Ben Simmons snubbed as NBA All-Star starter

He was also a captain last year in the first usage of this captain's-choice format - and just like last year, James will have the No. 1 pick when he and Antetokounmpo get together on February 7 to choose their 12-man teams.

James, the leading vote-getter among all National Basketball Association players, will be joined by Kevin Durant, Paul George, Stephen Curry and James Harden as the five players voted in as starters for the All-Star game from the Western Conference. Unsurprisingly, the two All-Star captains this year are the same that led the fan voting from the beginning, as LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo were the top vote-getters in their respective conferences.

Joining Irving and Walker as the East's starters are Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard and Joel Embiid.

The West starters are LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant and Paul George.

The starters were chosen by a vote that included ballots from mainly fans, but also players and the media.

The reigning NBA MVP James Harden was voted in as a starter for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. From there, James and Antetokounmpo will choose the rest of their 12-man rosters, with conference affiliations irrelevant.

Curry has extended his team record for consecutive All-Star Game starting honors to six.

There's still a chance Rose can make the team if coaches vote for him as a reserve.

Earlier this month, Twitter user Josman Suri leaked photos of what appeared to be the 2019 NBA All-Star Game jerseys before the league publicly unveiled them.

Whether a 13th All-Star Game berth will be part of Dwyane Wade's 16th and final National Basketball Association season is now in the hands of Eastern Conference coaches. George received 3.1 million fan votes to secure one of the five starting positions available to Western Conference players. That allows for a maximum of four guards from each conference to be voted in as reserves.

Reserves will be announced January 31, based on the selections made by National Basketball Association coaches.