The NBA All-Star Game is February 19. And until that night, no one will know the All-Star rosters.
Not even the players themselves.
The team captains – likely LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and either Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo or Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant – will make their picks in a live, televised pregame segment shortly before the game kicks off in Salt Lake City.
The NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced the format change Tuesday night.
The @NBA and @TheNBPA today announced that TNT will broadcast the 2023 NBA All-Star Draft as a new, live pregame segment on the 2023 #NBAAllStar Game on Sunday, February 19 at 7:30 PM ET from Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. pic.twitter.com/SuEw4mvfEE
— NBA (@NBA) January 25, 2023
This will be the sixth time the league has used the format where captains choose their teams, but in each of the first five instances rosters were selected several days before the match.
The captains and starters will be announced on Thursday.
James was captain in each of the first five years and based on the result of the vote released by the league late last week, it is almost certain that he will be captain again this year. The leading vote-getter of both the Eastern and Western Conference earns the right to be captain.
Durant was the early leader among the East players, but then fell slightly behind Antetokounmpo in the most recent ballot. He is still expected to be selected as a starter, and it won’t be known until Thursday whether he has regained the lead in the East vote in the final days.
Ballots to decide whether the starters should come 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 lead 5-0 in All-Star games when he is captain.
Durant had been captain as the voting leader of the East for the past two years. Antetokounmpo was in the previous two years, 2019 and 2020.
The top three frontcourt players and top two guards from each conference will be chosen as starters, with each conference’s leading voters serving as captains and choosing their teams.
Fan votes count for 50% of the starter vote, a media vote counts for 25%, and ballots submitted by NBA players count for the other 25%.
Reserves – chosen by NBA coaches, seven players from each conference – will be revealed on February 2.