Bucks’ Giannis selects teammate Middleton for NBA All-Star roster

Jo Caldwell
February 9, 2019

That decision to televise this year's draft between James and Giannis Antetokounmpo did not disappoint.

James rounded out his reserves with Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley Beal and to no surprise, he selected former teammate Dwyane Wade over Mavericks great Dirk Nowitzki.

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The most notable moment from the night came when James selected Davis, who was involved in trade talks to join James on the Lakers prior to Thursday's trade deadline.

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James' Los Angeles Lakers were unable to swing a deal for Davis, but James drafted the New Orleans Pelicans star on Thursday when he and fellow captain Antetokounmpo sat down to choose their teams for the February 17 All-Star Game.

Now holding the best record in all of the league, it's just the latest indication that the Bucks have set their sights on going for it all this year and getting a player of Mirotic's caliber stood as one of the biggest takeaways on the day.

Team Giannis also includes Bucks wing Khris Middleton, Denver Nuggets post player Nikola Jokic, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell, Orlando Magic post player Nikola Vucevic, and Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry.

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). The NBA signed off on the trade.

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Wade publicly said last week that he expected James to take him.

It was the second year of the captain's-choice format.

Following the draft, Antetokounpo traded Simmons to Team LeBron for Westbrook. James and Curry were the captains a year ago, but the order of their picks were not revealed or aired.

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