Among the Starters in the respective conferences include: Eastern Conference; 1: Giannis Antetokoumpo (captain).
George was ranked fourth by the fans, players and media.
- Joel Embiid, 76ers (2nd All-Star selection): A starter for the second straight year, Embiid scored 19 points for Team Curry in his All-Star Game debut last season. James (4,620,809 fan votes) and Antetokounmpo (4,375,747 fan votes) led their respective conferences and position groups in fan voting. With his performance at the All-Star game last season, along with his outstanding play this year, it's no surprise that he's been voted into the game again. Because fan balloting only accounts for 50 percent of the vote, with players and a media panel each accounting for 25 percent of the vote.
Paul George earned the start over New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis via a tiebreaker that gives more weight to fan voting over media and player voting. "I don't know yet", said Walker.
There's still hope for Wade to make one final All-Star Game before he retires, but it will have to be as a reserve.
Walker watched the TNT broadcast of the starters' announcement from Milwaukee, and was clearly pleased and relieved to see that he'll have the chance to start on his home floor. The All-Star Draft will be televised by TNT on February 7 at 7 p.m.
Simmons is averaging 16.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 8.3 assists in 48 games.
The reserves for the All-Star game will be announced on Thursday, seven from each conference, selected by the coaches, on TNT at 5 p.m. James and Antetokounmpo will pick players for their teams on February 7 in a televised All-Star draft on TNT at 5 p.m.