Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker and forward Jayson Tatum will be on opposites sides of the floor at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. Walker was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks forward and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to Team Giannis. Tatum was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James to Team LeBron.
In a humorous moment, Antetokounmpo was debating between choosing Walker or Trae Young and was asked by Charles Barkley why he wasn’t selecting James Harden, who was also still on the board and Antetokounmpo laughed and said: “I want someone who is going to pass the ball.” Antetokounmpo then happily chose Walker, who he called “the crossover killer and step-back master”.
Giannis Antetokounmpo explains why he chose Kemba Walker instead of James Harden for his all-star team pic.twitter.com/n6SAs2CTEu— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) February 7, 2020
When James selected Tatum, Antetokounmpo reacted with “He was my next pick!”.
This is the fourth All-Star appearance of Walker’s career, all in the last four seasons. It’s Tatum’s first selection to mid-season exhibition.
The 2020 NBA All-Star game will be played on Sunday, February 16th at 8:00 PM EST and will be broadcast on TNT.
Tatum will also represent the Boston Celtics and defend his title in the 2020 Taco Bell Skills Challenge as part of All-Star Saturday Night.