NBA All-Star captains pick rosters live on game night

NBA All-Star captains pick rosters live on game night

The NBA All-Star Game is on February 19. And no one will know the All-Star roster until that night. Not even the players themselves.

The team captains, probably lebron james from Los Angeles Lakers and from Milwaukee Giannis Antetokounmpo or from Brooklyn Kevin Durant — will make his picks in a live televised pregame segment shortly before the game begins in Salt Lake City.

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced the format change Tuesday night.

This will be the sixth time the league has used the format in which the captains pick their teams, but in each of the first five instances the squads were selected several days before the game.

The captains and starters will be announced on Thursday.

James has been a captain in each of the first five years and, based on voting results released by the league late last week, is a near certainty to be captain again this year. The one with the most votes from the Eastern and Western conferences gets the right to be captain.

Durant was the early leader among players in the East, then fell slightly behind Antetokounmpo in the most recent voting. He is still expected to be selected as the incumbent, and it will not be known until Thursday whether he regained the lead in the East vote in the final days.

Ballots to decide the incumbents were due on Saturday.

“I want to play,” Durant told reporters in New York on Tuesday. “I want to be a part of all these events.”

James’ teams are 5-0 in All-Star Games when he’s captain.

Durant has captained the East’s voting leader in each of the last two games. Antetokounmpo played in the previous two games, in 2019 and 2020.

The top three frontcourt players and top two guards from each conference will be chosen as starters, and the top vote-getters from each conference will serve as captains and pick their teams.

Fan voting counts for 50% of the primary vote, a media ballot counts for 25% and ballots cast by NBA players count for the other 25%.

The reserves, chosen by NBA coaches, seven players from each conference, will be revealed on February 2.

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