The voting for the NBA's All-Star Game could not have worked out any better as the league's two most popular players will serve as team captains. LeBron James led all NBA players in fan votes and will pick his team while Steph Curry led all Western players in votes and will fill out his squad.
The format for the league's annual showcase of stars is different than in the past. This year LeBron and Curry will pick their teams from a pool of starters and reserves. The other four starters for each team have been announced and the reserves will be announced on January 25.
There will be no conference affiliation with the selections so LeBron, who gets the first pick for having the most fan votes, could just as easily select Curry's teammate Kevin Durant as he could select Kyrie Irving of the Celtics.
LeBron has given no indication on who he will select and he also sounds like the most boring NBA 2K player ever.
"I'm not telling you," James said on who he'll pick. "I'm going to try to build the best team I can. I don't play fantasy anything. And I don't trade guys onto teams when I play 2K or play the video games so this is different for me. But I know watching guys and loving their game and all that, if you had an opportunity to play with that guy, how special that would be."
Curry also gave no hints on who he will select, but unlike Durant who didn't want the responsibility of being a captain, Curry is embracing the newfound power he has.
Captain huh? Really Appreciate all the votes from the fans, media and players! Honored to be an All-Star. TGBTG! pic.twitter.com/rOpLsUx47T— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) January 18, 2018
This is LeBron's fourth time finishing as the top vote-getter. That ties him with Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter and Julius Erving for the second-most in NBA history. It's no surprise who has finished as the top vote-getter the most times as Michael Jordan pulled off the feat a staggering nine times in his career.
The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will be held on Feb. 18 in Los Angeles.