Hold onto your butts, Phoenix Suns fans. When the 2018 NBA All-Star Game tips off from the Staples Center in Los Angeles next February it’s going to look vastly different than last season’s installment.
And that’s because DEVIN ARMANI BOOKER is going to be on the court. No, I’m just kidding. I mean I’m not kidding but that’s not what the change is. We’re going to be playing pickup ball, basically.
Next year the league’s mid-season showcase of the best and most popular NBA players will not be separated into East and West. Players have represented their respective conference since the game was first played at the Boston Garden in 1951.
For the 2018 All-Star Game fans will be voting for two captains. Those captains will each start for their team, and will also be tasked with filling out his squad’s roster. Captains will chose from a pool of players voted as starters and reserves.
That pool will consist of 24 players, twelve from the Eastern Conference, twelve from the Western conference. The ten starters are determined by a combination of fan vote (50%), current players (25%), and media (25%). Head coaches will choose the 14 bench players. The league is still working out the details regarding how the draft will proceed from there. I think they should just shoot free throws for teams.
Most importantly, both teams will be playing for charity. Both squads will choose a Los-Angeles based charity or national organization.
Captains will be revealed January 18th on TNT and reserves will be announced five days later. Fan voting opens up on Christmas Day.
The 2018 NBA All-Star Game is slated for Sunday, February 18th. Tip is scheduled for 5pm PT.