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LeBron Takes Lillard As His First All-Star Reserve

The Blazers point guard was taken by LeBron James in his first reserve selection after Kevin Durant took teammate James Harden.

2019 NBA All-Star Game Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

The NBA All-Star draft has been run and done with the Portland Trail Blazers’ own Damian Lillard taken as the second selection from the list of reserve players. LeBron James took Lillard with the 11th pick — his first selection off the bench — after opposing team captain Kevin Durant chose his Brooklyn Nets teammate James Harden with the 10th pick.

Lillard controversially missed out on a starting role for Sunday’s game in Atlanta after winning more player and media votes but losing the fan vote to Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic. This will be the Portland guard’s sixth All Star appearance, attending the exhibtiion weekend in 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Lillard is putting up averages of 29.4 points (a league fourth-best) on 37 percent three-point shooting, as well as 8.8 assists (a league eighth-best) and four rebounds.

Fellow Blazers Anfernee Simons and Robert Covington will also feature during All Star weekend, appearing in the NBA Slam Dunk contest and Skills Challenge respectively.