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NBA Revamps All-Star Game Format, Captains Choose Teams

04 October 2017

Per USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt, the new changes adopted to the All-Star format are a "player-driven answer" to the recent problems where the game was treated as a backyard exhibition. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference. Although the captains are divided by conference, they are not forced to pick players from the same conference as themselves. 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. Meanwhile, a number of less deserving players from the East will be headed to L.A. for the All-Star Game. The 10 starters will still be chosen by a combo of fans (50%), current players (25%) and basketball media (25%) votes.

"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", said Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, the NBPA's president.

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Now while the actual game format will be different, the voting process will remain unchanged.

Paul, a nine-time All-Star, watched last year's game from home, and the day after the game, he reached out to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expressing need for a change to the game.

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Of the 13 players on last year's East roster, including injury replacement Carmelo Anthony, four have changed conferences.

Depending on how the captains decide to select their teams, the two star players may never have to be teammates in an NBA All-Star Game again.

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Personally, I would have liked the league to go one step further - take the 24 best players, regardless of conference.

NBA Revamps All-Star Game Format, Captains Choose Teams