The NBA All-Star Game is on February 19. And till that night no one will know the chart of the stars. Not even the player himself.
The team captains, likely LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee or Kevin Durant of Brooklyn, will make their choice 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 on Tuesday night.
@nba And @TheNBPA announced today that TNT will air the 2023 NBA All-Star Draft as a new, live pregame segment leading up to the 2023 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET from Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. pic.twitter.com/heWwh4k8MR
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) January 25, 2023
This will be the sixth time the league has used a format in which the captains select their teams, but in each of the first five instances the lists were selected several days before the game.
The captain and starters will be announced on Thursday.
James has captained each of the first five years and, based on the voting results released by the league late last week, he is all but certain to captain again this year. The leader in the Eastern and Western conference votes wins the right to be captain.
Durant was the leader among former players, but then fell slightly behind Antetokounmpo in the most recent vote. He is still expected to be selected as a starter, and it won’t be known until Thursday whether he has regained the Eastern polling lead he has held in recent days.
Ballots to decide the office-bearers were to be presented 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 went 5–0 in All-Star Games when he was captain.
Durant has led the East in scoring each of the past two years. Antetokounmpo was in the last two years, 2019 and 2020.
The top three frontcourt players and top two shooting guards from each conference would be selected as starters and the top vote-getters from each conference would serve as captains and pick their teams.
The fan vote accounts for 50% of the headline vote, media ballots count for 25%, and ballots cast by NBA players count for the other 25%.
The reserves, seven players from each conference selected by NBA coaches, will be announced on February 2.