The NBA 2020 All-Star starters and Captains have been announced, and the excitement is overwhelming.
Two captains go back and forth drafting from a pool of 22 players. These are voted as All-Stars. The starters are picked first and reserves next. Each selection is made without regard for conference affiliation. The captains are the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.
The idea was initiated by NBPA president Chris Paul, who reached out to Commissioner Adam Silver about revamping the format. It became implemented during the 2018 All-Star Game.
The “backyard-basketball” style adds a different form of intrigue which includes balance and creativity. Teams also play for community-based organizations now with donations directed toward outreach efforts that benefit the All-Star host city.
For the third consecutive year, LeBron James is likely to serve as one of the two team captains for the NBA All-Star matchup. The player who gets the most fan votes from each conference gets the opportunity to be an All-Star captain and will draft the two teams for this year’s contest.
In the most recent voting update released this past Thursday, James led all NBA players with 4,747,887 votes. The Los Angeles Lakers forward was a captain each of the previous two seasons, the first two All-Star Games to incorporate a draft-style format rather than the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference matchup.
Voting for the All-Star Game closed on Monday night. Fan voting accounts for 50 per cent of the vote, while current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25 per cent.
Here’s a look at the official NBA 2020 starters pool and Captains from the Western and Eastern Conference
The Captain: LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers!
James Harden of the Housten Rockets!
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks!
Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers!
Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers!
The Captain: Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks!
Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks!
Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics!
Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers
Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors!