Why Everything Is Different For This Year's NBA All-Star Game

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Here is the 5 best things to watch for during NBA All-Star Weekend 2018. Clearly in any All-Star game, the effort level of players is not going to be at playoff level, but the NBA All-Star game is notorious for lackluster effort and poor quality.

"It's 50/50 now because before, most of the really good players were on teams in the West, so the game wasn't as fair as it could've been". Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma will play for the US, though the hometown Lakers lost out on a third player when Lonzo Ball had to pull out because of injury. Here are the player rankings.

This event, which essentially is a rookies versus sophomores game, pits Team USA vs. Team World in a game featuring some of the most exciting young players in the league. How is this a celebration of the world's best players and the league itself if not all 30 teams are represented in the game?

We'll be happy if some of these celebrities even score around six points in this game.

The NBA All Star weekend will continue into Saturday with the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge which will be broadcasted on TNT at 8pm ET. Either way, this weekend is among the most important to both franchises, in answering who will fill that void, as any in the last five years.

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The third and final contest on Saturday night will be the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest, the average fan's favorite part of All-Star weekend. Players will go dunk for dunk, in a series of elimination.

With Victor Oladipo, Larry Nance Jr., Dennis Smith Jr., and Donovan Mitchell squaring off in the dunk contest, we're definitely gonna be treated to some wild bunnies. And for the players and coaches who are not a part of the festivities, they're afforded a chance to spend upwards of a week resting and relaxing, usually somewhere warm and sunny, before the start of the stretch run of the National Basketball Association season.

Afterwards, captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry agreed the draft should've been televised. However, fans were allowed to vote once per day, every day while the voting window was open, drastically skewing the votes. Host the draft right before the game, and televise it.

Among the four biggest sports leagues, the National Basketball Association has the largest following across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

"With the original lineup, I felt like Team LeBron had a chance, but with all the injuries and replacements, not anymore".

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