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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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NBA All-Star Weekend is right around the corner but before the festivities start, fans will be treated to an event that will have all 2K gamers and fantasy basketball participants, laser focused on their television screens.  Last year, captains, LeBron James and Stephen Curry, picked their all-star rosters behind closed doors but this year, the All-Star draft will be televised for all NBA fans to watch.  We, Erik Jesberger and I, couldn’t help but to make our very own All-Star game mock draft.

As a LeBron fan, I, Prasham Jobanputra, will take control of Team LeBron while Erik will be the GM of Team Giannis.  Team LeBron will receive the first pick since LeBron was the leading vote-getter and then picks will alternate.  The starters will be chosen first and then we’ll start to choose the reserves.

Team LeBron: Kyrie Irving

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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving handles the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Celtics won 113-99. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

LeBron picked him last year when there was still a little bit of awkwardness between the two but since then, Kyrie has apologized to LeBron for not appreciating his leadership as Cleveland teammates and now the two are on good terms.  I mean, LeBron posted a video of him singing on his Instagram story and tagged Kyrie.  This rekindled friendship even has rumors starting about the two former teammates reuniting in L.A. this summer as Kyrie enters free agency.  And if LeBron picks Kyrie, the rumors will keep filing in.

Team Giannis: Stephen Curry

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts after hitting a 3-point basket against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Denver. The Warriors won 142-111. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

With Giannis’s comments already supporting the fact that Steph would be the first addition to his all-star squad, the electric three point shooter with the 4th best three point shooting percentage of all time is a great addition to Team Giannis in his 7th year in the all star game.

Team LeBron: Kawhi Leonard

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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) holds the ball against Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

He may be quiet, but Kawhi is one of the best two-way players ever and he’s in his final year of his contract.  It’s no secret the Lakers and LeBron will be major contenders to sign Leonard in the offseason as Leonard has expressed interest in playing in his hometown of L.A.  By picking Kawhi, LeBron can perhaps win over Kawhi and help his recruitment to the Lakers.

Team Giannis: James Harden

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, looks to shoot the ball as Denver Nuggets guard Malik Beasley defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

As last year’s MVP of the league, the man known for the beard is a significant addition to the roster. Backed up by his 36.5 points per game average this season and 6 triple-doubles, Harden stands as a behind the arch threat to LeBron’s all-star team in the matchup.

Team LeBron: Kevin Durant

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Denver. The Warriors won 142-111. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The only reason this pick doesn’t come earlier is because of Durant’s comments about LeBron when he described LeBron having a toxic environment around him.  But at the end of the day, Durant is one of top players in the NBA and if he’s still available, LeBron almost has no choice but to choose him.

Team Giannis: Paul George

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, right, goes up for a dunk over Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

In his 7th all-star game selection, PG stands as a viable acquisition to Team Giannis and his selection is in no doubt made to bring multiple assists, steals and of course, three point range with about 50% shooting from behind the arc and 28 points per game this season.

Team LeBron: Joel Embiid

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Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, center, goes up for a shot between San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills, left, and Jakob Poeltl during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 122-120. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Embiid is the only center that was chosen to start the All-Star Game so I had to pick him to add rim protection and a reliable rebounder.  Also, Embiid in the pick-and-roll with LeBron is a serious threat that would be very entertaining to watch with the flashy passes and alley-oops in the All-Star Game.

Team Giannis: Kemba Walker

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Kemba Walker (15) gestures after making a 3-point basket against the Sacramento Kings during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Standing as a top three-point guard in the league, Kemba is a well deserved all-star addition. who will demonstrate his exceptional offensive scoring ability as well as assisting the basketball, as he averages above 5 assists per game this season.

Team LeBron: Anthony Davis

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New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Anthony Davis has made it very clear that he wants out of New Orleans and would be interested in signing a long-term contract if he gets traded to the Lakers.  After a game between the Lakers and Pelicans, Davis and LeBron went out for dinner and LeBron has spoken about wanting to play with Davis.  There is no way LeBron let’s a chance to enhance the recruitment of Davis slip away.

Team Giannis: Karl-Anthony Towns

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Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) reacts after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Miami. The Timberwolves won 113-104. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

A 7-foot threat in the paint, Towns stands as a viable pick for both sides of the ball where his 20+ points per game average is backed by a 12.2 rebound average as crashes both the offensive and defensive glass, which are viable to any team needing a big man and wanting those second chance points.

