On Thursday, the NBA announced the pool of 10 players that will start in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.
Among them is Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard. The same can't be said for Kyle Lowry, but he will likely be considered by the coaches for one of the reserve spots.
|Western Conference||Eastern Conference|
|Guard - Stephen Curry||Guard - Kyrie Irving|
|Guard - James Harden||Guard - Kemba Walker|
|Frontcourt - LeBron James||Frontcourt - Giannis Antetokounmpo|
|Frontcourt - Kevin Durant||Frontcourt - Kawhi Leonard|
|Frontcourt - Paul George||Frontcourt - Joel Embiid|
* All-Star Captains are in bold
To determine the 10 starters, fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote (five players from each conference). Current NBA players and a media panel each accounted for 25 percent of the vote, with those voters completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. Players were allowed to vote for their teammates and themselves.
MORE: Takeaways from the final fan, player and media vote results
As the leading vote-getters in their respective conferences, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will serve as captains in the second-ever NBA All-Star Draft, which will be televised on Thursday, Feb. 7. The captains will first choose from the pool of eight starters before selecting from a separate pool of 14 All-Star reserves, who will be named on Thursday, Jan. 31.
The 68th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Feb. 17, 2019, at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.