The 2018 All-Star game will undergo a major revamp after the NBA announced changes to the format on Tuesday.
For the first time in the history of the showpiece event, there will not be a matchup between the Eastern and Western Conference.
Instead, two captains will select their teams from a pool of 24 All-Stars in a playground-style draft. The captains will be the players who win the most fan votes in their respective conferences.
Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry earned the most votes in the west last season and will be one of the captains if he does so again.
The two-time MVP is a fan of the new system and believes it could provide a better spectacle for fans.
“It’s the playground-type dynamics when you could pick your teams growing up, when you used to play open gyms or whatnot,” Curry said.
“In a lot of ways, it’ll be fun to see how that plays out. Just for the fans, to see how that plays out with different combinations.”
Five players from each conference will be announced as starters. The fan vote will count for 50 percent, with the player vote and media vote worth 25 percent each.
Each conference’s head coaches will pick the seven reserves for each team. Starters will be selected first, ensuring that the 10 players voted in as starters will open the game.
The revamped format will certainly add a level of intrigue to the occasion which has received criticism in recent years due to the lack of competition on display and the high-scoring games.
There will also be interesting sub-plots to consider and it will allow for current teammates and conference rivals to face off against one another.
Asked if he would select fellow Dubs Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green for his All-Star team, Curry said: “Definitely. They’d be upset if I don’t.”
Two major sub-plots that many will look out for is whether LeBron James will select Kyrie Irving if he's a captain and whether Russell Westbrook and Durant will be placed on the same team.
In many ways, the draft could prove to be more exciting than the game itself with fans and media members waiting to read so much into the selections and create stories from it.
It remains to be seen whether this change will ultimately make the game more competitive, but the league has definitely made the All-Star game a talking point next season.