Last season, the NBA changed the rules for the All-Star game, in a hope to make it more competitive, and more compelling. Rather than pitting the 12 All-Stars from each conference against each other, the leading vote-getters from each conference got to draft their teams.
It was a terrific change, and rather than West vs East, we got Team Steph Curry vs Team LeBron James. However, one thing was missing - the captains weren’t televised drafting the players, so there was limited suspense.
But that’s changing. For the upcoming 2019 NBA All-Star Game, the captains will draft their teams on a TNT broadcast. The news was first reported by Marc Stein of the New York Times.
The live draft will be a lot of fun, and hopefully not too awkward for the players drafted at the bottom.
For the Golden State Warriors, it means we’ll get to see which of their multiple All-Stars get teamed up together. The Dubs will have four potential All-Stars: Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. All four of those players were All-Stars a year ago (as was DeMarcus Cousins, though he won’t be in the running this year due to his injury), so it’s likely that three or four of them will be making the team again.
However, it’s a bit of a longer shot that Curry is captain again, as James is now in the Western Conference, and playing for the league’s most popular franchise. Presuming James is the captain, will he draft Curry, his rival? Will he draft Durant, in hopes to lure him to the Los Angeles Lakers next offseason?
The storylines, like those, will be way over the top, but that’s all part of the fun.