The 2022 NBA All-Star Game is fast approaching and on Thursday night we’ve got the live draft between Team LeBron and Team Durant. This is the second straight year Kevin Durant is going to be captain and selecting his team while not participating in the actual game. The Brooklyn Nets star is recovering from a knee injury and won’t play in the ASG on Feb. 20. There are a few other notable roster updates to go over before the two teams pick.
As replacements for Durant and Golden State Warriors F/C Draymond Green, the NBA announced Charlotte Hornets G LaMelo Ball and San Antonio Spurs PG Dejounte Murray were named to the All-Star Game as reserves. In place of Durant as a starter is Boston Celtics SF Jayson Tatum.
Below is a look at the player pool LeBron and Durant will be selecting from before the draft gets going.
NBA All-Star Game draft results
Team LeBron — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
Team Durant — Joel Embiid, Sixers
Team LeBron — Stephen Curry, Warriors
Team Durant — Ja Morant, Grizzlies
Team LeBron — DeMar DeRozan, Bulls
Team Durant — Jayson Tatum, Celtics
Team LeBron — Nikola Jokic, Nuggets
Team Durant — Trae Young, Hawks
Team Durant — Andrew Wiggins, Warriors
We might as well just give the W to Team LeBron. He’s got Giannis and Steph. Plus, himself and the reigning MVP in Jokic. Durant gets left with Wiggins. Morant and Embiid are decent picks, but KD isn’t playing on his own team. Maybe if Durant was able to go it could be close. Durant is going to have to really crush it in the reserves draft a.k.a he needs to land Luka Doncic, James Harden and LaMelo Ball. We’ll see how the reserves go for Durant.
Team Durant — Devin Booker, Suns
Team LeBron — Luka Doncic, Mavericks
Team Durant — Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves
Team LeBron — Darius Garland, Cavaliers
Team Durant — Zach LaVine, Bulls
Team LeBron — Chris Paul, Suns
Team Durant — Dejounte Murray, Spurs
Team LeBron — Jimmy Butler, Heat
Team Durant — Khris Middleton, Bucks
Team LeBron — Donovan Mitchell, Jazz
Team Durant — LaMelo Ball, Hornets
Team LeBron — Fred VanVleet, Raptors
Team Durant — Rudy Gobert, Jazz
Team LeBron — James Harden, Sixers
OH BABY JAMES HARDEN MR. IRRELEVANT IN THE DRAFT! Has Harden ever been picked last for anything in sports? Can we go ask him right now? Does anyone have his number? LeBron crushed Durant again in the reserves section. It doesn’t seem like KD cares much. You’d think they’d just replace him with Embiid or someone who wants to win the game. This should be Team LeBron by a landslide with Steph, Giannis, Jokic, Doncic, Butler, Spida and The Beard pissed off KD didn’t take him.
Team LeBron roster
Team Durant roster