Fans of the Texas Longhorns basketball program will get to see former standout Kevin Durant as a starter for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.
This new format for the NBA All-Star Game for this season is a cool shakeup that could make the entirety of the weekend an improved experience. While NBA All-Star Weekend is already one of the better setups among the big spots in the United States, this new draft setup between Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James adds a new dynamic to the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. Former Texas Longhorns basketball standout Kevin Durant was also a part of this historic All-Star moment.
The individual moment that made things special for the Golden State Warriors superstar forward Kevin Durant came when he was the first player selected among the starters for Team LeBron and Team Giannis.
Kevin Durant didn’t seem to be too impressed by LeBron selecting him first though. He told reporters recently that LeBron essentially had to pick him, saying “what was he supposed to do”.
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game player draft had some interesting results. At first glance, it appears as if Team LeBron should have a pretty big edge over Team Giannis. But, it should be an interesting game nontheless. It’s not just Kevin Durant that makes Team LeBron a good pick to win the game too.
A few of the more notable storylines from this 2019 NBA All-Star Draft includes the reunion of the former Oklahoma City Thunder trio, LeBron adding Dwyane Wade to his side, and Team Giannis adding Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki.
Team LeBron was supposed to have that former Oklahoma City standout trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook on his side. However, a late trade that sent Russ to Team Giannis and brought in forward Ben Simmons canceled out that opportunity for the fans to witness.
On the side of Team Giannis, the highlights of his team includes Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, and OKC forward Paul George. Giannis used his first overall selection to nab Curry off the board.
This should be an entertaining game that features a host of athletic players that can show off during an All-Star Weekend that has a different feel to it. The draft added an interesting edge that wasn’t there in year’s past.
Moreover, there’s a handful of former Longhorns that are set to participate in the festivities during All-Star Weekend. Kevin Durant and San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge are set to play in the All-Star Game itself. Brooklyn Nets rising star big man Jarrett Allen is playing in the Rising Stars Game too.
The 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend takes place in Charlotte, NC, this year. The weekend of events starts on Feb. 15 with the Celebrity Game and Rising Stars Game. The All-Star Game itself tips off at 7 p.m. CT on Sunday Feb. 17, and is set to feature superstars like LeBron and former Longhorn Kevin Durant.