National Basketball Association changes All-Star Game format; Captains will select mixed-conference teams

National Basketball Association changes All-Star Game format; Captains will select mixed-conference teams

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced the new format on Tuesday, and the Los Angeles contest on February 18 will be the first NBA All-Star Game that is not East vs.

In the new format, two captains will be selected - the top vote-getter from each conference - and those captains will select the two teams of 12 players, regardless of conference. The starters will be determined by 50 percent fan vote, 25 percent basketball media and 25 percent NBA head coach vote.

Following similar, ultimately unsuccessful experiments in the National Hockey League and National Football League, the National Basketball Association has chose to give it a go and use the player captain format for their annual All-Star Game. Those were LeBron James in the East and Stephen Curry in the West last season. Starters will be "picked first, so the 10 players voted in as starters will remain that way".

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The obvious move was to get rid of the East vs.

Houston Rockets fans will see some differences in the format for the NBA All-Star game that is set to take Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Kevin Love danced around the question when asked who LeBron James would pick in the All-Star Game if both Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving were available: "Ooh". Last year's NBA All-Star game did not attract as much buzz because of its non-existent defense and emphasis for top players to log limited minutes for rest purposes.

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On Oct. 3, the National Basketball Association announced that it is switching up the format for its All-Star game.

The other major change to the game this year is that it will be played for charity.

Previous editions had consisted of virtually no defence and provided fans with little reason to tune in beyond uncontested dunks and players flinging up three-pointers.

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It may be fun to choose which players will form their teams, but the captain will also have a big responsibility on his shoulders, as he could also be blamed if his squad fails, and if there's not enough players for specific positions. Who will they choose and who will they snub? Western Conference at the 2018 All-Star Game in Los Angeles. According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, five players from the East and West will be chosen as the starters based on fans, players, and media voting.

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