2018’s NBA All-Star Game will be much different, as the league and the National Basketball Players Association announced a new format for the upcoming game in Los Angeles.
This season, two captains will select the teams, regardless of which conferences the players play in, the NBA announced Tuesday (Oct. 3).
According to a press release, two captains will draft the 2018 All-Star teams from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves. And, those captains will be one of the starters from each conference who receive the most fan votes.
For example, LeBron James led fan voting in the Eastern Conference last season, while Stephen Curry had the most in the West. So, they would have been the team captains if the new format was implemented last year.
There will still be 12 players selected from each conference for the game, which takes place in Los Angeles on Feb. 18. Five players from each conference will be selected as starters, with the fan vote being worth 50 percent, player vote worth 25 percent and media vote worth 25 percent. Seven reserves for each team will be picked by each conference’s head coaches.
All-Star voting will begin on Christmas Day.
Furthermore, the 2018 All-Star teams will play for charity. Each team will select a Los Angeles-area charity or national organization where donations will be used to support local efforts.
TNT will reveal the All-Star Game starters and captains on January 18, with reserves to be revealed on January 23