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New NBA All-Star Game Format Change This Season!

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As of October 3rd, the NBA is yet again officially changing the format of its annual All-Star Game.

Previously, the fans would vote for their favorite players or whoever they wanted to see play in the All-Star Game. After 2016’s Zaza Pachulia debacle, the league decided to cut the fan’s power in half, giving them only 50 percent consideration. The remaining 50 percent was split up evenly amongst current NBA players and the media. They would vote for players from each conference to represent that conference in the All-Star Game, 5 starters and 7 reserves per team.

This year, they’ve decided to change things up again.

How is this year’s All-Star Game going to be different?

The fans still will get 50 percent of the vote and can vote for any player they want. Current NBA players and media will still get 25 percent of the vote each. The top 12 vote recipients from each conference will make up the pool of 24 players. The big difference this year is team selection.

The top fan vote-getter from each conference will now be that team’s captain. As such, the captains will select their teams regardless of which conference they play in. This means the potential for Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard to face off against each other, or perhaps Kyrie Irving and Isiah Thomas.

I like this move. Most of the NBA’s best players are all in the West. The East has won only 1 of the past 7 match-ups. Time to switch it up a bit. This will make the All-Star Game a little bit more interesting and fun to watch. I think the players will have fun with it too, making it more enjoyable for all involved. The only drawback I can think of is that half of the players will still be from the East and half from the West, possibly limiting the amount of talent we could see. But I have no problem with that. It wouldn’t seem fair to fans of the Eastern conference to see 18-20 players come from the West.

I just hope this isn’t a step in the direction of playoff reform.

The idea has been tossed around that instead of having 8 teams from each conference, the top 16 seeds should be taken regardless of conference. This would prevent teams with losing records in the East from making it to the playoffs over some potentially more deserving Western conference squads. To me, this seems a bit dramatic and could require a lot more travel for each team.

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