LeBron James is one of the captains for this year’s NBA All-Star Game, alongside Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Both guys stacked their rosters from the players selected to this year’s game.
When the draft ended, James’ roster drew some raised eyebrows. For one, it seems much strong on paper than the Greek Freak’s.
Sure, Giannis’ team, which can be seen below, is no joke. But LeBron has Kawhi, KD, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and Kyrie on his squad, among others.
The rosters are set for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. pic.twitter.com/BNoJeKlAEF
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) February 8, 2019
Besides the overall strength of the unit, James’ team drew reaction for another reason. Many of the players he chose are entering free agency this summer, and it is no secret that LeBron wants some star power to join him in LA.
Davis is expected to be traded this summer, while Durant, Kyrie, Kawhi and Klay Thompson are all slated to hit the open market. Still, James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin that didn’t factor into his decision-making at all.
“It’s all good and well and dandy, but for me, I picked according to my draft board, and I picked according to who was the best available,” James said. “It just so happened that I had KD, who’s a pending free agent, and Kyrie, who’s a pending free agent. James [Harden] is under contract until 2030. Kawhi’s a free agent.”
Do you buy LeBron’s explanation? It seems like he was able to kill two birds with one stone, stacking his roster for the game while also planting some seeds for free agency.
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game is set for next Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.