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2022 NBA All-Star Draft: Here’s how it works


Recap: 2021 NBA All-Star Draft

Captains LeBron James and Kevin Durant make their picks last season.

Important dates of the NBA All-Star 2022

• January 27: All-Star Starter Announced
• 3 February: All-Star Reserves announced
• February 8: State Farm All-Star Saturday Night Contestants Announced
• February 10th: All Star Draft
• 18th-20th February: All Star Weekend

the NBA All Star Game, which goes back to 1951, has always been a midseason showdown between the best players in each conference, showcasing the NBA’s biggest stars in an east-versus-west format. In this century alone, some of the absolute NBA greats like Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Tim Duncan, LeBron James and Kevin Durant have taken home the All-Star MVP award.

However, in 2017, the NBA decided that a change was needed. After a wave of uncompetitive All-Star games, alternative options were explored. Commissioner Adam Silver worked with then-NBPA President Chris Paul to revamp the format and create the NBA All-Star Draft, which when first implemented ushered in a new era of All-Star Game competitiveness 2018 All Star Game.

Since then, the format has continued.

This is how the All-Star Draft works

• The process begins with the captains, who are determined by the voting results of the All-Stars. The leader of each conference can choose their roster and name the team after them (e.g. Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis).

• Captains take turns drawing from the pool of 22 players selected into the All-Star field—first choosing from the eight All-Star starters, then from the 14 All-Star reserves. Conference affiliation is irrelevant during the design process.

voting process

Conference affiliation still matters in voting, with 12 players from East and West earning a spot. The 10 starters – two guards and three frontcourt players per conference – are selected by a combination of fans (50% of the vote), current players (25%) and media (25%). In 2017, players and media were allowed to vote – previously only fans chose the starting XI.

The 30 NBA coaches select the 14 reserves, picking two guards, three frontcourt players, and two players in any position in their respective conferences. Commissioner Silver will select the replacement for each player who is unable to participate in the All-Star Game by selecting a player from the same conference as the player to be replaced. Silver’s selection would join the team that drafted the replaced player. The commissioner also has the power to create a special roster supplement, which he did for the first time in 2019.


The coaches for each team are determined by the rankings two weeks before the All-Star Game. The coaching staff for the East and West leaders will be coordinated with the captain of the respective conference. However, if the senior coaching staff coached the previous All-Star game, the second-place coaching staff is selected.

Televised drafts

The draft was held on camera during its inaugural session in 2018 but was televised the following season. LeBron and Giannis Antetokounmpo made their selections live on TNT and agreed to the first All-Star draft trade. (LeBron sent Russell Westbrook to Team Giannis, while Antetokounmpo sent Ben Simmons to Team LeBron.) The draft has continued to be televised on TNT since 2019.

The 2022 NBA All-Star Draft will air Thursday, February 10 on TNT.

past captains

2021: LeBron James, Kevin Durant | Full list | Draft results: Team LeBron vs. Team Durant

2020: LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo | Full list | Draft results: Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis

2019: LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo | Full list | Draft results: Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis

2018: LeBron James, Stephen Curry | Full list | Draft Results: Team LeBron vs. Team Steph


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