The NBA will hold its third annual All-Star Draft on Thursday night. LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who were voted as captains for this season’s teams, will make their picks live on TNT at 7:00 p.m. ET.
James has the first pick in this year’s draft, while Antetokounmpo gets the first shot at the reserves who are available. Trades have been allowed in the past, so we could see a few moves before the game tips off. For now, though, we mock…
No. 1 pick, Team LeBron: Anthony Davis
Aside from the fact that they are Lakers teammates, Davis is one of the best players in today’s game. “The Brow,” as he’s come to be known, is currently averaging 26.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Barring any unforeseen antics, James will likely pick AD at No. 1 overall.
No. 2 pick, Team Giannis: Luka Doncic
Giannis will need another capable scorer, and there are few better than Doncic. The Slovenian-born guard has quickly become one of the more prominent names in the NBA, and he’s continuing to develop his game. Though he’s only playing in his second season of NBA service, Luka is already posting some of the best statistical figures in the league. His 28.8 points are currently ranked 6th, and he’s 3rd in assists.
No. 3 pick, Team LeBron: Kawhi Leonard
This might seem like a strange prediction to some, as Leonard is now playing for the rival Clippers. However, LeBron knows what Kawhi brings to the table. Just last season, Leonard led the Raptors to their first championship in franchise history. This season, Kawhi is once again proving why he is viewed as one of the best players in the NBA. In 39 games played, he’s recorded averages of 27.0 points, 7.5 rebounds 5.3 assists and 1.9 steals.
No. 4 pick, Team Giannis: Kemba Walker
With Walker, Team Giannis would have an excellent point guard to distribute all of the alley-oops that have become famous in the All-Star Game. Walker joined the Celtics in the offseason, leaving the Hornets after eight seasons. So far, he seems to be enjoying his new gig in Beantown, as he’s averaging 22.0 points and 5.0 assists per game.
No. 5 pick, Team LeBron: James Harden
Harden is a flat-out offensive machine. As one of the best shooters in the league, he’d give Team LeBron a solid option on the perimeter, and his savvy ball handling skills would help draw the defense in drive-and-kick scenarios.
No. 6 pick, Team Giannis: Joel Embiid
Embiid is widely-viewed as one of the best big men in today’s NBA. He may not fall this far in the pecking order, but if he does, Team Giannis will have a solid anchor in the paint.
No. 7 pick, Team LeBron: Trae Young
Young has burst onto the scene in a big way. Selected with the 5th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Texas native has proven that he has what it takes to play in the pros. He has a strong motor, flashy ball handling skills and a clean stroke from the perimeter. His 29.3 points per game are currently ranked 4th.
No. 8 pick, Team Giannis: Pascal Siakam
If Giannis can land Siakam and Embiid, his team will have a notable size advantage in the paint. Pascal has improved his game with each passing season. And now that Kawhi Leonard is no longer with the Raptors, Pascal is seeing an increased role. In his 40 games played this season, the 25-year-old forward has turned in averages of 23.7 points and 7.7 rebounds.
And there it is — our 2020 NBA All-Star Mock Draft. Several other players will be listed as reserves, including Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, Donovan Mitchell, Khris Middleton and Chris Paul (to name a few).