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Last season, the draft for the NBA All Star Game became must-see TV.
Watching team captains Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) and LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) select their respective rosters in real time was the kind of drama that fans couldn’t wait to behold.
Who would go first?
Who would go last?
Those were the kind of burning questions that were answered with the live broadcast.
This year, the Draft show, presented by Jordan Brand, will air on TNT on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. ET.
The format for the draft remains the same.
As the leading vote-getter, James will choose first, followed by Antetokounmpo.
In the second round, the Bucks superstar will make the first selection from the pool of reserves, followed by the Lakers superstar.
Here’s the latest mock draft for the 69th annual midseason classic.
4. Team Giannis: Pascal Siakam
5. Team LeBron: James Harden
6. Team Giannis: Joel Embiid
8. Team Giannis: Trae Young
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For Team LeBron, the first pick should be a no-brainer, if not somewhat forced.
As a Lakers teammate, Anthony Davis, who is playing at an MVP level, he should be the first player off the board.
From there, it’s anybody’s guess.
Conventional wisdom suggests that Antetokounmpo select Joel Embiid to offset Davis, but this is the All Star Game.
It’s not about height, it’s about ability, especially in the open court.
That means Luca Doncic should be the next one to hear his name called.
Things get interesting from there.
Kawhi Leonard is battling with James for the title of “King of L.A.,” but the latter may put all of that aside for the good of the game and take him next.
James Harden is the most logical choice to get selected after Leonard, but considering his history with Antetokounmpo, it’s probably a reach that all will be forgotten.
Pascal Siakam, who’s made the most of his opportunity to step into a starring role with the Toronto Raptor