For the first time since the NBA All-Star Game went to a draft format, the selections will take place live right before the game. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James will once again be a captain, and Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo will be opposing him. James will have the first selection as the top vote-getter. The draft will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET and will air on TNT.
The two captains will first select from the reserves, and then draft the remaining starters. Here’s a look at the selections, along with analysis of each pick.
2023 NBA All-Star Game draft results
Team LeBron roster
Nikola Jokic - 21st overall pick - The two-time reigning MVP goes to Team LeBron in the ultimate coup for the King.
Luka Doncic - 19th overall pick - James is going to tell Doncic and Irving to go crazy here. It’s interesting that he’d let them build some chemistry in this showcase game.
Kyrie Irving - 17th overall pick - This was obviously going to happen, and it’s a bit shocking James even made him available to Giannis. Let the rumor mill go crazy again.
Joel Embiid - 15th overall pick - This is a huge surprise from James, but it adds some size to his roster and grabs the Sixers center.
Jaren Jackson Jr. - 14th overall pick - The Grizzlies power forward technically would’ve been the last pick of the whole draft if this was done in the right fashion.
De’Aaron Fox - 12th overall pick - This adds some much-needed speed to James’ squad. Fox is going to have some big moments tonight.
Julius Randle - 10th overall pick - James adds Randle, a point forward who provides some energy off the bench and will also try to make a statement after a rough 3-point contest Saturday.
Tyrese Haliburton - 8th overall pick - James finally adds a guard to his lineup.
Paul George - 6th overall pick - James takes his city rival who was almost his teammate twice. The loading up on wing players continue.
Jaylen Brown - 4th overall pick - James is loading up on wing players, taking the two-way star from Boston. We’ll see how much Brown plays given his face injury.
Anthony Edwards - 2nd overall pick - James taking a rising small forward who might be the future of the league is a great move.
Team Giannis roster
Lauri Markkanen - 22nd overall pick - Of course Markkanen was going to picked last with the starters but he’s been great this season and will be an important shooter for Team Giannis.
Donovan Mitchell - 20th overall pick - Mitchell has quietly been excellent for the Cavaliers this season, and he should put on a show for his former team’s fans.
Ja Morant - 18th overall pick - Antetokounmpo tried to grab Morant in his reserve draft but gets him here. A lot of guards for Team Giannis.
Jayson Tatum - 16th overall pick - This is a nice get for Antetokounmpo, as Tatum is playing some of his best basketball right now.
Domantas Sabonis - 13th overall pick - Team Giannis gets more size with Sabonis.
Bam Adebayo - 11th overall pick - Team Giannis gets a defensive star, but we’ll see how much Adebayo actually challenges at the rim tonight.
Pascal Siakam - 9th overall pick - Antetokounmpo had a rough experience guarding Siakam in the 2019 playoffs but he gets to be teammates with him here. Versatility continues to be a key metric for Team Giannis.
DeMar DeRozan - 7th overall pick - The Bulls guard was a contender for James’ first pick given the love the King has for him. Antekounmpo keeps going guards.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - 5th overall pick - Yet another guard for Team Giannis. There’s not much defense played in this contest so this could actually be a smart strategy for Antetokounmpo.
Jrue Holiday - 3rd overall pick - Antetokounmpo takes his boy. He’s got two strong guards on his side now.
Damian Lillard - 1st overall pick - It’s surprising that Antetokounmpo didn’t take his teammate Jrue Holiday first but Lillard is not a bad selection here.