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For the second straight season, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are captaining the NBA All-Star Game squads.
James, who has two All-Star victories as a captain, will play alongside Los Angeles Lakers teammate Anthony Davis in the February 16 event at United Center in Chicago.
Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic and James Harden are the other starters on James’ squad, which was drafted Thursday night.
Antetokounmpo chose Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam, Kemba Walker and Trae Young to be part of his starting five.
The best reserve on both rosters could be Damian Lillard on Team LeBron, as he is in the middle of one of the most impressive individual runs of the 2019-20 NBA season.
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Between Davis, Doncic, James and Leonard, there is plenty of size in the Team LeBron starting five.
The chemistry between James and Davis should be an advantage the squad attempts to exploit in the first quarter.
Getting off to a quick start will be a key for the 2020 All-Star Game because of the new rules implemented for the contest.
Team LeBron should also benefit from Harden’s scoring, as he leads the NBA with 35.4 points per game, which is five points better than Antetokounmpo in second place.
With the other four starters expected to take up more space down low, Harden may fire at will from three-point range to ignite a fast start.
Doncic, who is averaging 28.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game, could be Team LeBron’s X-factor in his first All-Star start if he is deemed healthy. He is dealing with an ankle injury that has kept him out since January 31.
The combination of Lillard and Russell Westbrook off the bench could give Team LeBron the advantage it needs to earn its third straight victory.
After putting up 26 points Thursday, Lillard has a streak of 17 consecutive 20-point performances, with 11 of them featuring 30 or more points.
Westbrook eclipsed the 30-point barrier seven times over the last nine games, including his 41-point outburst versus the Lakers Thursday.
Nikola Jokic could be the key to setting up transition baskets or second-chance opportunities for the pair of guards, as he is averaging a double-double for the third straight campaign.
Chris Paul will likely take charge of ball-handling in the reserve group, while Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum and