NBA unveils new All-Star Game format

October 3, 2017

The NBA announced Tuesday (Oct 3) a new format for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles that abandons the traditional Eastern Conference versus Western Conference.


Here’s what’s happening under the new format:

  • Two captains will pick the teams from a pool of 24 players (voted by fans, media & players).
  • The captains will be the top vote-getters from each conference as chosen by the fans.

NBPA President Chris Paul said, “I‘m thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us. We’re looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A.”

Another new initiative will see each team select an LA-based or national charity to raise donations for.

The 67th annual NBA All-Star Game takes place February 18 ’18 at LA’s Staples Center.

Written by Todd Hancock /