National Basketball Association changes All-Star Game format; captains will pick teams

Posted October 04, 2017

Keeping the voting process the same is good news for fringe All-Star players like Kemba Walker and Gordon Hayward, whose path is made easy by the lack of stars in the East, but another gut punch for the Damian Lillard's and Mike Conley's of the West. Fans, players and media will still vote for the 12 players from the Eastern and Western Conferences that will take part in the event, but player captains will be responsible for compiling each team's roster. Team captains will choose the teams from the pool of selected players, and those teams will be playing for charities on the Sunday night showcase. It's how teams are picked on playgrounds, parks, and gyms across the country, and it will make for some very interesting drama as captains deal with building a team but also their many friendships around the league.

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts with James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during practice for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

For example, if LeBron James is one of the team captains, he can select Stephen Curry or Draymond Green if they are named to the All-Star Game.

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"I'm thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us". Voting will be open from Christmas Day until hours before the release of the starters. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A". Specifics about the draft have not been detailed to this point. A panel of National Basketball Association coaches would select the 14 reserves.

Back-to-backs per team have been reduced for the third consecutive season to just 14.9 back-to-backs per team this season, and the league has eliminated scenarios in which teams play four games in five days.