NBA Ripped For Reworking All-Star Draft To Reduce Chance Players Have Their Feelings Hurt

Giannis Antetokounmpo guards LeBron James during the NBA All-Star Game

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In 2018, the NBA gave the All-Star Game a massive facelift after opting to abandon the Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format that had served as the standard since the inaugural showdown was held all the way back in 1951.

The new approach involved appointing two designated captains to the opposing teams and giving them the opportunity to set their roster by drafting from the available pool of players until the lineups were solidified.

The NBA neglected to televise the All-Star draft when it was first introduced, but the league wisely decided to let fans watch LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo announce their selections on national television the following year.

That decision ultimately led to one of the more entertaining NBA All-Star moments in recent memory thanks to what transpired last year when Kevin Durant was forced to pick between Rudy Gobert and James Harden when naming the last man for his team.

It had only been a few hours since Harden was traded to the 76ers after forcing his way out of Brooklyn, and LeBron hid his face behind a clipboard because of how hard he was laughing after realizing Durant’s obvious decision to go with Gobert as opposed to his former teammate meant the guard was the last person selected in the All-Star draft.

Sadly, it appears we won’t be treated to a similar “incident” this year based on the latest overhaul the NBA has instituted.

On Thursday night’s installment of Inside the NBA, Ernie Johnson revealed the league has opted to rework Sunday’s All-Star draft so the reserves are selected before the starters, which he implied was a move that’s theoretically designed prevent the last man standing from having their feelings hurt.

This seems like a bit of a half-measure, as there is still someone in the “Reserves” category who will ultimately be picked last when everything is said and done.

However, plenty of fans still voiced their displeasure with the move, while others noted it was probably unnecessary when you consider just how fragile your ego would have to be to genuinely be mad about being the last All-Star to get scooped up.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if this has the intended effect.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.