Secret Draft Held Between Curry and James For the 2018 NBA All-Star Game

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Secret Draft Held Between Curry and James For the 2018 NBA All-Star Game

The 67th NBA All-Star Game’s players have been announced.

In 2015, when the All-Star game was held in New York City, U.S. residents logged 1.7 billion leisure-related trips. This February, out of the 19,000 airports located throughout the U.S. and its territories, one of the most famous airports in the world, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), will be filled with some of the most famous athletes in the world.

The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will be held on February 18 at the illustrious Staples Center in Los Vegas, California.

Rather than the traditional Eastern Conference all-stars taking on the Western Conference all-stars, the NBA decided to switch to a draft-style format. The two team captains, LeBron James and Stephen Curry, were the players from each respective conference who garnered the most fan votes.

Both Curry and James got together with the NBA to draft the rest of the all-star teams, but the NBA decided not to televise the event for various reasons:

  1. The NBA doesn’t want to embarrass either the last chosen player or an undrafted player.
  2. The NBA doesn’t want to put the captains (James and Curry) in a position where they might upset teammates and friends by not picking them.
  3. Though a majority of NBA players wanted the draft televised, some didn’t — so the NBA acquiesced.

“It was the absence of a consensus by prospective players likely to be affected that led to [not televising the draft,” said a league official. “Whether a decision to broadcast the draft will be made after this year’s game, that will be determined going forward.”

Immediately following Thursday’s secret draft, LeBron James took to Twitter, saying:

“Yo, [Steph Curry), that was fun!!! Definitely should’ve been televised.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver entertained the idea of televising the draft, but said it would put both Curry and James in a “impossible position” because of their relationships with other players in the draft.

“They’re picking one player over another — in part, not because they necessarily think that player is better than another player, maybe because they have a personal relationship with the player, or they think that player would be a better complement to the players,” Silver said. “So I would only say, it’s a big change from where we were, and I think we’ll see how this works, and it will develop over time. The goal was to improve the All-Star Game, not put a cherry on top of the cake.”

This is Curry’s 5th All-Star selection and LeBron’s 14th. In addition to these two former MVPs, here are the rest of the 2018 NBA All-Stars:

Eastern Conference All-Stars

  • Kyrie Irving (5th)
  • DeMar DeRozan (4th)
  • Kyle Lowry (4th)
  • Joel Embiid (1st)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (2nd)
  • John Wall (5th)
  • Bradley Beal (1st)
  • Kristaps Porzingis (1st)
  • Victor Oladipo (1st)
  • Kevin Love (5th)
  • Al Horford (5th)

Western Conference All-Stars

  • James Harden (6th)
  • Kevin Durant (9th)
  • DeMarcus Cousins (4th)
  • Anthony Davis (5th)
  • Russell Westbrook (7th)
  • Damian Lillard (3rd)
  • Jimmy Butler (4th)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (6th)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (1st)
  • Draymond Green (3)
  • Klay Thompson (4th)

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