How Are NBA All Stars Picked?

The All-Star game is the NBA’s annual exhibition game that takes place during the February break. Fans vote for the starters, and the coaches vote for the reserves.


Each year, the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game features a matchup of the league’s best players. But how are those players chosen?

The selection process has changed several times over the years, but it currently involves a combination of votes from fans, media members, and NBA players. Here’s a look at how it all works.

The All-Star Game Format

The National Basketball Association’s All-Star Game is an annual exhibition game played by the league’s best players. It is usually held during the NBA’s February break. The All-Star Game was first played in 1951.

The All-Star Draft

In January 2018, the NBA announced that it would be changing the All-Star Game format. Instead of having the Eastern Conference All-Stars play the Western Conference All-Stars, the two team captains would draft their own teams from a pool of All-Stars. The captains would be the two players who receive the most votes from fans.

This new format was met with mixed reactions. Some people loved it because it would add a new level of excitement and competition to the game. Others thought it was unnecessary and thought that it would take away from the meaning of the All-Star Game, which is supposed to be a celebration of the best players in the league coming together to play against each other.

either way, the new format is here to stay and it looks like it is here to stay for at least a few years. So how does this draft work? Let’s take a look.

The two team captains will each select 11 players for their team. They will alternate picks until they have drafted 22 players total. The starters will be picked first and then the reserves will be picked. The order in which they are picked does not matter, as long as all 22 spots are filled.

Once all 22 spots are filled, the two captains will each select one more player to complete their team. This 24th player will be chosen from a pool of players who were voted by fans as reserves but were not selected in the draft.

The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 18th at 8:00pm ET on TNT.

The All-Star Game

The All-Star Game is an annual exhibition game played by the best players from the National Basketball Association (NBA). The game is played on the Sunday before the NBA All-Star Weekend, a three-day event which includes a skills challenge, a three-point shootout, and a slam dunk contest. The All-Star Game was first played in 1951, and has been held every year since 1968.

Players are selected to the All-Star team by a vote of the fans, who can vote online or via cell phone. The starting lineups for each team are chosen by the head coaches of each respective conference. The remaining players are then chosen by a combination of votes from the fans, head coaches, and a panel of basketball media members.

In order to be eligible for selection to the All-Star team, a player must have played in at least one game during the NBA regular season prior to the All-Star break. Players who have been injured are still eligible for selection, but they must have played in at least one game before they were injured.

How Are Players Selected?

There is a process to how NBA All-Stars are picked. Players are first nominated by head coaches from around the league. Then, a committee of NBA basketball operations staff members narrows down the field to 24 All-Star candidates. From there, the top vote-getters from each conference are selected to start in the All-Star game.

The All-Star Starters

The starters for the All-Star Game are chosen by a combination of 50 percent fan vote, 25 percent player vote and 25 percent media vote. The fans vote online at or via Twitter using the hash tag #NBABallot, and they can select two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. The player vote is conducted among the league’s active players, and they can also select two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. The media vote is conducted by a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the NBA on a regular basis. They are asked to vote for two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference.

The All-Star Reserves

The All-Star Reserves are selected by the 30 NBA head coaches. Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Two guards, three frontcourt players and two players regardless of position come from each conference’s reserves.


In conclusion, the All-Star game is a great way to showcase the league’s best players, but the process of choosing who will play can be difficult and controversial. There are many deserving players who don’t make the cut, and often the final roster is more a reflection of popularity and marketing than it is of merit. Still, it’s an exciting event that fans enjoy, and it’s a great way to see some of the NBA’s best players in action.

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