NBA All-Star Game does away with conferences

Jonathan Hernandez
October 4, 2017

That's a possibility under the new NBA All-Star Game format.

Based on the wins above replacement player (WARP) accumulated by the 12 players originally selected to the roster (before injury replacements), the West has surpassed the East 16 times in the last 18 seasons, with 2009 and 2011 as the two exceptions. It's how teams are picked on playgrounds, parks, and gyms across the country, and it will make for some very interesting drama as captains deal with building a team but also their many friendships around the league.

TNT will reveal the All-Star Game starters and captains on January 18th and the reserves on January 23rd.

Last season, Stephen Curry and LeBron James were the top vote-getters in each conference.

From there, though, the process of selecting who will play on each team will be done by the top vote-getter in each conference, mimicking what the National Hockey League instituted from 2011-2015 and changing up a format that had grown stale.

But the National Basketball Association airballed an opportunity to also ensure the best 24 players will be on the court at this season's All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Voting will be open from Christmas Day until hours before the release of the starters.

The voting process remains the same; 24 players will be voted as all-stars from each conference. Voters will select the five starters - two guards, three frontcourt players - for each conference. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A".

The NBA All-Star game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at 8 p.m. EST. The respective player's conference will not matter in their selection.

I'm interested. There will be a lot of discussion of who should pick whom due to playing style and fit, plus you know we're all going to read free agent moves into who players pick as teammates (even though we all know we shouldn't).

Will players go harder in the game now?

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