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NBA All-Star draft: Team LeBron takes AD first overall; Giannis selects Joel Embiid at No. 2

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Lebron James divvied up the remaining 22 All-Stars taking part in next weekend's NBA All-Star Game on Thursday night.The two leading vote-getters from the Eastern and Western Conferences went back and forth in selecting which players would be on their respective teams. James, who was wearing a black sweatshirt with two hearts on it, a yellow one with Kobe Bryant's numbers, 8 and 24, written in purple inside it, and a white one with Kobe's daughter Gianna's No. 2 written in black went first, and took Los Angeles Lakers teammate Anthony Davis for the second consecutive year. The NBA also announced major changes to this year's All-Star format, turning every quarter into a mini-game for charity before an untimed final quarter with a target score that will decide which team wins. Scores will be reset -- back to 0-0 -- at the start of the second and third quarters, then restored to begin the fourth quarter.

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Sources: Hornets buying out 2012 No. 2 pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Kidd-Gilchrist, 26, was the No. 2 overall pick by the then-Bobcats in the 2012 draft. He has played his entire eight-season NBA career in Charlotte.He is averaging 4.0 points and 2.9 rebounds in 12 games this season. He has career averages of 8.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 433 games.

Sources: Bucks clearing space to sign Marvin Williams
Williams, 33, has played with Charlotte since 2014, and his career includes stops with Utah (2012-14) and Atlanta (2005-12). The 15-year veteran has averaged 25 minutes per game in 49 career playoff appearances, last reaching the postseason with Charlotte in 2016.

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NBA All-Star Game 2020: Draft results, news, rosters, schedules and how to watch
NBA All-Star Weekend is Feb. 14-16 in Chicago, and this is the third consecutive year in which captains participated in a fantasy draft and selected their own teams, compared to the traditional East vs. West format.


Team LeBron James*
1. Anthony Davis*, Lakers
2. Kawhi Leonard*, Clippers
3. Luka Doncic*, Mavericks
4. James Harden*, Rockets
5. Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers
6. Ben Simmons, 76ers
7. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets
8. Jayson Tatum, Celtics
9. Chris Paul, Thunder
10. Russell Westbrook, Rockets
11. Domantas Sabonis, Pacers

* Voted in as starters

Team Giannis Antetokounmpo *
1. Joel Embiid*, 76ers
2. Pascal Siakam*, Raptors
3. Kemba Walker*, Celtics
4. Trae Young*, Hawks
5. Khris Middeton, Bucks
6. Bam Adebayo, Heat
7. Rudy Gobert, Jazz
8. Jimmy Butler, Heat
9. Kyle Lowry, Raptors
10. Brandon Ingram, Pelicans
11. Donovan Mitchell, Jazz

* Voted in as starters
 

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2019-20 NBA Standings - Conference
Conference Leaders
Eastern Conference
No.1: Milwaukee (40-6)
No.2: Miami (31-14)
No.3: Toronto (31-14)
No.4: Boston (30-14)
No.5: Indiana (30-16)
No.6: Philadelphia (29-17)
No.7: Orlando (21-25)
No.8: Brooklyn (18-25)



Western Conference
No.1: Los Angels Lakers (36-9)
No.2: Utah (31-13)
No.3: LA Clippers (32-14)
No.4: Denver (31-14)
No.5: Dallas (28-16)
No.6: Houston (28-16)
No.7: Oklahoma City (27-19)
No.8: Memphis (21-24)


2019-20 NBA Standings - Division
Division Leaders

Eastern Conference
Atlantic: Toronto (31-14)
Central: Milwaukee (40-6)
Southeast: Miami (31-14)


Western Conference
Northwest: Utah (31-13)
Pacific: Los Angeles Lakers (36-9)
Southwest: Dallas (28-16)

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2019-20 NBA Standings - Conference
Conference Leaders
Eastern Conference
No.1: Milwaukee (46-8)
No.2: Toronto (40-15)
No.3: Boston (38-16)
No.4: Miami (35-19)
No.5: Philadelphia (34-21)
No.6: Indiana (32-23)
No.7: Brooklyn (25-28)
No.8: Orlando (24-31)


Western Conference
No.1: Los Angels Lakers (41-12)
No.2: Denver (38-17)
No.3: LA Clippers (37-18)
No.4: Utah (36-16)
No.5: Houston (34-20)
No.6: Oklahoma City (33-22)
No.7: Dallas (33-32)
No.8: Memphis (28-26)



2019-20 NBA Standings - Division
Division Leaders

Eastern Conference
Atlantic: Toronto (40-15)
Central: Milwaukee (46-8)
Southeast: Miami (35-19)


Western Conference
Northwest: Denver (38-17)
Pacific: Los Angeles Lakers (41-12)
Southwest: Houston (34-20)
 

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NBA All-Star Game MVP award named in honor of Kobe Bryant
"We were thinking about what the best way is, one of the ways to honor Kobe," Silver said at the United Center before the league's Saturday night festivities got underway. "It happened to be that his loss came shortly before we were moving into All-Star festivities. I think one of the things that stands out with Kobe, of course in addition to his five championships, is that he has [made 18 All-Star teams] and tied for the record of four MVPs.
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All-Star Game remembers Kobe Bryant with tributes from Magic, Jennifer Hudson, Common

The tributes to the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna began well before Sunday night's All-Star Game at the United Center. Before the players were announced and the game tipped off, the lights went down, and Hall of Famer Magic Johnson took center stage to make a speech honoring the Lakers legend. "We'll never see another basketball player quite like Kobe," said Johnson, who also paid tribute to David Stern, the late NBA commissioner emeritus. "Scoring 81 points in one game. Scoring 60 points in his last game. And then winning five NBA championships. Johnson led the crowd -- which chanted "Kobe! Kobe!'' -- in an eight-second moment of silence in a nod to the number Bryant wore the first half of his career. Chicagoan Jennifer Hudson, wearing a dress in the Lakers' deep purple team color, performed "For All We Know (We May Never Meet Again)" as images of Bryant flashed on a screen behind the stage.

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NBA Stat Leaders - Players

Points...James Harding, Houston - 35.3 ppg
Rebounds:.. Andre Drummond, Detriot - 15.3 rpg
Assist:.. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers - 10.6 apg
Blocks:...Hassan Whiteside, Portland - 3.06 bpg
Steals:...Ben Simmons, Philadelphia - 2.13 spg

NBA Stat Leaders - Team

Points ...Milwaukee - 119.8 ppg
Points Allowed:...Toronto - 106.1 papg
Rebounds:...Milwaukee - 51.8 rpg
Blocks ...Los Angeles Lakers - 7.0 bpg

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