The NBA All-Star Game is switching it up and will be ditching the traditional East and West conference format. Instead, a captain for each team will now be able to select their own teams from a pool of players.
The captain for each team will be selected based on who wins the most fan votes for each conference.
As ESPN explain, there will still be 12 players selected from each conference, with 5 players selected as starters. The fan vote will be worth 50% while the player vote will be worth 25% and media vote worth 25%. There will also be 7 reserves selected by head coaches from each conference as well.
These changes have been in discussion for the past few years and came about as part of a joint effort by the players’ union and the league. ESPN also report that Michael Jordan, who doubles as the chairman of the owners’ labor relations committee, was a big part of making the change from the NBA’s side.
Coaches will still be determined in the same way, where the coach with the best record in each respective conference two weeks prior to the game, will get to coach the roster selected by the captain.
Details of the NBA All-Star draft have not yet been announced, but starters will be revealed 18 January and the reserves, 23 January.