New NBA All-Star Game format provides intrigue

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LeBron James and Stephen Curry are the leading All-Star vote-getters in their respective conferences and will serve as captains for the game.

The 2018 NBA All-Star game will be staged at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 18.

Both James and Curry will make their first four picks from the pool of starters, but they don't have to stick to conference affiliation in choosing their rosters.

The other thing - and this is most important - is no one will have any way of knowing whether or not Antetokounmpo was picked last because the National Basketball Association is not televising the All-Star Draft. The starters are chosen by using 50% of the fan vote, 25%of the media vote and 25% of the players vote. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

The other starters from the Eastern Conference will be Toronto's DeMar DeRozan and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid, the only first-time All-Star among the starters. "Honored to be an All-Star", Curry tweeted shortly after the starters were named.

Warriors pair Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, Pelicans twins towers Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins and Houston guard James Harden will start for the Western Conference. Unlike in past years, this year's All-Star Game won't be a straight-up East vs.

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From there, the rest of the two rosters will be filled out by the 14 reserves yet to be named, seven each from the East and West.

The process for selecting the 24 All-Stars will remain the same as a year ago, with 12 players from each conference earning spots in the All-Star Game.

Golden State's Stephen Curry was named captain for the Western Conference.

Davis and Cousins were voted in by the fans, their peers and media members. "So maybe I have to get him on my team so that doesn't happen again".

The fourteen players named as All-Star reserves, to be revealed on January 24 11 a.m. AEDT, will be drafted, regardless of conference. According to BasketballReference, the only other player since 1983 who record more than 10 before turning 25 was Shaquille O'Neal, who had 27.

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

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