weighted score, and this year Luka Doncic and Damian Lillard finished in a tie. Doncic ended up getting the starting spot because he won the tiebreaker, which is based on fan voting.
In addition to the actual game, the league is including the All-Star Saturday night events in one day. The Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest will take place pre-game, while the Dunk Contest will be held at halftime. In addition, the league announced that they will honor Kobe Bryant during the All-Star Game by once again incorporating his jersey number — 24 — into the determination of the final target score.
Courtesy: CBS Sports