With the new NBA All-Star format, top vote-getters of the respective conferences in LeBron James and Curry will choose the two teams, picking players from the pool of starters and reserves without regard for conference affiliation. Not that getting picked last in the NBA All-Star Game is, by any means, embarrassing. They will not have to stick to conference affiliation when drafting their teams. Since Curry's Warriors are the National Basketball Association champions, we'll give James the first pick.
It looks like the difference between this season's NBA All-Star uniforms and previous All-Star designs will be as stark as black and white. The remaining reserve spots will be named by National Basketball Association head coaches and revealed on January 23, while on January 25th the captains will select their squads regardless of conference. Certainly, people will want to see if LeBron intentionally snubs Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love, splits up Curry and Kevin Durant, if Durant and Russell Westbrook will be forced to play nice with each other or who will wind up being the last pick. After the starters are selected, we will also divvy up the reserves.
This year, the dynamic duo are back together, but may not play on the same team with the draft layout. Reserve players get their spots by being voted on by coaches.
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Joining Westbrook as reserves in the Western Conference player pool is LaMarcus Aldridge of the San Antonio Spurs, Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers. They are joined by Al Horford of the Boston Celtics, Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors and John Wall of the Wizards.
It's worth noting that there are often injuries that prevent one or several selected players from suiting up, which would allow someone "snubbed" to still sneak into the game. The Greek Freak is the league's second-highest scorer behind Harden as he is averaging 28.2 points and connecting on an impressive 54.6 percent of his shot from the field.