The votes are in and your 2018 NBA All-Star team captains and starters have been chosen.
Just as expected, the lead vote-getter in the east was the King LeBron James and the West was won by the baby-faced assassin that is Steph Curry. The starters from the east will be Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Philly’s Joel Embiid, Boston’s Kyrie Irving and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan. For the West, there’s Houston’s James Harden, Golden State’s Kevin Durant and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. The starters were chosen by votes from fans, players, and the media. The game will take place in Los Angeles on February 18 and Curry is pretty excited to be captain.
With the new format, James will choose first because he got the most votes, and then Curry. James acknowledges that the competition hasn’t been up to snuff the past few years and is ready to bring energy back into the arena this time around.
“This is the reason they did this format, to make it very competitive. The All-Star game hasn’t been what it should be the last few years. I’m going to take it upon myself, and obviously the rest of the guys to go out there and play the game the right way and compete. Our fans deserve it,” James told ESPN.
Curry on the other hand, is more concerned with no one dunking on him, namely the Greek Freak. “He dunked on me last year. So maybe I have to get him on my team so that doesn’t happen again,” he said jokingly about Antetokounmpo.
First-time All-Star Joel Embiid also made the cut, which finally gives him the clout he needs to approach Rihanna after trying to get a date with her for the past two seasons and has endlessly tweeted about it. But Embiid is over RiRi, which might be the first time those words have ever been uttered.