LeBron James ties Abdul-record Jabbar’s for most NBA All-Star Game starts.

Only days before LeBron James surpasses one of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s NBA records, he equaled another of his Lakers predecessor’s record-setting achievements.

James was named an NBA All-Star for the 19th time Thursday, matching Abdul-Jabbar as the only 19-time All-Stars in the league’s history.

When will LeBron James become NBA’s all-time leading scorer?

A look at LeBron James’ pursuit of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time scoring record.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar points: 38,387

LeBron James points: 38,230

Points from record: 158 points

Projected games until record: 6

Projected record date: Feb. 7 vs. Thunder

His no-doubt selection as a starter and captain follows what has been a superlative individual season for the 38-year-old Lakers forward: 29.9 points per game, 8.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists.

In the Western Conference, James will be joined by starters Zion Williamson of New Orleans, Nikola Jokic of Denver, Luka Doncic of Dallas and Golden State’s Stephen Curry.

In the Eastern Conference, captain Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee is joined by fellow starters Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving of Brooklyn, Jayson Tatum of Boston and Cleveland’s Donovan Mitchell.

Starters were determined by the top three frontcourt and top two guards in each conference as determined by voting. Fan votes accounted for half the total, with one-quarter each also determined by media and player voting. Lakers big man Anthony Davis had received the third-most votes in the West frontcourt as of the league’s last update on vote totals, eight days ago, but Williamson edged Davis. Both have played a limited number of games because of injury, with Davis available for 26 games and Williamson 29.

The leading vote-getter in each conference was named captain. This is the sixth consecutive season James has served as captain and he is 5-0 in the role and the third season Antetokounmpo has been a captain. In a procedural twist introduced this week by the league and players association, the All-Star captains will draft their teams only a half-hour before the game tips off Feb. 19 in Salt Lake City.

Who might James draft? That’s still to be determined. Davis will be available for consideration, as will Clippers wings Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who just like Davis have missed chunks of the season with injury. Each conference’s seven reserves will be revealed Feb. 2. A vote of NBA coaches selects the reserves.

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