NBA All-Star draft: James Harden picked last, Kevin Durant bypasses former teammate

The NBA is known for many things, its talent on the court primary among them.

But if you’re not paying attention to the drama and petty, you definitely do not understand the assignment.

On Thursday, following the NBA trade deadline, in which the Philadelphia 76ers traded Ben Simmons to the Brooklyn Nets for James Harden, All-Star captains LeBron James and Kevin Durant picked their teams.

It turned savage at the expense of Harden on the "NBA on TNT" broadcast.

A former MVP, nine-time All-Star and seven-time All-NBA performer, Harden was picked last — like the kid on the playground who has never picked up a basketball before — and bypassed by Durant, his former Nets teammate.

The last two players available were Rudy Gobert and Harden. It was Durant’s pick.

"I’m going to need some size on the interior especially with Giannis (Antetokounmpo) and LeBron James playing such great basketball this year. I need somebody to offset that, so I’m going with Rudy Gobert," Durant said with a straight face as James put a clipboard over his face to hide his laughter.

The TNT crew continued to have fun with it as James doubled over in laughter.

When James asked if Harden, who has missed three games with a sore hamstring, was healthy, Charles Barkley responded, "He got traded. He’s healthy now. ... He’s rubbing some Icy Hot on that thing (hamstring). He’s playing the next game"

By then, even Durant had to chuckle.

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Full rosters for the Feb. 20 NBA All-Star Game:

Team LeBron

Starters

Reserves

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Reserves

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NBA All-Star: James Harden picked last, Kevin Durant snubs ex-teammate