2022 NBA All-Star Game: Lakers’ LeBron James & Nets’ Kevin Durant Draft Teams
Kevin Durant, LeBron James, 2019 All-Star Game, Lakers
Jesse D. Garrabrant-NBAE

The 2022 NBA All-Star draft took place on Thursday night with Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant being the captains after being the leading vote-getters in their respective conferences.

For James, this marks the fifth straight year he’s been a captain since the NBA switched to the new format and he will be looking to improve to 5-0. Although Durant will not be playing in the game on Feb. 20 in Cleveland, he still drafted and will captain his team.

As the leading vote-getter, James got the first pick and to no surprise, he went with Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. Durant then followed that up by taking the NBA’s leading scorer in Joel Embiid.

After James picked Stephen Curry, he rounded out his starting lineup with DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Jokic. Durant completed his starting lineup with Ja Morant, Jayson Tatum, Trae Young and Andrew Wiggins as he had one extra player since he isn’t playing.

Durant then got the first pick of the reserves since he went second for the starters and he began with Devin Booker over his now-former teammate James Harden.

James followed up with Luka Doncic, adding to his already talented group of players. After Karl-Anthony Towns was selected by Durant, James went with Darius Garland, who is playing his first All-Star Game in his home arena in Cleveland.

Durant not picking Harden became a theme as he lasted all the way until the final pick. Durant finished drafting his team with Zach LaVine, Dejounte Murray, Khris Middleton, LaMelo Ball and Rudy Gobert, with him saying with a straight face that he needed some size with that last pick.

James rounded out his squad with Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler, Donovan Mitchell, Fred VanVleet. Harden then became the last pick, which caused James to ask if he was healthy since he’s missed some time with a hamstring injury. That led to perhaps the funniest moment of the night when TNT’s Charles Barkley said he’s healthy now that he got traded, drawing laughs from everyone, including Durant.

With so many stars on the court in Cleveland later this month, it will be interesting to see who takes home MVP honors. Whoever does will be the first recipient of the new Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP tropy.

2022 NBA All-Star rosters

Team LeBron:

Starters: LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Jokic

Reserves: Luka Doncic, Darius Garland, Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler, Donovan Mitchell, Fred VanVleet, James Harden

Team Durant:

Starters: Joel Embiid, Ja Morant, Jayson Tatum, Trae Young, Andrew Wiggins

Reserves: Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach LaVine, Dejounte Murray, Khris Middleton, LaMelo Ball, Rudy Gobert

Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel? It’s the best way to watch player interviews, exclusive coverage from events, participate in live shows, and more!

You May Also Like

NBA Rumors: 76ers Looking For ‘All-Star Caliber Player’ In Return For Ben Simmons

As the NBA offseason gets underway, one of the biggest storylines to watch for will be what the Philadelphia 76ers…

I Remember Where I Was: Kobe Bryant’s Final Game With Lakers

Over the years, the Los Angeles Lakers have been blessed with a long list of legendary players who have suited up for them…

Lakers News: Frank Vogel, LeBron James Have Faith In Talen Horton-Tucker As Part Of Playoff Rotation

After spending much of the 2019-20 season in the G League and on the Los Angeles Lakers bench, Talen Horton-Tucker…

Frank Vogel ‘Thrilled’ Lakers Added Ben McLemore; Could Make Debut Against Heat

The Los Angeles Lakers were able to get back on track and blow out the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night, but that was not…