It will be interesting to see if James, who is one of the two captains of the All-Star Game this year, ends up selecting Wade so that the two can be on the same team together one last time before Wade retires.
In a statement, the league announced, "In honor of their extraordinary contributions as iconic NBA champions and beloved ambassadors and in recognition of their All-Star careers, Nowitzki and Wade will take the court for the 68 NBA All-Star Game".
In the All-Star games that he has played in, Wade has averaged 16.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
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Nowitzki, 40, is in his 21st year with the Mavericks, an National Basketball Association record for most seasons with one team. Because LeBron had the most votes, he will make the first pick in the first and third rounds and Giannis will have the first pick in the second round.
Nowitzki was already going to have a big role in All-Star weekend, after agreeing to be an honorary coach in the Rising Stars game on Friday night and the skills competition as part of All-Star Saturday Night.
The reserves are now entered into the draft pool that James and Antetokounmpo will be picking from, after going through starters.
The New Zealand centre has been putting up career-best numbers this season in several categories, averaging career highs in points per game (15.4), rebounds per game (10.0), assists per game (1.8) and steals per game (1.5).