New era in NBA All-Star: East-West separation

Taylor Byrd
October 4, 2017

Previous year in New Orleans, the West beat the East 192-182 in a game that set an All-Star record for points. So, that's what we've done, inserting Kevin Durant (picked by Jamie) and LeBron James (picked by Robby) as team captains, and alternating picks until we'd run through the entire 2017 All-Star squads to shuffle them around.

The All Star Game is being played at The Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 18th, 2018 - it will air on TNT for the 16th straight year.

Players and league officials have been eager to inject new interest in the often defense-absent game, and they chose to act after another tiresome affair last February in New Orleans. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A".

You heard it right: the 2018 NBA All-Star Game won't be East against West. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

In the new format, the two leading fan-vote-getters from each conference will be named captains.

The second change, and arguably the most-notable, is the inclusion of a national or Los Angeles-based charity where each team can direct donations from the game. Voting will be open from Christmas Day until hours before the release of the starters.

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

Under the changes, which were hammered out by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), a captain from each conference will pick the sides from a pool of starters and reserves. Additionally, the coaches will select seven reserves for their respective teams. Specifics about the draft have not been detailed to this point.

No doubt, this new format gives fans a reason to care about an otherwise meaningless game. Twelve players from each conference still all earn a spot.

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