LeBron James is the other captain and has the first pick when they draft from the pool of starters because he received more votes. Antetokounmpo also picked his teammate Khris Middleton. After he did, the Lakers star said he was "very sure" he wanted to make Davis his teammate.
Antetokounmpo asked James, "Isn't that tampering?"
"Tampering rules do not apply on All-Star Weekend", James replied with a chuckle.
It's the second year of the format that saw James and Stephen Curry pick their teams behind closed doors last season, to consternation of fans and players alike.
Damian Lillard found out last week that he had made his fourth All-Star team. James and Curry were the captains previous year, but the order of their picks were not revealed or aired. Veteran special additions Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki were designated for the final two picks of the draft. But he had some fun with that moment. "Everything else for me is just like icing on the cake", James said. "I'm going with my buddy, Dwyane Wade".
With the first pick of the draft, James drafted Durant (again).
This year, the process was played out in the open with James and Antetokounmpo making their selections live on TNT Thursday night.
So with that, the first televised All-Star Draft was certainly a smashing success. He better pick me. "But there's nothing I'm chasing or feel like I need to end my career on". "It doesn't change anything". After the draft, James proposed a trade of Westbrook for Simmons in order to pair Westbrook with one of his many rivals, Joel Embiid.
Antetokounmpo said he took George for one reason: "He had a huge dunk on me", Antetokounmpo said, tipping his cap to the slam that the Thunder star threw down last month. James coveted Ben Simmons and convinced Antetokounmpo to work out a deal for Russell Westbrook. "I'm not going to play this game". "I have no idea, but he's always in his feelings". He then proceeded to add some global flavor between his picks of Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic and Philadelphia 76ers maestro Ben Simmons, all first-time All-Stars as well.
He "traded" Ben Simmons for Westbrook just to put the two together on a team.