As the All-Star starter from each conference who received the most fan votes in his conference, Lakers forward LeBron James and Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will serve as captains in the All-Star Draft that will be televised by TNT on February 7 at 7 p.m.
"Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade embody the best of the National Basketball Association: remarkable skill, drive and professionalism as well as a deep devotion to strengthening their communities and growing the game around the world", Silver said in a statement released by the National Basketball Association. James and Antetokounmpo are the captains after they received the most votes from the West and East, respectively. In 2007, he was the first European-born player to win the NBA Most Valuable Player Award.
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Nowitzki, along with Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, will be selected in a special third round of the 2019 NBA All-Star Draft, which will add a thirteenth member to each team's roster.
As the top overall vote-getter, James will get the first pick, then Antetokounmpo and James will alternate selections. Wade was headed to the All-Star Game for various events and was exploring some broadcast opportunities, though now he'll be in shorts and sneakers instead of a suit for the Sunday night highlight of the weekend. Nowitzki is heading to the All-Star Game for the 14th time, and has yet to officially say if his 21st season with the Mavericks will be the final one of his career.
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The 25-year-old has had a breakout year averaging 15.4 points and 10 rebounds a game this year for Oklahoma City. He was also the 2006 NBA Finals MVP and 2008-09 scoring champion.
Only James, 1990s Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan and Wade have recorded at least 20,000 points, 5,000 assists, 4,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals, 800 blocked shots and 500 3-pointers.
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