68th NBA All-Star Game
7 p.m. Sunday • Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. • TNT/TBS
Curry comes home to Charlotte
The teams: LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo were awarded the team captain honors for being the top vote-getters in each conference. They drafted rosters from the pool of players voted into the game as starters and selected as reserves from each conference, making their selections regardless of conference affiliation. James had the first overall choice and took Kevin Durant. Antetokounmpo used his first pick on Stephen Curry.
The host: Charlotte is Curry's hometown. It previously hosted the All-Star Game in 1991. Ten future Hall of Famers — all members of the 1992 Dream Team — played in that game: Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, David Robinson and John Stockton.
Special invites: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver added Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki as All-Star extras with the 37-year-old Wade already saying his 16th season will be his last and the 40-year-old Nowitzki's record 21st season with the same franchise having the feel of an unofficial farewell tour. Combined, they have 27 All-Star appearances.
Last year's game: Team LeBron defeated Team Stephen 148-145 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. James was named All-Star Game MVP for the third time in his career. He had 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Odds and ends: James extended his own record by getting picked as a starter for the 15th consecutive year. … Kemba Walker's first All-Star start will come on his home floor. He's the only first-time starter. … Nikola Vucevic, Nikola Jokic, Khris Middleton and Ben Simmons are first-time All-Stars. Vucevic is the first Magic All-Star since Dwight Howard in 2012. … The Bucks have two All-Stars for the first time since 2001 (Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson).