NBA All-Star Starters Revealed

The voting results are in. The NBA All-Star starters have been revealed. No real surprises among the bunch (unless you're a Philadelphia 76ers fan). But the biggest exciting revelation is that the two team "captains"—the leading vote-getters, LeBron James from the West, and Giannis Antetokounmpo from the East—will be drafting their teams live on the court just before tip-off. THAT should be must-see TV. 

Here are the starters for the Feb. 19th All-Star Game:

In the East, team captain Giannis is joined in the frontcourt by Kevin Durant and Jayson Tatum, while Donovan Mitchell and Kyrie Irving received the most votes in the backcourt. Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is nudged out by Tatum for a starting spot, despite Embiid averaging 33.4 points (second in the league), 9.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 blocks per game. Tatum was no slouch himself, of course, averaging 31 pts, 8.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

The West starters, in addition to LeBron, feature two-time defending MVP Nikola Jokic and Zion Williamson in the frontcourt, with Steph Curry and Luka Doncic in the backcourt.

For LeBron, it's his 19th NBA All-Star selection, tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most in league history.

The reserves will be announced next Thursday. And the 'who got snubbed' takes can continue at that point.