Although the NBA decided not to televise the 2018 All-Star Draft, we do know bits and pieces how things played out when LeBron James and Steph Curry chose their teammates. For instance, it was revealed over the weekend that the Celtics’ Al Horford was the last pick for Team Steph, and that San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge was the last selection overall.
We have also learned the order how LeBron James selected the All-Star starters.
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According to Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver, LeBron spilled the beans about how his first round played out, which included Kevin Durant first overall, followed by Anthony Davis, his former teammate Kyrie Irving, and then DeMarcus Cousins. LeBron has said from the jump that he felt the league should’ve televised the draft so it’s not at all surprising that he was willing to reveal how things shook out.
On the other hand, Steph Curry hasn’t provided any information about how he picked his squad.
After last night’s game, in which LeBron led his team to a 148-145 victory with 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that the league will likely televise next year’s All-Star draft.
“When we sat with the union and we came up with this format, we all agreed, let’s not turn something that’s 100 percent positive into a potential negative to any player,” Silver told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “But then … maybe we’re overly conservative because then we came out there, and the players were, ‘We can take it. We’re All-Stars. Let’s have a draft.’ So it sounds like we’re going to have a televised draft next year.”
Last week Silver mentioned that Curry was one the players who did not want the draft to be televised, saying, “Let’s see how it goes, and then we can talk about televising it.'” However, after seeing how everything played out it appears a majority players feel the 2019 All-Star Draft should be open to the public.