Published: Sun, January 27, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Lakers' James, Bucks' Antetokounmpo to captain NBA All-Star teams

Lakers' James, Bucks' Antetokounmpo to captain NBA All-Star teams

Rookies are usually left out of the All-Star game and the Dallas Mavericks' rookie Luka Doncic, who was second behind James as a West front court player in the fan vote, fell down the list when the player and media votes were included. Lakers star James, the leading vote-getter in the Western Conference, and Bucks forward Antetokounmpo, the East's leader in voting, will choose the remainder of their teams for the February 17 game in Charlotte, NC.

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After all votes were tallied, players were ranked in each conference by position (guard and frontcourt) within each of the three voting groups - fan votes, player votes and media votes.

The starters' selections were a product of voting from the fans (50 percent), players (25 percent) and media (25 percent), with fan votes serving as the tiebreaker. In the end with all of the different categories of votes accounted for, he finished tied with Philadelphia's Ben Simmons for third place. "They help me and push me and the reason the fans have enjoyed my play". I'm the only one going as of now but Russ will be with me. "The guys I go up against each and every night".

Based on his season thus far, George was a virtual lock to make the game and it was only a matter of if he would be named a starter or not, and the results were close. Walker is just the second player in Hornets history to make at least three All-Star games. The coaches determine the seven reserves from each conference, which will be announced next Thursday.

The point guard was injured with 2 minutes, 6 seconds left when Giannis Antetokounmpo landed on him after a scramble for a loose ball.

For the backcourt, the two players that deserve to be reserves are Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry and Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal. The Indiana Pacers' Victor Oladipo also had been a frontrunner before the devastating knee injury sustained Wednesday.

Irving leads the East starters with a half dozen selections.

Full list of participants of the all-star game, the National Basketball Association will be determined on 7 February. The captains will first choose from the pool of eight starters before selecting from a separate pool of 14 All-Star reserves, who will be named on Thursday, Jan. 31.

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