LeBron James has tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA record of 19 All-Star selections.
The Los Angeles Lakers star was announced as an All-Star on Thursday and will be the captain of one of the teams for the All-Star Game on February 19 in Salt Lake City.
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, the Eastern Conference voting leader, will captain the other team.
This is the sixth year the NBA has used the captain format for the All-Star Game and James has been a captain every time and has never lost.
The two captains will choose their teams shortly before the game, a new twist on past years when the captains picked their teams a week or two in advance of the All-Star weekend.
“I’m definitely blessed and humbled to be a part of this,” Donovan Mitchell said during the televised starters’ announcement on TNT. “To be a part of my fourth All-Star and now to be a starter, I couldn’t be happier.”
Eastern Conference starters
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
- Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets)
- Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
- Donovan Mitchell (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets)
Western Conference starters
- LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
- Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
- Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans)
- Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
- Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)