Nikola Jokic set to be selected for first All-Star game

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On Friday, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was named to the NBA All-Star Game by NBA commissioner Adam Silver as a special roster addition.

Nowitzki, along with Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, will be selected in a special third round of the 2019 NBA All-Star Draft, which will add a thirteenth member to each team's roster.

Silver paid tribute to both Wade and Nowitzki's contributions to the game. The captains will first choose from the pool of eight starters before selecting from this pool of 14 All-Star reserves.

Nowitzki, the leading scorer in National Basketball Association history among all foreign-born players, has suited up this year for a record 21st season with one franchise, the Dallas Mavericks. James will have the first pick between Nowitzki and his former teammate Wade.

Wade, 37, has already announced this season will be his last ride before he retires, and while Dirk has yet to make such a statement, it's widely expected this will be the 40-year-olds final season as well. Jokic is no stranger to all-star weekend though, as he has previously competed in the Rising Stars Game twice and the NBA Skills Challenge once.

Wade has made it clear throughout the process he did not want to take an All-Star spot from a player who deserved it just because it's the final season of his Hall of Fame career, and he didn't.

Nowitzki has career averages of 21.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists a game for the Mavericks and ranks as the team's all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots. He is a three-time champion and one-time Finals MVP. He has appeared in 277 career games (236 starts) over four seasons with Denver, averaging 15.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.10 steals per game.

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