Selection to the All-star game is a combined effort between the fans and the head coaches. It is the fans who vote for the starting line-ups. Head Coaches then vote for the reserves. It is prohibited for a head coach to vote for their players. Selection to the All-Star squad is largely based on the performance of the player. Shooting skills, defensive prowess, and the number of assists matter a lot. It’s the numbers that matter when deciding who to give a slot to the squad. Those with better statistics gain favor. Also, a player must appeal to the NBA fan base as they have a big say on who qualifies for the NBA All-star game.
Some of the stars expected to make it to the All-Star squad this year include LeBron James, Rudy Gobert, Paul George, Luka Doncic, and Kawhi Leonard. Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Jaylen Brown, Khris Middleton are also expected to secure a squad. These players have been making significant contributions to their respective teams.
Not all players in the NBA league have embraced the All-Star Game with open arms. Some have openly voiced concerns against the idea of playing such a game. Making the game optional for the stars is one of the proposals that has been brought forth. Such a proposal has its pros and cons. Giving some stars a mid-season break is one of the most cited benefits. One of the cons is that it could reduce the game’s quality when key stars opt-out. Moreover, some don’t see the sense of having an All-Star Game during a season that the COVID-19 pandemic has shortened.