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.
With the NBA All-Star Game teams now selected via draft, fans of the league were interested to hear who would be taken where, so the league came through and chose to televise the event.
James said he took Aldridge even though he knows Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will have conditions.
"And after that, I don't know".
Responded James, as both players laughed: "Tampering rules do not apply on All-Star weekend", a thinly veiled reference to the reaction James got when he listed Davis as one of many players he would like the chance to play with.More news: Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of Blackmail, Extortion
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Russell Westbrook and Joel Embiid have a budding rivalry going on, so Giannis said before the draft he wanted to have Russ and Joel on his team so he could play the role of peacemaker.
"Isn't that tampering?" Antetokounmpo asked. James and Curry were the captains previous year, but the order of their picks were not revealed or aired. "I'm just kidding. I'm going with my buddy Dwyane Wade". TNT aired the draft Thursday evening but pre-recorded it that morning while trade news was still flying ahead of the 3 p.m. ET deadline. Antetokounmpo drafted Ben Simmons, much to James' dismay, but they agreed to work out a trade after the draft was complete.
The last of the starters to get drafted was the Hornets' Kemba Walker, who will be playing in front of his home fans at Charlotte's Spectrum Center. The results weren't announced last season, but Ernie Johnson asked James after the first round of the draft, and he admitted that he drafted Durant first a year ago as well. "You guys just want to make a big deal out of who's last".
Then, to spite James, Antetokounmpo picked Ben Simmons.
"Kevin Durant", Antetokounmpo said.