Nowitzki, Wade added to rosters for All-Star Game

Nowitzki, Wade added to rosters for All-Star Game

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade were named Friday as special roster additions for the 68th NBA All-Star Game by league commissioner Adam Silver.

By special order of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Wade and Nowitzki were added Friday to the pool of players for the All-Star Game that will be played in Charlotte on February 17.

Nowitzki will make his 14th All-Star appearance this season.

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"Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade embody the best of the National Basketball Association: remarkable skill, drive and professionalism as well as a deep devotion to strengthening their communities and growing the game around the world", Silver said in a statement.

The Warriors own the best record in the Western Conference at 36-14 (.720), including a current NBA-best win streak of 11 consecutive games, making them just the second team ever in the four major professional sports leagues to post a double-digit win streak in six-straight seasons (San Antonio Spurs, 2010-16). Silver added Wade and Nowitzki as a 13th player to each active All-Star Game roster, which usually carries 12 players. Each team will now have 13 players instead of the customary 12, and LeBron James - one of the captains - will be the one who decides which side Wade and Nowitzki will be joining. The participants for the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and the Slam Dunk Contest will be announced Tuesday. Nowitzki won the NBA MVP in 2006-07 and secured a Finals victory in 2011. James and Antetokounmpo are the captains after they received the most votes from the West and East, respectively.

The reserves are now entered into the draft pool that James and Antetokounmpo will be picking from, after going through starters. James will have the first pick between Nowitzki and his former teammate Wade.

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