Giannis mulls drafting Curry with 1st All-Star pick

playGiannis will ‘probably’ pick Steph Curry in ASG draft (1:25)Giannis Antetokounmpo says that he will “probably” pick Steph Curry first in the NBA All-Star Game draft because Curry picked him first last year. (1:25)1:29 AM ETMalika AndrewsESPN BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Giannis Antetokounmpo peeled back the curtain on his All-Star Game draft strategy Monday night, beginning with his desire to pick Golden State guard Stephen Curry if the two-time league MVP is still on the board.”I might pick Steph because he picked me first last year, so I have to return the favor,” Antetokounmpo said after putting up 30 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in a rout of the Brooklyn Nets. “After that, I think it is going to be random.”Antetokounmpo, who became one of two All-Star team captains after securing the most votes of any Eastern Conference player, said he plans to sit down and make a list of all the players he intends to select ahead of Friday’s draft. The two-time All-Star will draft second because Los Angeles Lakers Star LeBron James garnered the most overall votes.Snyder: Gobert snub shows ASG process flawedPer ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Rudy Gobert also will miss out on a $1 million bonus for not being selected to the All-Star Game. He will not receive the bonus if selected as a replacement player.First-timers Jokic, Simmons among ASG reservesNikola Jokic of the Nuggets, Ben Simmons of the 76ers, Nikola Vucevic of the Magic and Khris Middleton of the Bucks were chosen for their first All-Star Games.Antetokounmpo said he would place an emphasis on drafting first-time All-Stars and teammate Khris Middleton, the only other Milwaukee Buck to be selected as an All-Star.The team was in Toronto when Middleton found out he had secured a spot in the All-Star Game. At the time, Antetokounmpo joked he would draft his teammate only if Middleton promised to pass him the ball.”I am going to try to make a team that is going to play hard,” Antetokounmpo said. “I think I am going to go with the young players.”Last year, the All-Star draft was kept secret. This year, it will
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