NBA All-Star Game to ditch East vs. West format in 2018

Rachel Hardy
October 4, 2017

The West has beaten the East five of the last six times, and six of the last eight. Under this format, Stephen Curry and LeBron James would have picked their rosters for the 2017 game.

The NBA and NBPA announced on Tuesday that the 2018 All-Star Game in Los Angeles will have its format tweaked.

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.", Paul said.

The announcement means for the first time in NBA All-Star history, there will be no "East vs".

The captains for each team will be the All-Star starters who receive the most fan votes in his conference. West format and moving to a two captains format.

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Additionally, players will be playing for something other than pride (and the opportunity to make awesome dunks) - charity. Each team will select a Los Angeles-area charity for which to compete and raise funds. These captains will pick their teams playground-style from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves.

The process of selecting All-Stars remains the same. 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.

The NBA announced that format of East mix-West mix competition in ALL-Star organization has changed. Voting will be open from Christmas Day until hours before the release of the starters.

Personally, I would have liked the league to go one step further - take the 24 best players, regardless of conference. Each All-Star Game coach will lead the team that includes the captain from the same conference.

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