All-Star Game Draft To Be Televised

Ruben Hill
November 8, 2018

The NBA and NBPA have agreed to televise the playground-style draft for the 2019 All-Star Game.

Last season, LeBron James led all vote-getters with more than 2.6 million votes - slightly ahead of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had the second most All-Star votes of any player in the league.

The announcement of the new system was met with excitement last season, but some of that was mitigated by the disappointment that the league would keep the selections secretive.

A firm date for the televised draft has not yet been established, but January 30 and 31 have emerged as two potential targets for a TNT broadcast, according to the people, who were not authorized to discuss the plans publicly. West to a playground-style in which two captains picked teams among a pool of All-Stars from both conferences. LeBron James and Stephen Curry revealed their rosters on national television but would not specify the order in which players were selected.

"What's bad about it?" "It's All-Star Weekend", James said when asked if televising the captains' choices would be a good thing. "You got 24 of the best players in the world that's going to make the team". It doesn't matter if you're first or last, you're 24 of the best in the world at that point in time.

"I don't think you should televise that", Carmelo Anthony, a 10-time All-Star and member of the NBPA's executive committee, said in December.

"I think obviously there are certain personalities that can add to it", James said.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will be held in Charlotte on Sunday, February 17.

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