NBA All Star Game Change Is A Step In The Right Direction

All Star Game

In a head-turning decision this past week, the NBA has officially changed the All Star Game rules. The new game format will go into effect for the 2018 All Star Game, so let’s go over how it may play out. 

Ever since the NBA introduced the concept of an All-Star Game In 1951, the structure has remained more or less the same. Throughout the season, fans get to vote on the best players in the league from both conferences, and the players from each conference with the most votes play in an exhibition match at the end of the All-Star weekend for entertainment. However, it’s no secret that in recent years the game has turned into a farce. The winning team scoring nearly 200 points in what seems to be a combination of the dunk contest and 3-point shootout. Thanks to the new rules made official this past week, the game is finally changing for the better.

First, let’s go over what the new All Star Game will consist of. The premise of the game remains the same: two teams made up of NBA all stars facing off against each other in an exhibition match. However, instead of the two teams consisting of the best talent from conferences East and West, this year’s game has a different twist. The two players, regardless of conference. who receive the most votes will now act as captains of either team, and build their team from the remaining 22 voted players.. Some speculate this is a result of so much of the league’s talent moving from the East to the West. While the ASG has been dominated by the West (11-6 in the last 17 years), it is unlikely that this was the sole reason for the change No more East vs. West, just an eclectic pool of the NBA’s highest quality. At the end of the game, the victor gets to donate the winnings to the charity of their choice. Frankly, this change could not have come soon enough.

Any basketball fan who has watched the game in recent years knows it is hardly entertainment. And while there’s no reason for the players to be leaving every ounce of energy on the court as if it were the Championship, the lackadaisical and nonchalant play mirrors that of a pickup game of HORSE among schoolyard friends (who also just happen to be 6’7″ and able to hit a shot from anywhere beyond half court).

With the new rules in place, players have more to play for, and possibly more to play against. Modern rivalries now have the possibility to face off instead of playing on the same team (Durant vs. Westbrook, Harden vs. Curry). But arguably the most intriguing rule change comes at the end, when the winning side decides on their charity of choice. If there was one way to successfully poke the All Star Game with the cattle-prod of competitiveness, it was through charity. Whether it be Lebron James and The Lebron James Family Foundation, Stephen Curry and his Nothing But Nets campaign, or just about any all star and their associated charity of choice, you would be hard pressed to find an NBA player who isn’t actively running or supporting a national or international charity.

While the new rules are hardly Adam Silver’s sweeping declaration demanding the game to be a medieval joust between Lebron and Curry, they are at the very least a step in the right direction. Kudos to you, National Basketball Association.

If you want to read more in depth about the NBA’s change to the All Star Game, click here.


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I think the new game format will make the game more enjoyable