NBA Health & Safety Protocols Features All-Star Lineups


With the NBA's Christmas Day slate set to feature games full of replacement players, we thought it might be better to imagine an All-Star matchup of players currently out of action on COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols. 

Here's how the starting lineups could look, made up of current Covid-affected players (as of Wednesday, Dec. 22nd late afternoon—subject to change!):

Team KD

  • Kevin Durant    
  • James Harden   
  • Trae Young       
  • Jarrett Allen      
  • Scottie Barnes  


Team Giannis

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo 
  • Luka Doncic                   
  • Zach LaVine                   
  • Anthony Edwards           
  • Fred VanVleet                 

The benches wouldn't look too shabby, either, consisting of the likes of:

  • Evan Mobley
  • Andrew Wiggins
  • Bobby Portis
  • De'Aaron Fox
  • Pascal Siakam
  • OG Anunoby
  • Al Horford
  • Clint Capela
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Cade Cunningham

Some of those players were slated to play in the NBA's annual Christmas Day showcase of games, but unless they can turn out two negative tests within a 24-hour span, they'll all have to settle for this imaginary matchup. 

The two exceptions are Giannis and James Harden, whose 10-day stays on the protocols list are up on Christmas Eve. Whether they'll be ready to go the next day is anybody's guess at this point. 

Please note that the lists above only include players who've actually played NBA games this season, not those who've chosen to sit out due to vaccine mandates. 

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