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LeBron picks Davis first, Giannis takes Embiid

LeBron James went with his teammate as the top pick after all.

After previously joking he wasn’t sure if he liked Anthony Davis enough to make him with the No. 1 selection in the NBA All-Star draft, James made his Los Angeles Lakers cohort the first pick when teams were chosen Thursday. Giannis Antetokounmpo followed by selecting his “African brother” Joel Embiid with the second pick.

For the third consecutive year, captains chose the All-Star teams in a draft format. James and Antetokounmpo are captains for the second year in a row after leading their respective conferences in fan votes.

They chose among the starters first, then reserves. James rounded out his starting lineup with Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic and James Harden. The rest of Antetokounmpo’s starters included Pascal Siakam, Kemba Walker and Trae Young.

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James took Davis with the first pick for the second year in a row. Last year, Antetokounmpo joked that James was committing tampering by taking the Davis when he was a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.



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