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NBA All-Star Game 2023: Live Draft Format Revealed; Captains to Pick Teams Before Tip | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

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The NBA is making a slight change to its All-Star Game draft this season.

Relatively than having the team captains draft the rosters ahead of time, those two players will select their teams survive the identical day because the All-Star Game itself, prior to tipoff.

The 2 team captains can be the fan’s top vote-getters from each conference. Within the third fan return, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James stood atop the Western Conference, while Milwaukee Bucks two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was leading within the East.

NBA on TNT @NBAonTNT

The 2023 #NBAAllStar Draft will happen on the identical day because the All-Star Game 👀🍿

LIVE Sunday, Feb. 19 at 7:30pm ET on #NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/XoUQTonWju

It should be James’ nineteenth appearance within the All-Star Game. That may tie him with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for essentially the most appearances in NBA history, a fitting accomplishment on condition that James is more likely to surpass Abdul-Jabbar because the league’s all-time leading scorer this season.

This yr’s All-Star Game can be held on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

Within the Western Conference, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić and Lakers big man Anthony Davis sat atop the voting within the frontcourt behind James from the third fan returns, while Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Dončić were the present leaders within the backcourt.

Within the East, a pair of talented wings—Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant and Boston Celtics dynamo Jayson Tatum—were leading the voting within the frontcourt behind Antetokounmpo. Durant’s teammate, Kyrie Irving, and Cleveland Cavaliers star guard Donovan Mitchell led the voting within the backcourt.

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LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo lead their respective conferences within the third fan returns of #NBAAllStar Voting presented by AT&T.

Fans account for 50% of the vote to determine All-Star starters. NBA players and a media panel account for 25% each. pic.twitter.com/nqNZqkeVJw

The team captains and starters can be revealed on Thursday’s Contained in the NBA starting at 7 p.m. ET on TNT.

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