The Brooklyn Nets will have an All-Star for the 1st time in 5 years as D’Angelo Russell represents the borough Sunday night. Here’s how to watch.
The NBA All-Star Game is Sunday night in Charlotte and for the first time since 2014, the Brooklyn Nets are represented. Fourth-year guard D’Angelo Russell was selected as an injury replacement for Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers.
Russell is the 15th player in Nets history to be named an All-Star and the first since Joe Johnson in 2014. He was selected to Team Giannis in the All-Star Draft held on Feb. 7.
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A first-time All-Star, Russell is averaging career-highs of 20.3 points and 6.6 assists per game this season, to go with 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 30.1 minutes per game. His shooting percentages of 43.6 overall and 37.2 on 7.4 3-point attempts per game are also career-bests.
Russell earned his first Player of the Week honor when he was selected from the Eastern Conference on Jan. 22 and is putting himself in position to command a big deal when he becomes a restricted free agent on July 1.
While much of the attention leading up to Sunday’s game focused on Team LeBron, captained by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, the Team Giannis squad headed by Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is formidable.
Most of the pre-game predictions are calling for a Team LeBron win, with his collection of pending free agents and trade targets including Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis and Klay Thompson.
Here are the rosters for Sunday night:
- F LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
- F Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
- F Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors
- G James Harden, Houston Rockets
- G Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
- C-F LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs
- G Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
- F-C Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
- G Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
- G-F Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
- G Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
- C Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
- G Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
- F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
- F-C Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
- F Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
- G Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
- G Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
- F Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons
- C Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
- G Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
- F Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
- F Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
- G Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers (injured, will not play)
- G D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets
- C Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic
- G Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Team LeBron will be coached by Denver’s Michael Malone, while the Mike Budenholzer of the Bucks leads Team Giannis.
Here is how to catch the action from Charlotte Sunday night.
68th NBA All-Star Game
After Sunday, the NBA will remain idle for three more days before action resumes with six games, including the Nets hosting the Portland Trail Blazers, on Thursday.