The 2019 NBA All-Star rosters may have already been announced, but to celebrate two of basketball's all-time greats who are expected to retire at the end of the season, the NBA has added Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade as "special roster additions" to the annual showcase.
The NBA has added future Hall of Famers, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade, as special roster additions to the 2019 NBA All-Star game.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 1, 2019
With the additions of both of these legends, there will now 13 players on each All-Star squad. Two team captains, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, will select from the player pool schoolyard-style.
Hmmm, I wonder who LeBron is going to pick?
NAMED special roster additions ... there will now be 13 players on each of the squads picked by captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 1, 2019
Nowitzki has only played in 20 games off the bench this year for Dallas, averaging 4.4 points on 34.4 percent shooting, but he's a future Hall of Famer and will go down as one of the best power forwards ever, as well as one of the greatest shooters.
Wade has been more involved with the Heat game-to-game, as he's averaged 13.8 points on 42.7 percent shooting in 39 games off the bench. If he has anything left, we might see glimpses of the old "Flash" in this exhibition a couple weeks from now.