Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James became the first player to be named to 20 All-Star teams Thursday night, selected for the Western Conference as part of the league’s unveiling of the 10 starters for next month’s All-Star Game in Indianapolis.
James surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most All-Star selections in NBA history. Joining him in the West starting five are Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant, Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Dončić and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
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They will face the Eastern Conference starters, with Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the voting. He is joined by Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton and Bucks guard Damian Lillard.
James, now in his 21st NBA season, is averaging 24.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists for the Lakers.
The coaching selections will be determined by the standings on Feb. 4. The reserve selections from each conference will be voted on by the NBA’s head coaches and will be announced on TNT on Feb. 1.
This year’s game will be played Feb. 18 in Indianapolis.
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