"I don't want to do it", Durant told The Athletic. "But me, I'll let somebody else pick the teams". "I'll be the first to usher in the new system".
"I've got a 13-year-old son now; he's in the seventh grade".
"I don't know until you make that decision". Eighteen years, I've been in this light right here, so I've already exceeded everything that I've ever dreamed about. He's also a four-time NBA MVP, and he could easily have more. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes. I don't feel like I came in at 18 and I've played 79-80 percent of games.
Coaches will then choose the reserves and the two top vote-getters from each conference get to pick their teammates from the pool. The reserves will be announced the following Tuesday, Jan. 23, with the final rosters as selected by the captains unveiled on Thursday, Jan. 25. Voting will conclude Monday.
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James and Antetokounmpo are followed in the East frontcourt by the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (784,287) and the New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis (640,928). Boston's Kyrie Irving (1,370,643) and Toronto's DeMar DeRozan (537,168) are the top two guards, while Philadelphia's Ben Simmons (397,942) is third.
In the Western Conference, Durant (1,326,059), New Orleans' Anthony Davis (664,687) and Golden State's Draymond Green (616,730) are the top three frontcourt players. The Houston Rockets' James Harden has 978,540 votes and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook 791,332. New Orleans' DeMarcus Cousins (587,835) is fourth. Thomas has just returned from injury, Wade is averaging his lowest points ever as an National Basketball Association player, and Anthony hasn't meshed well with his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates. The leading vote-getters will be named captains and will select their teammates for the 67th All-Star Game, which will take place on February 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The All-Star captains and starters will be announced January 18, with the reserves unveiled five days later. The full team rosters will be revealed a week later, January 25 in a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off at 6 p.m. CT.