Team LeBron: Ben Simmons

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Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons, center, passes the ball as he cuts between Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee, left, and guard Will Barton during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 126-110. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

LeBron and Simmons have been extremely close since Simmons entered the league and last year LeBron even called Simmons the “Young King” on an Instagram post.  With the similar play styles, LeBron should pick Simmons as a fun way to continue mentoring Simmons.

Team Giannis: Damian Lillard

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nerlens Noel, left, during an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Standing in the top ten of players with the highest points per game this season, Lillard brings a lot of offensive skills to the All-Star game.  With a 45% field goal average and 26.2 point per game, it’s Lillard’s 6.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game that make him stand out as a reliable pick up on the squad.

Team LeBron: Dwyane Wade

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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, shakes hands with Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James at the end of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Basketball brothers for life, LeBron and Wade.  They were drafted in the same year, competed against each other, and won two championships together.  With this being Wade’s last All-Star Game and the last chance for the two to play alongside each other, LeBron will almost for sure pick Wade for one last dance.

Team Giannis: Klay Thompson

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Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson scores on a breakaway dunk against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

With the chemistry with fellow splash brother Steph Curry, Klay would be a lethal asset to the squad where Curry and himself will both serve as dual threats from behind the arc and bring their big stage experience from The Finals to the squad.  Klay also brings a 46.5% field goal percentage and 20+ points per game to his arsenal in the All-Star square off.

Team LeBron: Russell Westbrook

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook celebrates after a basket during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Westbrook is perhaps the most explosive player in basketball right now and fills up the stat sheet on a nightly basis.  With Kyrie starting at point guard, this pick allows Westbrook to run the point for the second unit.

Team Giannis: Nikola Vučević

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Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic (9) makes a move to get past Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Posting up at 7’0″, Nikola serves as a great selection on either team towards the middle part of the draft. While his scoring may not be electric, he still holds a 20+ points per game and his 12 rebounds per game average make him a threat on the boards and around the rim.

Team LeBron: Bradley Beal

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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts to a score by a teammate during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Washington. The Wizards won 107-89. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

You can never have too much shooting and we all know LeBron loves to kick out to spot-up shooters as defenses collapse towards him.  With Klay Thompson already off the board, Beal is the next best option to add that premier perimeter shooting threat.

Team Giannis: Blake Griffin

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Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin brings the ball up court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Serving as just a complete, all around option stats wise, Blake gets ready to suit up for his sixth all star game while also bringing his 26.1 points per game and 8 rebounds per game to the matchup.

Team LeBron: Nikola Jokić

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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

There are not many players like Jokić.  A 7-footer who can play down low but also pass like a point guard.  Jokić gives you another big man to help on defense, as Jokić’s defense has improved this year.  But he won’t be down low in the post the whole time on offense which will create lanes for the finishers like LeBron, Westbrook, and Kyrie.

Team Giannis: Khris Middleton

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Denver. Milwaukee won 121-114. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Being everyday teammates with the all-star team captain definitely builds chemistry within the all-star squad, and as for Middleton’s on the court performance, he obtains a well rounded stat sheet on the season with an average of 17.3 points per game.

Team LeBron: Dirk Nowitzki

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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) watches his 3-point shot miss as the TD Garden fans cheer him during the fourth quarter of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Boston. The Celtics won 114-93. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

LeBron will probably never forget his disappointing performance in the 2011 NBA finals against Dirk Nowitzki’s Mavericks.  But with this possibly being Nowitzki’s last All-Star Game and season, I think LeBron will pay his respects to the future first ballot hall of famer, and draft Nowitzki so he can play alongside him.

Team Giannis: D’Angelo Russell

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Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe, center, defends Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell (1) who drives to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

With an average of 19.6 points per game, it’s Russell’s assists (6.4 assists per game), that made him the replacement for Victor Oladipo after his injury and was removed from the all-star game.

Team LeBron: Kyle Lowry

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Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry in a action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

With already four big men on the roster, Alridge wasn’t an option.  Lowry can pile onto his assist numbers every night and adds depth at the point guard position.

Team Giannis: LaMarcus Aldridge

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San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) drives around New Orleans Pelicans forward Cheick Diallo during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Standing as the last pick in our mock draft, Aldridge just lacks the points per game that other all-stars possess.  However his rebounding and presence in the paint keep him as a viable option among picks in the later rounds.

Tune into TNT at 7:00 p.m. to watch the live draft between LeBron and Giannis.

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