CLEVELAND – The NBA announced tonight that Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has  been selected as a starter for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, as well as  one of two team captains under this year’s revamped format. James’ appearance will mark his 14th consecutive NBA All-Star start, the longest such streak in NBA history (Bob Cousy-13). The two-time NBA All-Star Game MVP (2006 and 2008) is also set to become  just the second player in league history to start at least 14 All-Star  Games, joining Kobe Bryant (15). 

Fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the 67th  NBA All-Star Game, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples  Center in Los Angeles. All current NBA players and a panel of basketball media accounted for 25  percent each, with each participant completing one full ballot featuring  two guards and three frontcourt players from both conferences. James  (2,638,294) finished first among all NBA players in fan voting, earning him a spot as a team captain by being the top  vote-getter in the East. James and Golden State’s Stephen Curry  (2,379,494), who finished first in the Western Conference in fan voting,  will choose the team rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves. The All-Star teams will still feature 12  players from each conference, but the captains will select the team  rosters without regard for conference affiliation. Each captain’s first  four selections must come from the pool of eight remaining starters. As the top overall finisher in fan voting, James  will make the first pick.  

Over  his 13 previous All-Star appearances (2005-2017), James has averaged 24.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.3 steals in  29.4 minutes while shooting .518 (129-249) from the floor. Among  all-time leaders in All-Star Game history, he ranks first in points  scored (314), first in field goals made (129), first in three-pointers made (31), fourth in scoring average (24.2), sixth in  assists (76) and tied for 12th  in steals (17). James also has the most 20-point games in All-Star Game history with 10  (next closest is Oscar Robertson, 8). This season, James has appeared in  43 games (all starts) for Cleveland, averaging 27.3 points (third in  NBA) on .557 shooting from the field (eighth in NBA), 8.0 rebounds (25th in NBA), a career-high 8.8 assists (fourth in NBA), 1.72 steals (13th in NBA) and 1.14 blocks (22nd in NBA) in 36.9 minutes. He also has 25 double-doubles (tied-5th in NBA) and seven triple-doubles (2nd  in NBA), while earning the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the  Month award twice (October/November and December) and Eastern Conference  Player of the Week honors on two occasions (Week 7 and Week 9). James  has scored at least 20 points 36 times and 30 points or more 16 times,  including an NBA season-high 57 points on Nov. 3 at Washington. James, who is also the only player in the NBA with at  least 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and a .500 field goal  percentage in 2017-18, enters Cleveland’s game tonight versus Orlando at  41 points away from becoming the youngest player in NBA history to score 30,000 points, as well as the seventh player to  reach that mark. 

Starters  were announced live on TNT tonight during TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader. The All-Star reserves, as selected by  NBA head coaches, will be unveiled on Tuesday, Jan. 23 during TNT NBA  Tip-Off at 7 p.m. ET. The team rosters will be revealed on Thursday,  Jan. 25 in a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off at 7 p.m. ET.  

NBA  All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a  global celebration of the game. The 67th NBA All-Star Game, which will  take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center, will reach fans in more  than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 16th  consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 33rd year of NBA All-Star  coverage.  Staples Center will also host Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars  on Friday, Feb. 16 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 17. The NBA All-Star Practice, NBA All-Star  Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles, Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars  Practice and NBA G League International Challenge presented by Kumho  Tire will take place at Verizon Up Arena at Los Angeles Convention Center.

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