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The NBA All-Star Game is returning to its original format!

After trying the pickup format, the NBA has chosen to go back to the original version!

The NBA All-Star Game has been a highlight of the basketball calendar for decades, showcasing the league's top talent in an exhibition match that thrills fans worldwide. In recent years, the league introduced a new format where team captains such as LeBron James, Giannis Antetokoumnpo, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant selected thier squads through a draft, departing from the traditional East vs. West matchup. While the draft format aimed to add excitement and make the game more watchable, there's was a growing sentiment among fans and players to revert to the original conference-based All-Star Game format.

The Original East vs. West Format

For much of the NBA`s history, the All-Star Game was a exhibition between the Eastern and the Western Conference. Players were selected based on their conference, and the game featured lineups representing each conference.

The Change to the Draft Format

In 2018, the NBA introduced a significant change to the All-Star Game format. The league's top vote-getters from each conference would be named captains, and they would take turns selecting their teammates from the pool of players that were selected to the All-Star game. This shift was intended to make the game more engaging to fans, as captains could create teams. The change aimed to engage fans further and create intriguing matchups.

Nostalgia and Tradition: The East vs. West format is steeped in history and nostalgia. Many fans fondly remember the classic battles between the two conferences, and returning to this tradition could reignite a sense of nostalgia and excitement among fans.

Simplicity: The draft format added an extra layer of complexity to the All-Star Game. While this was initially seen as exciting, it has led to more emphasis on the selection process rather than the actual game. Returning to East vs. West would simplify the format and put the focus back on the basketball.


The discussion surrounding the NBA's All-Star Game format is multifaceted, with valid arguments on both sides. While the East vs. West format is cherished for its nostalgia and simplicity, the draft format was introduced to address concerns about competitiveness and fan engagement. Ultimately, the decision to return to the traditional East vs. West format or maintain the current draft system rests with the NBA and its stakeholders. The key will be striking a balance that provides the best possible experience for fans and players alike, ensuring that the All-Star Game remains a highlight of the NBA calendar.

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