NBA announces starters for East & West 2021 All-Star teams

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The NBA All-Star break is quickly approaching. Fans have feverishly been voting for their favorite players to participating in the game. Voting closed earlier this week, and now we know the starters for each conference.

Shams Charania of The Athletic shared who will be the starters for the Western Conference.

The Western Conference representatives for the starting five are Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry, Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic.

As pointed out, LeBron James will be the captain representing the Western Conference, as he received the most votes. Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant will fill that role for the Eastern Conference as the highest vote-getter.

Joining Kevin Durant as the starting five representatives from the Eastern Conference are his Nets’ teammate Kyrie Irving, Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid.

Bradley Beal has to feel good about this selection after being a snub in recent seasons based mostly on the Wizards’ struggles. Washington is still struggling this season, but fans came out in full force for him.

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For once, NBA fans did rather well with their voting. There are usually one or two players that are questionable starters, but this year, it is tough to argue against any of the players selected. There will also be players that deserve to be a starter, such as Damian Lillard, but there can only be 10 starters and he will undoubtedly make the team as a reserve.

Like in previous years, the All-Star Game will be played pick-up style with the captains selecting their teams. LeBron James and Kevin Durant, as the two highest vote-getters in their respective conferences, will be selecting the teams.

They will select from the pool of starters first and then the pool of reserve players. The pool of reserve players will be announced on February 23rd.