James is the hero on Thursday.
Below are the starters and reserves selected by James and Antetokounmpo, in order.
Anthony Davis, left, and LeBron James share a moment in a Pelicans-Lakers game in December. The picks will invariably fuel speculation heading into the offseason and Davis will still seek a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans, and Irving is on track to become an unrestricted free agent.More news: Red carpet nixed after Liam Neeson reveals racist thoughts
"Tampering rules do not apply on All-Star Weekend", James replied with a chuckle.
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 17. Giannis Antetokounmpo will keep one of his own.
"Isn't that tampering?" Antetokounmpo asked.
Given that James had the first pick of that round, it was a foregone conclusion that he would select Wade, his close friend and former championship-winning Miami teammate.More news: Darren Weir Handed Four Year Ban By Racing Board
"Kevin Durant", Antetokounmpo said.
James managed to make a trade, convincing Antetokounmpo to swap Westbrook for Simmons - and give the Bucks' star the chance to have Westbrook and Embiid together, as he said he wanted. Doing it live was not feasible since James and the Lakers were playing Thursday night in Boston.
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) greets Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) before an National Basketball Association game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.More news: Mickelson hits every fairway for first time in two decades