Admit it: the NBA All-Star Game has become a bore, even needing "pseudo-drama" plays like Russell Westbrook's alley-oop to Kevin Durant last year to stay relevant. Good thing the Association is doing something to make the 2017 festivities more interesting.
Earlier today, the NBA announced that it has dropped the traditionally dull Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference tussle in the All-Star games to accommodate a new format.
The process of selecting the 10 All-Star starters will largely remain the same via fan, media, and player voting. Meanwhile, the 14 reserves will be selected by the coaches.
Both East and West Conferences will still be equally represented with 12 players each to complete the 24-player All-Star roster.
From here, the player who earns the most fan votes from each Conference will be assigned as the captain of an All-Star team.
The new change will come in the form of a draft type format, where the captains will create their team from the pool of players composed of 8 All-Star starters and 14 reserves.
It will be quite interesting to see how the 2018 All-Star game will turn out with this new setup assuming that James and Durant, who went against each other in the Finals, will represent their respective conferences.
The 24 All-Stars will be revealed in January while the game itself will be played at the Staples Center on February 18.
The draft format is the NBA’s response to player and fan feedback about the All-Star games becoming boring. Here’s a lookback at how the previous All-Star game went: