NBA All-Star 2021 Mock Draft: The Best Picks for LeBron James and Kevin Durant

Published 02/28/2021, 10:30 AM EST
Jan 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball against Houston Rockets guard John Wall (1) during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


With the All-Star game approaching, all eyes are on LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The two superstars were selected as All-Star captains from their respective conferences. And with the All-Star draft coming up, fans and analysts alike are speculating on the teams of the two captains.

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The selection of the All-Stars generated a lot of controversies when it happened. Many felt that Devin Booker, Domantas Sabonis, Mike Conley, and DeMar DeRozan were unfairly snubbed from the All-Star team. Furthermore, the selection of Luka Doncic as a starter over Damian Lillard also upset fans. However, Sabonis and Booker were eventually added to replace injured stars.

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Unfortunately, Kevin Durant will not be playing in the All-Star game, thanks to his injury. However, he will stay on as the All-Star captain. Jayson Tatum will be replacing him as the fifth starter from the Eastern Conference, whereas Domantas Sabonis will take Tatum’s reserve spot. With that in mind, here is our prediction for how the All-Star teams will pan out.

Team LeBron James

Feb 24, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks the ball over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the second quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Captain – LeBron James (LA Lakers)

First Pick – Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors)

Second Pick – Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)

Third Pick – Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)

Fourth Pick – Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)

Feb 13, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) celebrate during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Reserve Picks – In Order

Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)

Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)

Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans)

Chris Paul (Phoenix Suns)

Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)

Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)

Julius Randle (New York Knicks)

Team Kevin Durant

Jan 23, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) shoots the ball against Miami Heat forward Andre Iguodala (28) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Captain – Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets)

First Pick – Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets)

Second Pick – Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers)

Third Pick – Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)

Fourth Pick -Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)

Fifth Pick – Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)

Feb 9, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) gets defended by Detroit Pistons guard Wayne Ellington (8) during the second quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Reserve Picks – In Order

James Harden (Brooklyn Nets)

Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)

Paul George (LA Clippers)

Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers)

Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic)

Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics)

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Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls)

Which team will win the All-Star game?

Feb 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives to the basket between Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23), Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) and Los Angeles Lakers center Montrezl Harrell (15) during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

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From the two assembled rosters above, it appears that both teams are incredibly even. LeBron James often selects some of the best players in the NBA in a way that they can all play together. While the winner of the All-Star game is often inconsequential, fans often tune in to see which team comes out the victor, showing which players may be better than the others.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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