Ahead of Sunday night’s NBA All-Star game, ESPN’s NBA writers tackled the problem of how to make the game more competitive. This year’s addition of the All-Star draft, which allowed team captains LeBron James and Steph Curry to select their own squads after the All-Stars were determined, suggests that more changes are not out of the question. The writers toss out several ideas — in-game trades would be particularly exciting — before settling on a 3-on-3 tournament to replace the lackluster conventional game. In the hypothetical new system, the eight top vote-getters would enter a draft to select their two teammates, and then the eight squads would face-off in a three-round, half-court tournament split between Friday and Sunday night. The idea would generate a pickup vibe to the festivities and make the eight-team draft a must-watch event.
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