NBA Announces Changes to All-Star Game: No More East vs. West

Posted October 04, 2017

There will surely be a bunch of narrative with this new All-Star Game and the West is too stacked to do the old format anyways.

The players who win the fan vote from each conference will be the captains. 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. As Zillgitt notes, the game does not have to be played with the competitiveness of a Finals game, but in recent years, the exhibition had become listless, with little defense or energy. West format for its All-Star Game and will have captains pick teams this season.

You can see how the draft went below, and our explanation on why we did what we did (trying our best to get in the minds of the two players as they would be in February 2017), with Team LeBron holding the first pick.

"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 Chris Paul, Rockets guard and players' union president. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in LA".

The process of selecting All-Stars remains the same. A panel of National Basketball Association coaches would select the 14 reserves.

What hasn't changed are the number of players and how the fans, media and players have their votes weighted.

In other changes, the two All-Star teams will each select a Los Angeles-based charity that it will play for.

NBA President of League Operations Byron Spruell welcomed the input of players keen to "try something new".

The NBA is changing the format of its All-Star game, the league announced.

Meanwhile, the East has added just one 2017 West All-Star: Gordon Hayward, who signed with the Boston Celtics.

This new All-Star game format is interesting.