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Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert will play for Team Giannis in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game
Stifle and Spida are sticking together.
Utah Jazz All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell were both selected by team captain Giannis Antetokounmpo in Thursday’s NBA All-Star draft, and will take on a team led by Lakers forward LeBron James later this month in Chicago.
“I gotta go with the Stifle Tower,” Antetokounmpo said when he selected Gobert, the 7-footer from France. “I need somebody to block shots.”
With his last pick, Gobert added Mitchell and his 22.7 points per game to a star-studded roster.
“I’ll go with my guy Donovan Mitchell,” Antetokounmpo said.
Mitchell said earlier this week that he hoped to be paired up with Gobert as the two Jazzmen played in their first All-Star games.
“I’d rather just play with Rudy,” Mitchell said. “I don’t mean to sound corny. I think it would be cool for us to enjoy that moment together.”
Mitchell grew up a fan of James and said it would have been special to be picked by the captain from L.A. But Mitchell added, “There’s no one like Giannis in the league.”
Gobert, meanwhile, had said he didn’t care which All-Star captain picked him. He just wanted to give a message to the one who did.
“The team that wants to win is going to pick me,” Gobert said with a smile. “That’s all I know.”
The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be played Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago. Tipoff is set for 6:20 p.m. MT.
Giannis Antetokounmpo — Milwaukee
Pascal Siakam — Toronto
Kemba Walker — Boston
Trae Young — Atlanta
Joel Embiid — Philadelphia
Rudy Gobert — Utah
Donovan Mitchell — Utah
Bam Adebayo — Miami
Jimmy Butler — Miami
Brandon Ingram — New Orleans
Kyle Lowry — Toronto
Khris Middleton — Milwaukee
LeBron James — L.A. Lakers
Anthony Davis — L.A. Lakers
Luka Doncic — Dallas
James Harden — Houston
Kawhi Leonard – LA Clippers
Nikola Jokic — Denver
Damian Lillard — Portland
Chris Paul — Oklahoma City
Domantas Sabonis — Indiana
Ben Simmons — Philadelphia
Jayson Tatum — Boston
Russell Westbrook — Houston