The two veterans were specifically added to the pool of players available for selection by National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver.
Especially since they were unable to make much noise at the deadline themselves, despite the persistent Anthony Davis rumors.
For his reserves, Antetokounpo picked teammate Kris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin, D'Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle Lowry and Nowitzki went to his team after James passed on him.
The format of having two team captains - selected by virtue of getting the most fan votes in their respective conferences - draft their all-star teammates without regard to conference is in its second year, but Thursday marked the first time the process was televised. The Raptors added center Marc Gasol to play alongside Kawhi Leonard, while the Bucks traded for Nikola Mirotic to compliment Giannis Antetokounmpo. "Every time I take a hit, I'm able to nudge it off and keep going", he said. I think it's going to be random. James took Wade, his former Miami and Cleveland teammate and longtime close friend.
James chose Kevin Durant with the No. 1 overall pick, as he did previous year in the All-Star draft, to be one of his starters.
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Now the Bucks will be one of just two teams to have at least three players who attempt a minimum of six three-pointers per game. Initial rumours named both Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry in a potential deal for Gasol and Memphis point guard Mike Conley .
Barkley's suggestion prompted laughter from the two captains, who were tasked with picking four starters in the first round and seven reserves in the second round each. Not only did Embiid lose the chance to play with his real-life teammate in the All-Star Game, he was stuck with Westbrook, who has made no bones of his dislike for Embiid.
"I didn't have to lobby for it", Wade said.
Following the draft, Antetokounpo traded Simmons to Team LeBron for Westbrook.