The NBA Just Made a Major Change to the All-Star Game

Say goodbye to East vs. West at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.

The NBA and NBPA (National Basketball Players Association) have just released a statement announcing a change to the 2018 All-Star Game. Now, captains will draft teams from players voted as starters and reserves, removing the traditional East vs. West matchup for the first time ever.

This idea has been tossed around by fans of the league and personalities close to it for some time now and finally, it has come to fruition. The captains will be the two players who receive the most votes in each conference but after that, conference affiliation is thrown out the door and the captains can choose any player from the pool, regardless of conference.

That means the banana boat crew (LeBron, CP3, Wade, and Melo) can finally team up and assuming LeBron is the top vote-getter in the east, it’s unlikely that he’d vote for former teammate Kyrie Irving who would have been on LeBron’s east squad in the old format.

Player politics could factor in to who the captains will end up drafting but we want to know what you think. Do you like the change? Should the NBA keep tradition and stick to East vs. West? Sound off in the comments section below.

 

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18 Comments

  1. A nice change of pace, the NBA following the NHL(I believe they started doing this 5-6 years ago). I like it, the All-Star Game has been boring, and forced for years now, trying to pander to commerce, forgetting about fans, and it just got a LOT worse by abandoning the Center-selection, the lack of positional-players just hurts the improvised/pick-up style of the game.

  2. Great change, but the only way the Banana Boat Crew can get together is if Wade announces a retirement so he gets farewell votes.

  3. Not sure how I feel about this really?…..Guess im bout to find out tho? Im Old Skool tho, Not a fan of “change” but…..they should do like MLB (East v West) and whoever wins gets home court adv in Finals , that might make it more interesting?
    Anywaz, just looking 4ward to the NBA season!!..and those Jordan XXX2 baby!!! lol

  4. This was probably in the works for a while due to questionable snubs, but I’d think the motivation also from how lopsided the league has become on the West, and that just got even worse this year.

    You can’t fit Curry, Klay, Melo, Lonzo, Westbrook, George, Griffin, Cousins, KAT, Davis, Dray, Kawhi, Lillard, Dirk, Jokic, Butler, etc on one team.

    1. How can you put Lonzo in the same category of actual certified all stars when the guy can’t even get his team preseason wins.

  5. they probably changed the format due to the fully stacked western conference. worth to try and see how it pans out

  6. It doesn’t change anything. It’s still gonna be 12 guys from each conference, so it doesn’t matter how stacked the West is. There are still gonna be snubs since the voting stays the same. Now the game will be worse. You can have teammates on opposite All-Star teams, and they won’t even dare to play defense on one another. What the game needs is some incentive for the players to put in some effort and play with the intent to win. I don’t know who enjoys this type of stuff, but when you see the same effort in the celebrity game that you do in the NBA game, it’s sad.

  7. I think the game will play pretty much the same. Switching the teams around won’t change that. You can’t really do much to improve an allstar game; its basically a pickup game with no meaning. Any problem it has stems from that. By nature, its an apathetic event.

    I don’t think doing what the do in baseball will help; too many players who have nothing to do with the finla

    1. Not really. Out of the 24 players, usually at least 20 of them are on playoff-bound teams. Even though we’re gonna get Warriors/Cavs IV, you’d hope that the guys on the other teams have some pride to not lay down and not care that their teams won’t beat either of them.

      1. Fine. But I don’t like the idea that something as important as finals home court, which does play a significant factor in who wins the championship, is gonna be decided by some exhibition game where many of the participants won’t have anything to do with it. If this was a rule, there will be a few allstar games that would be lost because some people didn’t care about rotating on D or tried to showboat too much. The 82 game season is grueling and the best record in basketball should be rewarded with home court throughout the playoffs. I don’t want them to throw away over half a century of a rule that makes sense just to liven up some pickup game.

  8. So will LeBron only pick Nike players ?
    Since it’s also the league sponsor that would make sens… just like most of the USA basketball players. Just saying…

  9. Fine. But I don’t like the idea that something as important as finals home court, which does play a significant factor in who wins the championship, is gonna be decided by some exhibition game where many of the participants won’t have anything to do with it. If this was a rule, there will be a few allstar games that would be lost because some people didn’t care about rotating on D or tried to showboat too much. The 82 game season is grueling and the best record in basketball should be rewarded with home court throughout the playoffs. I don’t want them to throw away over half a century of a rule that makes sense just to liven up some pickup game.

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