2023 NBA All-Star Draft to take place on game night

The 2023 NBA All-Star Draft will take place on February 19 just before the game, as announced by the league and NBPA on Tuesday.

The team captains — probably LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and either Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo or Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant — will make their picks in a live, televised pregame segment shortly before the game begins in Salt Lake City.

LeBron James’ teams are 5-0 in NBA All-Star games when he is a captain.

This will be the sixth time that the league has used this format, but in each of the first five instances the rosters were selected several days before the NBA All-Star Game. The captains and starters will be announced on Thursday.

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“I want to play,” Kevin Durant (out since January 8 with an MCL sprain) told reporters in New York on Tuesday. “I want to be a part of all these events.”

The top three frontcourt players and top two guards in each conference will be chosen as starters, with the leading overall vote-getters from each conference serving as captains and choosing their teams.

Fan voting counts for 50% of the starters balloting, a media ballot counts for 25% and the ballots turned in by NBA players count for the other 25%.

Reserves — chosen by NBA coaches, seven players from each conference — will be revealed on February 2.

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