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When the 2019 NBA All-Star Game tips off, the top two selections of the 2015 Draft will be making a bit of history.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns and Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell are the first 1-2 overall picks in a draft to make at least one career All-Star team since Elton Brand and Steve Francis, the top two picks of the 1999 NBA Draft, achieved the feat back in 2002.
With the way Towns and Russell are playing, this probably won't be the last trip they make to the All-Star Game.
Towns is averaging 23.1 points, 12.0 rebounds and a career-high 1.8 blocks per game for the T-Wolves, who currently find themselves four games out of a playoff spot.
Russell is enjoying a second life in basketball after being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers last offseason. He is posting career highs with 20.3 points and 6.6 assists per game, while shooting 37.2 percent from 3-point range. The Nets currently sit in the No. 6 spot of the Eastern Conference playoff chase and have seemingly won over a fan base that has been New York Knicks' fans their whole lives.
The two players will be on different teams for the All-Star Game, so it could provide them a chance to see who is truly the better of the duo. Towns will be on Team LeBron, and they are favored by 5.5 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, with -250 moneyline odds to win outright and the total set at 310.5.
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