Reports: The 2023 NBA All-Star Game draft to be held just before tipoff of All-Star game

NBA All-Star Game 2016
NBA All-Star Game 2016 in Toronto, Canada

The NBA All-Star Game has been one of the best sporting events in the country for having the best basketball players in one game to put on a show. This season, the league has spiced up the event by adding a different angle to drafting teammates by having it happen before the game takes place.

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.
For the first time, the NBA All-Star Draft will take place right before the game. The two team captains will draft the team rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference.

Reports came in from the NBA that the league has decided to have the All-Star game draft as a new segment before the actual game. Since the league had the All-Star draft, it was always a few days before the game, which is exciting in itself. But they've taken it to the next level by having it minutes before the game.

The game will take place on Feb. 19, 2023, and Utah will be the host. The team captains will still be the top vote-getters for each conference. However, they'll only get to choose who they will be playing with before the game.

The draft will be televised to see which players they will get to play with. Captains and starters will be announced on Thursday.

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With the new format, does that mean the players won't get a chance to practice with each other before the NBA All-Star Game?

Aside from playing the actual game, there are fans who get a chance to see their favorite players practice a few days before they put on a show. For the 2023 NBA All-Star Game, one question should be addressed by the league. What will happen to the All-Star Game practices? How will the league make it work?


Like the actual game, there have been many iconic moments when the stars practiced together. One viable option could be for the stars to still be able to practice for the fans. However, they won't be restricted to teams. Still, the question is up in the air and some fans could slowly realize that could be the case.

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Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein
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