NBA commissioner has announced that long time All Stars Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade have been added to the 2019 All Star Game as "special team roster additions."

According to, Nowitzki and Wade will be selected in a new third round of the 2019 NBA All-Star Draft, adding a 13th player to each active All-Star Game roster.

“Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade embody the best of the NBA: remarkable skill, drive and professionalism as well as a deep devotion to strengthening their communities and growing the game around the world,” said Silver, per  “As a global celebration of basketball, our All-Star Game is an ideal setting to salute these first-class NBA champions and Finals MVPs.”

The upcoming game will mark Dirk's 14th All Star appearance and Wade's 13th. 

Team captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will select the 10 All-Star Game starters in the first round, the 14 reserves in the second round and Nowitzki and Wade in the third round. 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. 

The NBA All Star Draft will air on TNT on Thursday, February 7. The 2019 All Star Game, taking place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, will air on TNT on Sunday, February 16 at 8pm ET.