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

Posted October 04, 2017

Based on the wins above replacement player (WARP) accumulated by the 12 players originally selected to the roster (before injury replacements), the West has surpassed the East 16 times in the last 18 seasons, with 2009 and 2011 as the two exceptions.

The NBA announced a big change on Tuesday that will attempt to bring some life and competitiveness back to the All-Star Game.

The NBA All-Star Game will no longer feature players from each conference facing off.

"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", National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets said in a statement.

The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most votes in a poll of fans. Voting will be open from Christmas Day until hours before the release of the starters.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant - despite playing in different conferences - on the same All-Star team?

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The voting will remain in the 50-25-25 split between fans, media members, and players - as it did earlier this year. Coaches will select the reserves - two guards, three frontcourt players and two players from any position.

NBA President of League Operations Byron Spruell welcomed the input of players keen to "try something new".

It was not immediately clear when captains would announce their picks for the new All-Star teams.

Meanwhile, the East has added just one 2017 West All-Star: Gordon Hayward, who signed with the Boston Celtics. It may have also been a reaction to the fact that former East All-Stars like Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George now play for Western Conference teams.

Will players go harder in the game now?