San Antonio Spurs: A look at the new All-Star Game format

Posted October 05, 2017

Under the revamped format, two captains will draft the 2018 All-Star teams from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves, regardless of conference affiliation.

Players who receive the most votes in their respective conferences will be selected as the team captains.

National Basketball Association president of league operations Byron Spruell added: "We're excited about the new All-Star format and appreciate the players' willingness to try something new". Compare that to the West, where four guards - Stephen Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Klay Thompson - topped the 1 million mark.

What hasn't changed are the number of players and how the fans, media and players have their votes weighted. "It's our biggest event of the year, next to the NBA Finals, and we haven't put on the show that people want" ("NBA Gametime", NBA TV, 10/3).

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You heard it right: the 2018 NBA All-Star Game won't be East against West.

Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony and Paul Millsap - all members of the 2017 Eastern Conference squad - are now in the West, leading to a potential balance problem. Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) and Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics) coached the two All-Star teams during the 2017 edition of the exhibition affair.

The change to the All-Star Game comes after last year's record-setting 192-182 match, which left some fans frustrated. Western Conference format and replacing it with a captains format.

Specific details about the All-Star player draft will be determined later.

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The trade deadline is February 8 - before the All-Star game instead of after so teams don't have to worry about disruptions to the roster following the All-Star break. With such a shift of movement to the Western Conference via free agency over the past few years, it has diminished the value of watching this game.

Richard Jefferson, who plays with Love in Cleveland, didn't seem to care about the changes to the NBA's annual midseason showcase.

In addition, the teams will play for local charities, adding incentive in theory to win the game.

Players will still be voted in the same way, with weighted votes from fans, media, and other players.

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