When you think of SEC basketball in the last decade or so, two programs are likely to come to your mind first: Kentucky and Florida. And if the NBA All-Star game is any indication, that’s precisely who you should think of.
On Tuesday night, the NBA announced its full rosters for the 2018 All-Star Game, with six former SEC players making the cut: four from Kentucky and two from Florida. The list of former SEC stars you can expect to see in the game breaks down as follows (starters in bold):
|DeMarcus Cousins||C||New Orleans Pelicans||West||Kentucky|
|Anthony Davis||F/C||New Orleans Pelicans||West||Kentucky|
|Karl-Anthony Towns||C||Minnesota Timberwolves||West||Kentucky|
|John Wall||PG||Washington Wizards||East||Kentucky|
|Bradley Beal||SG||Washington Wizards||East||Florida|
|Al Horford||F/C||Boston Celtics||East||Florida|
The All-Star Game has a new format this year, with the captain from each conference — in this case Stephen Curry and LeBron James, the leading vote-getters in the West and East, respectively — will select their own teams to play with. Though this certainly adds an interesting new wrinkle to what is otherwise a usually non-competitive game, the NBA has chosen not to publicize the order players are selected in.
Regardless, this is a huge honor for all involved, especially Towns and Beal who are going to the game for the first time.
The NBA All-Star Game will be held on Feb. 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.