When are the NBA All-Star teams going to be announced? Reserves, starters, and format changes are being investigated ahead of the All-Star Weekend on February 17-19.
This year the NBA All-Star Weekend comes from Salt Lake City, Utah, with the Utah Jazz’ home arena, Vivint Arena, hosting proceedings.
The main event of All-Star Weekend, is, of course, the All-Star Game. It sees the best players in the world compete against each other in an exhibition style game.
2023’s game will be the 72nd edition of the event and will take place on Sunday 19 February. However, a new format change has just been announced.
Voting for the 2023 NBA All-Star Game opened on Tuesday December 20, 2022. Fans account for 50 percent of Western and Eastern Conference starters in the All-Star Game.
The remaining 50 percent is decided by players and the media. The results of the starters will be revealed during TNT’s NBA Tip-Off on Thursday January 26.
The leading vote-getters from each conference, likely LeBron James and either Giannis Antetokounmpo or Kevin Durant based on recent voting results, will also be named a team captain.
So, by Thursday 26 January we’ll know who the team captains are and who the starters are.
The rest of the NBA All-Star teams will be announced on 2 February. The reserves are selected by the NBA’s head coaches, who will name seven players from each conference.
The 2023 NBA All-Star Game reserves will be announced during TNT’s NBA Tip-Off on 2 Feb. If there are any injuries then commissioner Adam Silver will choose a replacement.
So that’s the captains, starters and reserves all announced by 2 February. However, unlike previous years, we won’t know the specific rosters, and which team individuals will actually play on, until the night of the All-Star Game on February 19.
The selections will take place a matter of moments before the game, with captains making their picks in a live, televised segment.
This is the sixth time captains have chosen their teams during a live segment. However, in the previous five years it’s been done days before so fans are familiar with the rosters well before the event.
The NBA officially announced the format change on Tuesday 24 January, tweeting the following:
The @NBA and @TheNBPA announced today that TNT will air the 2023 NBA All-Star Draft as a new, live pregame segment at the 2023 #NBAAllStar Game on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 pm ET from Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. pic.twitter.com/SuEw4mvfEE
— NBA (@NBA) January 25, 2023
The 72nd NBA All-Star Game will officially tip-off at 7:30PM ET on Sunday 19 February.