NBA Revamps All-Star Game Format, Captains Choose Teams

Stephen Currie

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

The league on Tuesday announced a number of changes to the format of the game and confirmed there will be no Eastern Conference v Western Conference clash next year. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A.", Paul said. The game consisted of virtually no defense and provided little reason to tune in beyond uncontested dunks and players flinging up three-pointers.

The captains format will certainly have the potential to add some drama, as teammates can now end up on different teams in the All Star-Game and player rivalries could come into play when the rosters are chosen.

The NBA All-Star Game will no longer feature players from each conference facing off. The captains will be the players who receive the most votes during fan voting. In addition to Anthony, Jimmy Butler and Paul George were also traded from East to West for younger players, while Paul Millsap signed with the Denver Nuggets as a free agent.

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The process for selecting the 24 All-Stars will remain the same, with 12 players from each conference earning spots. The voters will still keep the same privileges as well, with fans making up 50% of voting for the starters, and current players (25%) and media (25%) making up the rest. Coaches still select the 14 other reserves who play on the team after the starters are selected.

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

That is just one of the many changes aimed at improving the 2017-18 season.

The trade deadline is February 8 - before the All-Star game instead of after so teams don't have to worry about disruptions to the roster following the All-Star break. Both teams shot 56 percent in the game.

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