The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will take place in Charleston, North Carolina on February 17 at 8 p.m EST. From the west is Team LeBron, with Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, Kevin Durant from the Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving from the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard, and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden. From the east is Team Giannis, with Giannis Antetokounmpo from the Milwaukee Bucks, the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid from the Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George, and Kemba Walker from the Charlotte Hornets.
Although, the trade deal between the New Orleans Pelicans’ and the Los Angeles Lakers failed to see Anthony Davis on a starting roster with LeBron James sometime in the 2018-19 season, the All-Star Game will be a brief showcase of that future potentiality.
With that in mind it’s safe to say that James and Davis will start in the second quarter of the game. If not in the first half, then definitely in the second.
Another important pairing to see is the last time that Dwayne Wade and James will both share a court together. Wade is retiring after this 2018-19 season and this All-Star Game is the final opportunity for James and Wade to play together again professionally. It is likely that given their close relationship, Wade and James will finish the game in the second half for one last time.
When constructing their teams, James mostly went offensive whereas Giannis designed a team from both an offensive and defensive perspective. At Giannis’ center is Joel Embiid and in reserve is Nikola Jokic, both defensive giants. However, James does has Davis in reserve, a powerful center with limitless scoring ability and Leonard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, as a starter.
According to the combined statistics of both teams on ESPN.com, Team LeBron will have the advantage in points scored, field-goal percentage, blocks, steals, and dunks while Team Giannis will lead in assists, rebounds, and 3-PT field-goal percentage. In addition, Team LeBron leads in All-Star MVPs and All-Star appearances.
Although Team Giannis and Team LeBron are both very well matched, experience may be the deciding factor against an otherwise less-experienced team.