On Tuesday, the NBA announced a major change to the All-Star Game, which will now have its rosters determined through a draft from a pool of players voted as All-Star starters and reserves. The top vote-getters in each conference will serve as captains, making the picks. Under this format, Stephen Curry and LeBron James would have picked their rosters for the 2017 game.
After last season's contest was criticized for its lack of competitiveness and effort, this shake-up that could pit teammates and conference rivals against each other may help add to the intensity and intrigue of the event.
Are these changes the right move?
The All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 18. The starters will be announced Jan. 18 and the reserves on Jan. 23.