The NBA is changing the All-Star game format and it’s about time!
The 2018 NBA All-Star game will be held in Los Angeles this year and will showcase a “pick-up” style game the fans will most definitely enjoy. The All-star team selection will still follow the same rules as it has in the past; the starters will be voted in by the fans and players, while the head coaches will vote and select the reserves. The leading vote-getters from each conference will serve as team captains. After that, here is where the change comes into play.
The designated team captains will draft from a pool of starters and reserves selected to this year’s All-star team; similar to what the NFL has down with the Pro-Bowl in recent years.
The big buzz this summer, which may have influenced this change, was the off-season workouts that went viral on social media. Carmelo Anthony’s “Black Ops” runs in New York City, Jamal Crawford’s Pro-Am League in Seattle, and Nike’s Drew League in Los Angeles gave NBA fans a behind-the-scenes look at individual workouts and pickup games featuring some of the NBA’s brightest stars!
As the NBA continues to look for new innovative ways to add more flair and entertainment to their All-star game, it should be interesting to see how this new format plays out.
If you’re a fan of fantasy sports, the NBA adopting this concept is pretty exciting! With the likes of so many great stars, the star power of this event will for once truly make this game feel like a true All-Star game and not a glorified exhibition game with no defense. Each team will playing for their charity of choice, which you hope will provide the NBA’s elite with more motivation to defend. Now if the NBA could only get the right participants in the Dunk Contest, the likes of All-Star weekend would be fully restored.