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NBA Eliminates East vs West Format For All-Star Game, Captains Will Pick Teams


For the first time ever, the NBA All-Star Game will not be an East vs West matchup. For the 2018 event in Los Angeles, the top two vote getters among the fan selected starters will be named the captains of the game and will pick the rest of the teams without any conference affiliation. It’ll be very interesting to see how this new format works out. Via NBA:

Under the revamped format, two captains will draft the 2018 All-Star teams from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves, making selections without regard for conference affiliation. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

The process for selecting the 24 All-Stars will remain the same, with 12 players from each conference earning spots. The 10 starters – two guards and three frontcourt players per conference – will continue to be chosen by a combination of fans (50 percent of the vote), current players (25 percent) and basketball media (25 percent). The NBA’s head coaches will still select the 14 reserves, voting for two guards, three frontcourt players and two players at any position in their respective conferences. Specific details about the draft will be announced at a later date.

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