Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NBA All-Star rosters set as Lebron picks KD first, Giannis takes Steph
By ADAM ZAGORIALeBron James picked Kevin Durant with the first pick in the NBA All-Star Game Draft, and Giannis Antetokounmpo picked Steph Curry.
This marks the second straight year James has drafted Durant with the No. 1 overall pick, but he didn’t reveal last year’s pick until Thursday night.
After drafting James Harden as his last pick among the starters, James drafted Anthony Davis with the first pick of the reserves, which sparked some good humor.
“I’m very sure of that,” James said when asked if he was sure he wanted Davis as his teammate.
“Isn’t that tampering?” Giannis asked.
“Tampering rules do not apply on All-Star weekend,” James cracked.
Bradley Beal was the Mr. Irrelevant of the Draft, going last among picks to Team LeBron.
James then picked Dwyane Wade among the special additions, while Giannis picked Dirk Nowitzki.
After the draft, James traded Russell Westbrook to Team Giannis for Ben Simmons. Here are the full teams.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.