And then he went out and scored 46 points. 

By Dan Gartland
January 26, 2018

Thursday’s NBA All-Star draft wasn’t televised because some players thought it would create unnecessary drama, but it sounds like that ended up happening anyway. 

LeBron James and Stephen Curry picked their teams over a private conference call and the NBA announced the results in a tweet. 

Well, well, well. Look who’s at the bottom of LeBron’s list: Russell Westbrook. Can you believe the reigning MVP was the last pick of the draft? Russ can’t.

Not realizing the list was in alphabetical order—like, come on, LeBron is gonna pick LaMarcus Aldridge four spots ahead of Kevin Durant?—Westbrook was asked after Thursday night’s game about landing on Team LeBron. After being egged on by Carmelo Anthony, Westbrook shared his disbelief. 

LeBron couldn’t resist having a little fun at Russ’s expense the next day. 

You get the impression, judging by Westbrook’s interaction with Melo, that Anthony managed to convince him the list wasn’t alphabetical. That’s a great prank, and also apparently a smart motivational tactic. Westbrook dropped 46 points in a close win over the Wizards. 

[via Deadspin]

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