Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki added to ASG rosters by Adam Silver
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 02, 2019,
Feb 02, 2019, 0:43
With the 2019 NBA All-Star Game fast approaching, the reserves were officially announced. "There's a lot of guys that get their first chance to be All-Stars, and if they deserve it then they deserve it and they should have those spots".
In a classy move, National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver announced that Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki and Heat guard Dwyane Wade have been named as special team roster additions for the 2019 All-Star game in Charlotte. Thompson, Curry and Durant are the first Warriors trio to each earn All-Star selections in three consecutive seasons since Paul Arizin, Wilt Chamberlain and Tom Gola from 1960-62, while Thompson and Curry are the first Warriors duo ever named to five-straight contests.
The next question is, which All-Star team will Wade play on - Team LeBron or Team Giannis? Those 24 players will be distributed into two teams in a draft February 7, conducted by captains LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee bucks. James and Antetokounmpo will select the 10 All-Star Game starters in the first round, the 14 reserves in the second round and Wade and Nowitzki in the third round.
Wade, a Miami Heat mainstay, has said this will be his final season, calling this year "one last dance". With Oladipo having undergone season-ending surgery, he's likely to be replaced by D'Angelo Russell.
Nowitzki was already going to have a big role in All-Star weekend, after agreeing to be an honorary coach in the Rising Stars game on Friday night and the skills competition as part of All-Star Saturday Night.
In 2011, Nowitzki was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after leading Dallas to the league title by beating James and Wade's Miami Heat in the final. He was also the 2006 NBA Finals MVP and 2008-09 scoring champion.