NBA All-Star Game
Who are the starters of the 2023 NBA All-Star game? How were they selected?
As captains, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo now know their respective conference teams for the showpiece game.
With less than a month to go until the NBA All-Star Game 2023, which will be played on February 19 in Salt Lake City, the league has announced the players who will make up the starting five as well as the captains of each team.
NBA All-Star captains: LeBron and Giannis
After the votes were cast and totted up, we found out that the captains for the 2023 NBA All-Star game would be LeBron James (Western) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (Eastern), and we also have our starters in each conference.
Western Conference starters
LeBron James | Los Angeles Lakers | F
James finished the voting as captain for the sixth consecutive year. The future NBA scoring record holder is averaging 29.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in his 20th professional season.
Stephen Curry | Golden State Warriors | G
Curry was the MVP of the last All-Star Game and this year he has recorded 29.3 points per game on 42 percent shooting from three points. This is his ninth appearance in the All-Star Game.
Luka Doncic | Dallas Mavericks | G
Fourth year in a row in which ‘Luka Magic’ is invited to the NBA All-Star Game. At the moment, Doncic aims to be the scoring champion of the season with a current average of 33.8 points per game.
Nikola Jokic | Denver Nuggets | F
For the fifth time in the NBA, Jokic will be part of the All-Star Game. The Serbian center leads the league with 15 triple doubles in 42 games played during the 2022-23 season.
Zion Williamson | New Orleans Pelicans | F
The Duke product is the All-Star holder with the fewest appearances in the midseason game, picking up two invites in his young career to date. So far, Williamson has played in 29 games this season and is averaging 26 points, 70 rebounds and 4.6 assists.
Eastern Conference starters
Giannis Antetokounmpo | Milwaukee Bucks | F
The ‘Greek Freak’ became All-Star captain for the third time in his career and this year he’s averaging 31 points, 12 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.
Jayson Tatum | Boston Celtics | F
‘Taco Jay’ earned his fourth consecutive NBA All-Star Game nomination as the leader of the team with the best record. Tatum is having his most outstanding season as a scorer, registering an average of 31 points.
Kevin Durant | Brooklyn Nets | F
Despite being sidelined since January 8 with a knee injury, KD was considered an All-Star Game starter, giving him a 13th appearance. During this campaign he has registered three games of 40 or more points.
Kyrie Irving | Brooklyn Nets | G
With Durant out, Irving has taken over the scoring responsibility for the Nets and has recorded at least 30 points in the last four games played. This will be the eighth participation of the point guard in the star event.
Donovan Mitchell | Cleveland Cavaliers | G
After three straight All-Star Games as a member of the Jazz, ‘Spida’ was not out of place in his first season with the Cavs and received another invite. Mitchell’s highlight in 2022-23 was the 71-point game against the Chicago Bulls.
How were the NBA All-Star players selected?
Half of the votes to choose the starting for the NBA All-Star Game were cast by fans. The remaining 50% was distributed between media personnel and active players. Two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference are represented on each ballot. The reserves, on the other hand, are selected by NBA head coaches, while the task of picking any required injury replacements falls to Adam Silver, league commissioner.
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