In place of the traditional format, the highest vote-getter from each conference will serve as team captain with player selecting power.
Keeping the voting process the same is good news for fringe All-Star players like Kemba Walker and Gordon Hayward, whose path is made easy by the lack of stars in the East, but another gut punch for the Damian Lillard's and Mike Conley's of the West. This was a move fans had been asking for with the Western Conference being the more dominant of the two over the last decade-plus, but it was totally unanticipated. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in LA".
TNT will reveal the All-Star Game starters and captains on January 18th and the reserves on January 23rd. Fans can cast their votes from Christmas Day, before the All-Star Game starters and captains are revealed on January 18 and reserves on January 23.
The NBA has announced new rules to the All-Star Game, getting rid of the East vs.
This season's All-Star game will be February 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
There will still be 24 players, overall, selected for the All-Star team with the fans, players, and media all voting for the 10 All-Star starters same as previous year. 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. Voters will select the five starters - two guards, three frontcourt players - for each conference.
NBA President of League Operations Byron Spruell welcomed the input of players keen to "try something new".
Specific details about the All-Star player draft will be determined later.
That is just one of the many changes aimed at improving the 2017-18 season.
Will players go harder in the game now?