Tweaking the All-Star Game: NBA says goodbye to East vs. West format

Sports
nba-all-star-2018-east-west-captains-format.jpg

NBA.com

Official release

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced today a new All-Star Game format for NBA All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles. This will mark the NBA’s first All-Star Game without a matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference.

Under the revamped format, two captains will draft the 2018 All-Star teams from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves, making selections without regard for conference affiliation. The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

The 67th All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 18 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), with TNT televising the midseason classic for the 16th consecutive year.

“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,” said NBPA President Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets. “We’re looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in L.A.”

“We’re excited about the new All-Star format and appreciate the players’ willingness to try something new,” said NBA President, League Operations Byron Spruell.

In another new feature, the 2018 All-Star teams will play for charity. Each team will select a Los Angeles-area charity or national organization where donations will be used to support local efforts.

The process for selecting the 24 All-Stars will remain the same, with 12 players from each conference earning spots. The 10 starters – two guards and three frontcourt players per conference – will continue to be chosen by a combination of fans (50 percent of the vote), current players (25 percent) and basketball media (25 percent). The NBA’s head coaches will still select the 14 reserves, voting for two guards, three frontcourt players and two players at any position in their respective conferences. Specific details about the draft will be announced at a later date.

TNT will reveal the All-Star Game starters and captains on Thursday, Jan. 18 and unveil the reserves on Tuesday, Jan. 23. NBA All-Star Voting 2018 presented by Verizon will tip off on Monday, Dec. 25 before five Christmas Day games across ESPN, ABC and TNT.

The process for determining the 2018 All-Star Game head coaches is unchanged. The head coaches whose teams clinch the best record in their respective conferences two weeks before the All-Star Game will earn the nod, though the Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr and the Boston Celtics’ Brad Stevens are ineligible for the honor because they coached in the 2017 All-Star Game. Each All-Star Game coach will lead the team that includes the captain from the same conference.

Advertisements

Watch: Winners of NBA All-Star Saturday

Sports

na-all-star-saturday-porzingis-dunk-contest-eric-gordon

All-Star Saturday is one of the most anticipated days during NBA All-Star Weekend. I enjoyed watching the skills challenge and three-point contest, but the dunk contest was lame as usual.

NBA unicorn Kristaps Porzingis, Rockets guard Eric Gordon and Glenn Robinson III of the Pacers were the winners of the events.

Watch the highlights here:

Look: NBA All-Star West and East reserves

Sports

The reserves for the NBA All-Star West and East squads were announced Thursday (Friday in Manila).

NBA All-Star reserves were voted in by the coaches of the league.

Here’s the list of players who made the cut for both squads:

West reserves

  • Russell Westbrook
  • Klay Thompson
  • Draymond Green
  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • Marc Gasol
  • DeAndre Jordan
  • Gordon Hayward

East reserves

  • Isaiah Thomas
  • John Wall
  • Kevin Love
  • Kyle Lowry
  • Paul George
  • Kemba Walker
  • Paul Millsap

I personally would have taken out DeAndre Jordan and sneak in Damian Lillard for the West reserves. As for the East, I’m really confused why Paul Millsap got in. I would have went for Joel Embiid. But that’s just me.

Also great that Kemba Walker got selected, he’s the main reason why the Hornets are having an amazing year. Same with Gordon Hayward.

Look: East and West starters for NBA All-Star game

Photo from NBAonTNT/Twitter

Look: East and West starters for NBA All-Star Game

Sports

The NBA All-Star Game starters for both the East and West teams were revealed Thursday (Friday in Manila).

The starters were voted by fans (50%), media (25%) and players (25%).

The East squad will comprise of Cavs teammates LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bulls star Jimmy Butler.

Meanwhile, Warriors duo Kevin Durant and Steph Curry, Rockets’ James Harden, Anthony Davis of the Pelicans and Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs will make up the West All-Star starters.

In case you were wondering how they came up with the All-Star starters, here’s the breakdown of the voting process:

Do you guys agree with the All-Star starters? Who would you have had in your East and West starting fives?

Clarkson to Filipinos pushing for his All-Star inclusion: ‘I’d be proud to rep all of you’

Sports

When the first batch of All-Star Game voting returns were released, many were surprised Warriors’ center Zaza Pachulia ranked second among frontcourt players — just behind teammate Kevin Durant, Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, and DeMarcus Cousins.

