The NBA surprised their fans when they announced the new format of the All-Star Game. In order to make it more competitive and for the participants to shy away from making it an extension of the Slam Dunk and 3-point shooting contests, they made the team captains choose their teammates in a draft instead of having the traditional East vs. West showdown.
Now, the league office has added another twist to the midseason spectacle that could further increase its competitive nature.
It has been reported that players from the winning team will receive $100,000 each, which could entice them to compete harder and have fans watch the best players this season actually compete, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.
ESPN Sources: In an attempt to increase competitive nature of NBA All-Star games, players on winning team to now pocket $100,000 each. https://t.co/uJ2G8OYIpT
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 29, 2018
While $100,000 can be considered a small amount for the players compared to the size of the contracts they have, it still gives them more reason to beat their opponents on top of the usual bragging rights. It will certainly be interesting to see how the players will perform given the new amount the winners are set to receive on Feb. 18.
LeBron James will team up with Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, and Kyrie Irving as the starters with one more to be chosen among reserves Bradley Beal, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Victor Oladipo, Kristaps Porzingis, Paul George, and John Wall.
Stephen Curry and fellow starters of his team in James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Joel Embiid, will be backed up by Damian Lillard, Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green, Kyle Lowry, Klay Thompson, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Al Horford.