NBA Scraps East Vs. West All-Star Game Format, Captains Will Pick Teams

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NBA's new All-Star format drops East vs.

The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most votes in a poll of fans. It's how teams are picked on playgrounds, parks, and gyms across the country, and it will make for some very interesting drama as captains deal with building a team but also their many friendships around the league.

This is the first time in league history we'll see players from different conferences teaming up for the All-Star game.

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Though the West All-Star team already had an advantage of 21 WARP over the East last season, we can expect that gap to grow in 2017-18 - like Fievel in "An American Tail", NBA All-Star talent goes West. The 10 starters per team will be based on 50 percent of the fan vote, 25 percent of the players vote and 25 percent of the basketball media vote.

The All-Star Game, which has been branded a meaningless exhibition in recent years, will take place next year at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 18.

Fan voting will begin on Christmas Day. Chris Paul, the president of the player's union, raved about the change.

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"We're excited about the new All-Star format and appreciate the players' willingness to try something new", said NBA President of League Operations Byron Spruell. Specific details about the draft will be announced at a later date. "We're looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A.", Paul said.

The process of selecting the All-Stars remains the same. Coaches will select the reserves - two guards, three frontcourt players and two players from any position.

Meanwhile, the East has added just one 2017 West All-Star: Gordon Hayward, who signed with the Boston Celtics.

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