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Lakers’ LeBron James breaks tie with Kobe Bryant for most All-Star Game starts with 16

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The NBA officially announced the players who will be starting in the 2020 All-Star Game. With Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James being named the captain on the Western Conference side, it marks his 16th start, breaking a tie with Kobe Bryant for the most all-time.

The volume of All-Star appearances from the Lakers star in general, is quickly nearing the top of the list, too. According to Tim Bontemps of ESPN, he surpassed Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett for the third-most selections in NBA history and is only behind Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Kobe Bryant.

James, who led all players in voting, was named to his 16th All-Star team, breaking a tie with Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett for the third-most selections in NBA history. He now trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) and Kobe Bryant (18). Assuming he plays in next month’s game, James will trail only Abdul-Jabbar (18) in All-Star Game appearances; Bryant missed three All-Star Games due to injury.

James is having yet another tremendous season posting averages of 25.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 10.8 assists (league-most). His impact has played an integral role in the Lakers posting the top record in the Western Conference through over the first half of the season.

It remains to be seen who the Lakers star will select in the draft to complete his All-Star roster. He will be competing with the Eastern Conference All-Star captain, Giannis Antetokounmpo, to field a worthy roster of winning the contest.

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will take place on Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.