NBA All-Star 2020 voting has ended, with Lakers star LeBron James and reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the lists for their respective conferences. This will be the second year both Giannis and James will be NBA All-Star game captains. Captains and starters for both conferences were revealed on TNT's NBA Tip-Off on Thursday night (Friday morning IST) ahead of the LA Lakers vs Brooklyn Nets game.
Along with Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James, this year's NBA MVP candidates have also made the starting line-up. The NBA All-Star 2020 format will be different from the old format. The league has opted for a pick-up style format where the two captains will choose the teams from a pre-selected list of NBA players. This NBA All-Star format has been followed since the 2017-18 season. LeBron James, along with Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, were the captains that year.
The two players who lead the conferences are chosen as the captains of the NBA All-Star team. The other players are selected through a combination of votes from fans, current players and media representatives. Fan votes get 50 per cent weightage, while the other half gets divided between media and players. Two guards and three frontcourt players must be included in each team.
NBA head coaches choose the reserves and league commissioner Adam Silver chooses injury replacements and other wildcards if required. The All-Star captains then decided their teams from the list of chosen players. All-Star Starters are selected during Round 1 and reserves are chosen during Round 2. LeBron James, as the overall vote leader, will start choosing the All-Star starters. Giannis Antetokounmpo will choose the first reserve.