NBA announces starters for 2020 All-Star game

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/5185/" data-ylk="slk:Giannis Antetokounmpo">Giannis Antetokounmpo</a> and <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/3704/" data-ylk="slk:LeBron James">LeBron James</a> will serve as captains for the All-Star game next month. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James will serve as captains for the All-Star game next month. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

With All-Star weekend right around the corner, the NBA revealed the starting lineups for its annual All-Star game on Thursday.

It also released the Jordan brand jerseys that both teams will wear.

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Eastern Conference - Team Giannis

Led by team captain and reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Eastern Conference has a pair of fresh faces in its starting lineup.

Both Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young earned their first nods to the All-Star game this year after impressive seasons. Siakam is averaging 23.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game so far in Toronto, while Young has put up 29.2 points and nearly nine assists per contest.

Those three will be joined by Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker, who is making his fourth All-Star appearance, and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, who is back for a third time.

Western Conference - Team LeBron

For the second straight year, LeBron James will serve as a team captain for the Western Conference.

James, who has put up 25.1 points and nearly 11 assists per game with the Los Angeles Lakers so far this year, is back for his 16th All-Star game — which sets an NBA record. He’ll be joined in the starting lineup teammate Anthony Davis, too.

Clippers star Kawhi Leonard will join them in the starting lineup, marking his fourth All-Star game, along with Houston Rockets guard James Harden, who is back for an eighth time.

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic will round out the Western Conference lineup in his first appearance in the game. Doncic, the reigning Rookie of the Year, has nearly averaged a triple-double this season in Dallas, putting up 29.1 points, 9.7 rebounds and nine assists per game. At 20, he will be the youngest starter in an All-Star game since James in 2005.

Reserve members for both teams will be announced on Jan. 30.

All-Star weekend will kick off on Feb. 14 from the United Center in Chicago, starting with the celebrity game and rising stars game on Friday. The skills challenge, 3-point contest and slam dunk contest will take place on Saturday, with the All-Star game itself wrapping up the weekend on Sunday.

Trae Young emotional after announcement

The Hawks star was with his mom and family when he found out he would start, and it’s hard not to feel great for the guy.

Siakam was also all-smiles and joined by family:

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