Now that Carmelo Anthony is on the Thunder, it’s just another All-Star who moved from the East to the West.
Who does that leave in the East? LeBron, Kyrie, Isaiah, DeMar, Wall…But it doesn’t matter, not anymore.
The league announced that they were making a huge change to the annual exhibition game earlier this week; one that makes Melo taking his talents to OKC much less impactful – from a conference All-Star perspective anyway.
Teams will no longer be built in an East Vs. West setting. Starting with the 2018 All-Star game, the rosters will be selected by two team captains, who will be the leading vote-getters in each conference.
From there, the captains will draft from a pool of players voted as starters and reserves, making selections based on who they want on their team, regardless of conference affiliation.
This new format will no-doubt pique the interest of people who before the change thought the All-Star game had grown stale. With the new format change, could we also see some fresh faces as participants as well?
It’s hard to say with the 2017-18 season not yet underway, but there is enough date – from last year’s numbers and this year’s rookie pool – to at least name 10 players who will be sniffing their first All-Star appearance.
Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Years In League: 3
2016-17 Stats: 25.1 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 1.3 BLKPG
The first three players on our list should be as close to automatic for making their first All-Star Game as they come. Towns is already one of the most talented young players in the league and his popularity is steadily increasing into superstar status. If the re-tooled T-Wolves get out to a good start, Towns will be the beneficiary by an All-Star nod.