New NBA All-Star Game format provides intrigue

New NBA All-Star Game format provides intrigue

LeBron James and Steph Curry will square off in Los Angeles at the 2018 NBA All-Star game as captains of their respective squads.

Then, if they do make the team, they'll have to wait until next Thursday to see if they are playing for Captain LeBron James or Captain Stephen Curry. So like the National Hockey League, the NBA will divvy up teams playground-style with the top two vote-getters in each conference acting as the captains.

Joining James as Eastern players named starters are Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving. Antetokounmpo came in second among East players, trailing James by over 108,000 votes.

As part of a new format to add spice to the NBA All-Star game, Curry and James will choose from the pool of players regardless of conference affiliation. Charles Barkley, Shaq, and Kenny Smith also stated they felt LeBron as Captain should pick Durant as his first pick.

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"I'm pretty sure he'd be a pretty solid pick if you have the first pick", Curry said.

According to Barkley, NBA players didn't vote for James because he's a "drama queen".

Golden State Warriors star Curry led the balloting in the Western Conference with 2,379,494 fan votes.

The fourteen players named as All-Star reserves, to be revealed on January 24 11 a.m. AEDT, will be drafted, regardless of conference.

"Captain huh? Really Appreciate all the votes from the fans, media and players!".

The All-Star teams will also play for local charities with all donations from the event forwarded to local efforts, per the league's release.

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