NBA adds Wade, Nowitzki to All-Star player pool

Ben Simmons right will join Sixers teammate Joel Embiid as an All-Star. More

Team captains LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks will draft the NBA All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference. Silver added Wade and Nowitzki as a 13th player to each active All-Star Game roster, which usually carries 12 players. The actual game will take place on February 17th at 6 p.m. MT and televised on TNT.

It should be said that the door isn't completely shut for Bledsoe to join both Antetokounmpo and Middleton at this year's All-Star game because we've already seen from the unfortunate season-ending injury to Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo that Bledsoe could be selected as an injury replacement, a decision that comes down to National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver.

In 2011, Nowitzki was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after leading Dallas to the league title by beating James and Wade's Miami Heat in the final. They are also close friends off the court, so it makes sense for D-Wade to want to play with one of his bestfriends in his final All-Star game. It will be a two-stage process: First, James and Antetokounmpo will divide up the eight other starters (including Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker).




Adams was the sixth most voted All Star in the Western Conference by fans and was the seventh most popular amongst players votes. Westbrook is averaging 21.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 10.8 assists through 42 games, well on his way to a third consecutive season with a triple-double average.

Wade has been honored several times by the NBA for his dedication to community outreach, most recently receiving the March 2018 NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his support of students and the Parkland, Fla., community after the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Last year, Wade served as a global ambassador for the inaugural Jr.

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