Stephen Curry will not only represent the Golden State Warriors at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, but he’ll be one of the first team captains. The league is switching up the All-Star Game format this year, and letting two captains build their teams based on the selected All-Stars.
Curry and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers won the fan vote, so they get to be captains. But the process of selecting their teams will not be made public, only the end results.
This has created a little bit of controversy. Many fans believe the All-Star draft should be televised, as there’s obvious entertainment value in it. Others believe the NBA got it right, and that keeping the selection order a secret will help players avoid any awkward “last kid picked at the the playground” situations.
Count Steve Kerr firmly in the first category. The coach of the Warriors (and two-time coach of the All-Star Game) pointed out that no player should care about when they’re selected, since they already were recognized as All-Stars.
Steve Kerr said he thinks the captains' selection of players at the All Star game should be televised. He added, there's no shame in being the last All Star picked...because you're still an All Star.— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) January 20, 2018
But the captain, Curry, sees things differently. Curry likes doing the draft behind closed doors, but primarily for logistical reasons. Speaking to the media recently, Curry said that it’s important for the league to get it right in the inaugural year:
I’ve talked about that a little bit, in terms of there’s certain dynamics at play with how visible all NBA guys are and how we’re all grown men and can all handle it. But this first go around, they want to see how it plays out, see how the new format is executed.
Considering how much time, from the time that it was announced there’d be a captain’s pick to now, you want to make sure you get that right and it’s worth watching, not just a jumbled, ‘Oh, let’s just put people on TV and pick names and let it ride.’
There has to be some actual thought around it. Make sure being an All-Star is glorified. It’s for the fans, for the players, you don’t want to change the integrity of what it is to be an All-Star.
Hard to argue with him on that!
The All-Star Game takes place on Sunday, February 18, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Curry and James will first select a starting lineup from the other eight players who were voted as starters (Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving, and DeMar DeRozan).
Then they’ll fill out their roster with the 14 All-Star reserves, who will be announced on Tuesday, January 23. The draft selections will be announced on Thursday, January 25.