Second round (Reserves)
Since Team LeBron had the first pick amongst the starters, Team Durant will get the first choice of the reserves.
*Note* LaMelo Ball and Dejounte Murray will be filing in for Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.
Team Durant (10th overall)- James Harden, Guard, Brooklyn Nets
There is a 0% chance Durant selects someone other than Harden. There are already enough chemistry issues in Brooklyn, and Durant will not add to that by not selecting his teammate.
Team LeBron (11th overall)- Luka Doncic, Guard, Dallas Mavericks
Luka is probably seen as the best player amongst the reserves so I think James will gladly add the burgeoning star to his roster.
Team Durant (12th overall)- Devin Booker, Guard, Phoenix Suns
Pretty much all of the best reserves are guards so we will most likely see a run of them to start the reserves round. Booker is a great scorer and fits in well with what Durant is trying to do with his team.
Team LeBron- (13th overall)- Chris Paul, Guard, Phoenix Suns
James and Paul are good friends as most know from their “Banana-boat” days. So this pick seems too obvious.
Team Durant- (14th overall)- Jimmy Butler, Forward, Miami Heat
Butler may be playing some of the best basketball of his career this year. He has led the Heat to the number one seed in the East and he can lock down anybody on defense in the All-Star game.
Team LeBron- (15th overall)- Zach Lavine, Guard, Chicago Bulls
Most thought in Lavine’s early years he was just a dunker. But, he has busted that myth, and his well-rounded game has made him an All-Star two years in a row.
Team Durant- (16th overall)- Karl-Anthony Towns, Center, Minnesota Timberwolves
Towns will join Team Durant who needed some size. Towns and Rudy Gobert are the only two big-men amongst the reserves so Durant takes the one that can shoot.
Team LeBron-(17th overall)- Khris Middleton, Forward, Milwaukee Bucks
LeBron has taken three straight guards so I am sure he will be looking for some size and shooting. Middleton is the best option available that fits both categories.
Team Durant-(18th overall)- LaMelo Ball, Guard, Charlotte Hornets
Ball came into the NBA as one of the most polarizing players in the league. (Not all of his doing) His game has made a seamless transition from overseas to the NBA and this should be the first of many All-Star appearances for the exciting 20-year-old.
Team LeBron-(19th overall)- Darius Garland, Guard, Cleveland Cavaliers
I think James still has feelings toward Cleveland and seeing them send a young player like Garland to his first All-Star game, may remind him of his younger self. With this game being played in Cleveland this is a match made in heaven.
Team Durant-(20th overall)- Donovan Mitchell, Guard, Utah Jazz
With only four players left, this seems like the point in the draft where Mitchell will be selected. He is having another good season and could be a steal at this point for team Durant.
Team LeBron-(21st overall)- Dejounte Murray, Guard, San Antonio Spurs
Murray is a first-time All-Star and is averaging career highs in points (19.6), assists (9.2), rebounds (8.4), and steals (2.1). Those numbers are great and he should make a big impact in the game.
Team Durant-(22nd overall)- Fred VanVleet, Guard, Toronto Raptors
VanVleet has turned himself from a role player when he was first drafted into an All-Star, he is shooting the ball well this year (39% from three) and averaging 21.6 points. Another good shooting guard heads to team Durant.
Team LeBron-(23rd overall)- Rudy Gobert, Center, Utah Jazz
Last year the draft ended with both Mitchell and Gobert being the last two picks and I think we will see Gobert go last again. He leads the league in rebounds with 15.1 but this reasoning by James is hard to argue with,
Due to this, I see Gobert going last in a game that features offensive firepower and shooting. That concludes the All-Star game mock draft and here is how both teams turned out.