NBA adds Wade, Nowitzki to All-Star player pool

03 February, 2019, 20:57 | Author: Ginger Lawrence
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Dwayne Wade and Dirk Nowitzki were added to the list of 2019 All-Stars on Friday by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Silver added Wade and Nowitzki as a 13th player to each active All-Star Game roster, which usually carries 12 players.

Nowitzki, the leading scorer in National Basketball Association history among foreign-born players, has suited up this year for a record 21st season with one franchise, the Dallas Mavericks.

The two NBA legends have combined for four championships, 25 All-Star appearances and 20 All-NBA nods throughout their illustrious careers.

Team LeBron James will take on Team Giannis Antetokounmpo with both men selecting from a pool of players voted for by fans, players and media. The participants for the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and the Slam Dunk Contest will be announced Tuesday.

His performances led to a big push in All-Star voting, finishing sixth among the Western Conference frontcourt players in fan votes and seventh in player voting. The draft will be broadcasted on Thursday, Feb. 7, where selected all-stars will be drafted by Team LeBron and Team Giannis.

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In honor of their extraordinary contributions as iconic NBA champions and beloved ambassadors and in recognition of their All-Star careers, Nowitzki and Wade will take the court for the 68 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Spectrum Center. James and Antetokounmpo are the captains after they received the most votes from the West and East, respectively.

When it was posed to him that James has dibs on the "Special Roster Additions", Wade cheekily retorted: "He better pick me, I'm not even gonna play around".

The 25-year-old has had a breakout year averaging 15.4 points and 10 rebounds a game this year for Oklahoma City.

This is D-Wade's farewell season, and being part of the All-Star game for one last time is something that he rightfully deserves.

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