The 2018 NBA All-Star Game

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. From there, they will draft teams 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.

A big buzz this summer, which may have influenced this change, was the off-season workouts that went viral on social media; mainly Carmelo Anthony’s “Black Ops” runs in New York, Jamal Crawford’s Pro-Am in Seattle and Nike’s Drew League in Los Angeles which featured 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 who the captains will be and who they draft.

If you’re into 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 an All-Star game and not some glorified exhibition with no defense. Plus, with charitable donations on the line, the NBA’s Elite now have a legitimate reason and motivation to defend. Now if they could only get the right participants in the Dunk Contest, All-Star weekend would become “must see” TV (as if it already wasn’t).