National Basketball Association alters layout for All-Star Game

NBA changes format of All-Star Game, will no longer be East vs. West

This year, instead of forming teams based on conference affiliation, fan vote will appoint two team captains that will then will select players from a pool of 22 All-Stars. The fan vote will count for 50 percent, the player vote will be worth 25 percent and media vote will be worth 25 percent. The player that receives the most votes in each conference will automatically qualify being the team captain.

Had you dreamed of Stephen Curry playing alongside LeBron James?

In no particular order, let's take a look at five potentially awkward situations that could emerge if the National Basketball Association makes the smart move and shows its fans this entire process.

The league's 67th All-Star game will be the first without an East vs. 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 RINGER's Paolo Uggetti asked, "How many players from the West will get picked before a player from the East?".

Along with the new format of teams, another change to All-Star Weekend was announced: the teams will play for charity, selecting a local or national organization to support.

"It's the playground type dynamics when you used to pick your teams growing up and used to play with open gym", Curry said.


The All-Star Game starters and captains are to be announced on January 18.

The biggest problem of the All-Star game in recent years has been the game itself and the total lack of defense.

"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", NBPA President and Houston Rocket Chris Paul said in the press release. It's great to follow how the 24-man rosters are voted on by the fans and the coaches but now there's another element of mixing the East and the West and giving different combinations of guys out there on the floor. Who will be the last player chosen?

These are players who have performed masterfully and yet fail to draw in votes from fans.

There's reason to be optimistic about Kristaps Porzingis and his All-Star game chances heading into the 2017-2018 season.

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