The NBA and the players’ union have reached an agreement to televise the draft for this season’s All-Star Game, according to a report from Marc Stein and Kevin Draper of The New York Times. Sources tell Stein and Draper that a date for that draft has yet to be scheduled, but January 30 and January 31 are candidates.
The league changed the format of its All-Star Game last season, moving away from the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format. Instead, the top two All-Star vote-getters (LeBron James and Stephen Curry in 2018) were named as captains of the two teams and were tasked with filling out their rosters by conducting a draft of the other 22 All-Stars. James and Curry first selected from a pool of eight fellow starters before moving on to the 12-man bench pool.
For the 2018 All-Star Game, the draft was conducted privately, though the order of most of the picks leaked out eventually. This time around, we’ll be able to see that draft take place, as the league and the players’ union are now both on board with turning it into a broadcast event.
The 2019 All-Star Game will take place on February 17 in Charlotte.