This was all because of Georgia’s push for Pachulia to be part of the All-Star festivities.

Seeing how that turned out, a pair of local Facebook fan pages, Lakers Nation Philippines and PBA Memes, started a similar campaign for Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson.

“If Georgia can do it for Zaza, why can’t the Philippines, a basketball nation, do it for JC?” said the post by Lakers Nation Philippines.

Because of the efforts and overflowing support from the followers of both Facebook pages, Clarkson took notice and thanked his fans — giving them more reason to push for his inclusion in the NBA All-Star Game.

“Thanks for the #NBAVote support! I’d be proud to rep all of you at the All-Star Game,” he said in a tweet.

https://twitter.com/JClark5on/status/818691968477839360

Clarkson is averaging 13.8 points (45% FG), 2.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds for the season. His Lakers are currently sitting in 12th spot in the West.

Leading the West backcourt after the first batch of All-Star voting returns were Steph Curry with 523,597 votes and James Harden with 519,446. Trailing in third was Russell Westbrook with 501,652.

There are only a few days left before the All-Star Game voting closes. Will Filipinos be able to help Clarkson crack that loaded Western Conference backcourt? Let’s see.

Photo from Lakers Nation/Twitter

Look: 2017 NBA All-Star uniforms

Sports

The NBA All-Star Weekend is nearing and adidas decided to reveal the uniforms the players will wear for the midseason spectacle.

Charcoal and red for the West. Grey and blue for the East.

It looks stale and boring to me. But what do I know, right?

I’m pretty sure the uniforms next year will be better designed when Nike takes over as the league’s official outfitter.

On a related note, the NBA also released today the results of the first fan returns of the NBA All-Star voting.

Cavs’ duo LeBron James and Kyrie Irving lead the East with 595,288 and 543,030 votes, respectively.

Spearheading the West is another pair of teammates, Warriors’ Kevin Durant (541,209) and Steph Curry (523,597).

Photo from NBA All-Star/Twitter

Players, media to also vote for NBA All-Star starters

Sports

For the first time ever, NBA players and basketball media will join fans in selecting the starters for NBA All-Star 2017 in New Orleans.

NBA All-Star Voting 2017 presented by Verizon will tip off at 11 a.m. ET on December 25 (December 26 in Manila) before an exciting lineup of five Christmas Day matchups on ABC and ESPN.

Fans were first given the opportunity to vote for NBA All-Star starters during the 1974-75 season. This year, the league will extend the platform to include two other important constituents of the game – NBA players and NBA media. Fans will account for 50 percent of the vote, while all current players and a panel of basketball media will account for 25 percent each.

Players and media will be able to complete one full ballot, featuring three frontcourt players and two guards from both the Eastern and Western Conference. Players may vote for their teammates or themselves.

NBA fans may submit one full ballot each day through NBA.com, the NBA App (available on Android and iOS), Twitter, Facebook and Google Search, as well as via Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblogs in China. All current NBA players will be available for selection.

How to vote:

  • NBA.com voting page at NBA.com/vote: Fill out one full ballot per day (per day is defined as once every 24 hours) on NBA.com/vote from a desktop or mobile browser. Fans can select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters.
  • NBA App: Access the ballot and vote through the app, which is available on Android and iOS. Fans can fill out one full ballot per day, and select up to two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference when choosing starters.
    Twitter: Tweet, retweet or reply with an NBA player’s first and last name or Twitter handle, along with the hashtag #NBAVOTE. Each Tweet may include only one player’s name or handle. Fans may vote for 10 unique players each day throughout the NBA All-Star voting period.
  • Facebook: Post the player’s first and last name along with the hashtag #NBAVOTE on your personal Facebook account, or comment on another’s Facebook post. Each post may include only one player’s name. Fans may post votes for 10 unique players per day throughout the voting period.
  • Google Search: Search “NBA Vote All-Star” or “NBA Vote Team Name” (ex: NBA Vote Celtics), and use respective voting cards to select teams and then players. Fans may submit votes for 10 unique players per day throughout the voting period.

 

Fan voting updates will be shared on January 5 and January 12. Voting will conclude on January 16.

The starters for the All-Star Game will be announced on January 19, while the the Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Star reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, will be announced the following week on January 26.