Wade, Nowitzki honored as special additions to All-Star Game

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Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (left) and Heat guard Dwyane Wade were named Friday as special roster additions for the 68th NBA All-Star Game by league commissioner Adam Silver. After captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo have drafted their fellow starters (round one) and reserves (round two), James will have the first selection between Wade, his former Miami Heat teammate with whom he captured two National Basketball Association titles, or Nowitzki, the rival star that beat out James and Wade in the 2011 Finals.

Wade - a 12-time NBA All-Star - and James were teammates on the Heat, winning NBA titles in 2012 and '13 after being stunned by Nowitzki's Mavericks in the 2011 Finals. As for the actual All-Star Game itself, that will be held on February 17 at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised by TNT as well.

Silver paid tribute to both Wade and Nowitzki's contributions to the game.

Nowitzki was named the NBA FInals MVP that year.

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For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today. Because LeBron had the most votes, he will make the first pick in the first and third rounds and Giannis will have the first pick in the second round.

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.

The New Zealand centre has been putting up career-best numbers this season in several categories, averaging career highs in points per game (15.4), rebounds per game (10.0), assists per game (1.8) and steals per game (1.5). The participants for the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and the Slam Dunk Contest will be announced Tuesday.

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