Inside the 2020 NBA All Star Rosters

The 2020 NBA All Star game takes place on Sunday February 16 in Chicago.

Among the 25 players selected, here is the breakdown.

How Each Player Was Acquired

11 drafted by current team – Giannis, Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam, Bam Adebayo, Rudy Gobert, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Nikola Jokic, Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker

3 signed as free agent – Lebron James, Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker

11 acquired via trade – Anthony Davis, James Harden, Brandon Ingram, Chris Paul, Damantas Sabonis, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton, Russell Westbrook, Luka Doncic, Trae Young

Here is the breakdown from 2019 and 2018

Draft Summary

3 first overall picks – Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons

11 top 5 picks – 11 Lebron, Davis, Simmons, James Harden, Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, Trae Young, Brandon Ingram, Chris Paul, Jason Tatum, Russell Westbrook

17 lottery Picks – the 11 above plus Domantas Sabonis, Donovan Mitchell, Damian Lillard, Bam Adebayo, Kemba Walker, Devin Booker

2 players pick #15 – Kawhi Leonard, Giannis

2 players picked #27 – Pascal Siakam, Rudy Gobert

23 first round picks – 21 players listed already plus Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry

2 second round picks – Khris Middleton and Nikola Jokic

Number of players by draft class

  • 2018 – 2 (Doncic, Young)
  • 2017 – 3 (Tatum, Mitchell, Adebayo)
  • 2016 – 4 (Simmons, Ingram, Sabonis, Siakam)
  • 2015 – 1 (Booker)
  • 2014 – 2 (Embiid, Jokic)
  • 2013 – 2 (Giannis, Gobert)
  • 2012 – 3 (Davis, Lillard, Middleton)
  • 2011 – 3 (Kawhi, Kemba, Butler)
  • 2010 – 0
  • 2009 – 1 (Harden)
  • 2008 – 1 (Westbrook
  • 2007 – 0
  • 2006 – 1 (Lowry)
  • 2005 – 1 (Paul)
  • 2004 – 0
  • 2003 – 1 (Lebron)

Acquired Via Trade

Of the 11 All Stars acquired by their current teams via trade, 6 of them were involved in trades for each other. Two trades came this past summer and one came during the 2018 Draft.

Trae Young for Luka Doncic

The two losers in this trade are the Suns, who too Deandre Ayton first overall and the Kings who took Marvin Bagley. That freed the path for this trade to happen. The Hawks took Doncic third overall and the Mavs took Young fifth, with a pre-arranged deal to swap them. The Hawks also got an extra first round pick out of the deal, which they used to select Cameron Reddish at #10 in 2019 Draft.

Anthony Davis for Brandon Ingram

In addition to Ingram, the Pelicans received Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and half a dozen future draft picks for Anthony Davis. Clearly, this worked for everyone as the Lakers got their second superstar to pair with Lebron and the Pelicans got the #2 pick from the 2006 Draft, who is averaging 25 ppg this season. Pelicans also win for getting Ingram over Kuzma in the deal.

Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul

This trade happened late in the 2019 off-season and became possible when the Thunder traded Paul George to the Clippers. It became obvious that dealing Westbrook too, was in his and their best interest. For a while, most people felt Paul was only acquired to trade elsewhere and continue compiling assets. But as it turns out, Paul is having an All Star season and the Thunder are in the thick of the playoff race.

The rest

The rest of the guys acquired via trade..

  • James Harden – from OKC for Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb plus picks in 2012
  • Domantas Sabonis – from OKC, along with Victor Oladipo for Paul George in 2017
  • Jimmy Butler – from Philadelphia in a sign-and-trade to the Heat for Josh Richardson in 2019
  • Kyle Lowry – from Houston for a draft pick in 2012
  • Khris Middleton – from Detroit for Brandon Jennings in 2013

College Connections

Breakdown by college conference

  • 4 ACC – Ingram (Duke), Tatum (Duke), Paul (Wake Forest), Mitchell (Lousiville)
  • 4 SEC – Davis (Kentucky), Adebayo (Kentucky), Booker (Kentucky), Simmons (LSU)
  • 3 Big 12 – Embiid (Kansas), Trae (Oklahoma), Middleton* (Texas A&M)
  • 2 PAC-12 – Harden (Arizona State), Westbrook (UCLA)
  • 2 Big East – Kemba (UConn), Lowry (Villanova)
  • 1 MWC – Kawhi (San Diego State)
  • 1 WAC – Siakam (New Mexico State)
  • 1 WCC – Sabonis (Gonzaga)
  • 1 Big Sky – Lillard (Weber State)
  • 1 C-USA – Jimmy Butler** (Marquette)
  • No college experience – Lebron, Doncic, Jokic, Giannis, Gobert

*Khris Middleton went to Texas A&M, who was in the Big 12 at the time he played there
**Jimmy Butler went to Marquette, who was in Conference USA at the time he played there

Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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