Instead, two fan-voted captains will select their teams regardless of the players' conference affiliation - though each conference will still have 12 players in the overall pool.
The NBA has announced sweeping changes to the All-Star Game format, doing away with the traditional East vs. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A".
As a much appreciated bonus, each team will play for a charity of thier choice, giving the players an added incentive to win. The game consisted of virtually no defense and provided little reason to tune in beyond uncontested dunks and players flinging up three-pointers. The captains will be the players who receive the most votes during fan voting.
More details about how All-Star captains can draft their teams are expected to be released at a later date.
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 past year.
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The voting process remains the same; 24 players will be voted as all-stars from each conference.
In recent years, the All-Star Game has lost its appeal to a lot of fans. A panel of National Basketball Association coaches would select the 14 reserves.
The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will be held in Los Angeles on February 18th.
Of the 13 players on last year's East roster, including injury replacement Carmelo Anthony, four have changed conferences. The respective player's conference will not matter in their selection.
Back-to-backs per team have been reduced for the third consecutive season to just 14.9 back-to-backs per team this season, and the league has eliminated scenarios in which teams play four games in five days.