All-Star Game 2021: LeBron James and Kevin Durant headline starters

The NBA announced its starting line-up for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game on Thursday evening. There were no surprises.

Western Conference All-Stars

  • Lebron James
  • Luka Doncic
  • Stephon Curry
  • Kawhi Leonard
  • Nikola Jokic

Eastern Conference All-Stars

  • Kyrie Irving
  • Bradley Beal
  • Kevin Durant
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Joel Embid

Luka Doncic was a curious pick as he edged Damian Lillard for the second backcourt spot in the West. This was in spite of Lillard’s Portland Trail Blazers sitting six slots in front of Doncic’s Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference standings.

Fans accounted for 50 percent of the final voting for All-Star starters. Players and media split the remaining 50 percent equally. The fan vote broke a close call in the balloting between Doncic and Lillard.

The reserves will be selected by NBA head coaches and will be named Tuesday, Feb. 23.

The NBA officially announced plans for the All-Star extravaganza to take place in one-night. The 3-point contest and skills competition will be held prior to the game and the dunk contest at halftime.

For a second straight year, the game will be played to an Elam Ending.

The game will take place on Sunday, March 7, at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

Every player will travel to Atlanta privately from their hometowns and stay in the same hotel.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms expressed some anxiety, saying fans should not come to town for All-Star festivities because there will not be any public events related to the game.

 
LeBron James

 

LeBron Raymone James Sr. is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association . (wikipedia)

 
 
Kevin Durant

 

Kevin Wayne Durant , also known simply by his initials KD, is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association . (wikipedia)

 
 
Los Angeles Lakers

 

The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. (wikipedia)

 
 
Stephen Curry

 

Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry II is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association . (wikipedia)

 
 
Sports in Los Angeles

 

The Greater Los Angeles area is home to several professional and collegiate sports teams. The metropolitan area has eleven major league professional teams: the Anaheim Ducks, the Los Angeles Angels, (wikipedia)

 
 
Giannis Antetokounmpo

 

Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association . Born in Greece to Nigerian parents, (wikipedia)

 
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