All-Star Weekend 2022 Everything You Need to Know

  • Cleveland, Ohio will host the NBA’s 71st edition of the NBA All-Star Game!
  • After what was a condensed weekend in 2021, NBA fans will enjoy a three-day event with some exciting changes!
  • Team LeBron and Team Durant face off to close the 2022 All-Star Weekend festivities!

The NBA All-Star Game is a yearly exhibition that celebrates the accomplishments of the NBA’s most impressive players through the first phase of the regular season. This time out we’ll be enjoying the league’s 71st NBA All-Star game in the 75th season!

NBA All-Star 2022 Schedule

Date Time Event Channel
Fri, Feb 18 7:00 PM EST Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game ESPN
9:00 PM EST Clorox Rising Stars TNT
Sat, Feb 19 11:00 AM EST NBA All-Star Practice Presented by AT&T NBA TV
2:00 PM EST NBA x HBCU Classic Presented by AT&T TNT, ESPN2
8:00 PM EST State Farm All-Star Saturday Night TNT
– Taco Bell Skills Challenge TNT
– MTN DEW 3-Point Contest TNT
– AT&T Slam Dunk TNT
Sun, Feb 20 12:00 PM EST NBA Legends Awards NBA TV
2:00 PM EST NBA G League Next Gem Game NBA TV
8:00 PM EST 71st NBA All-Star Game TNT

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Where is 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend Being Held?

The 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend will be hosted at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is the home of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters.

After last year’s All-Star Weekend was condensed to a one-night affair, this year’s festivities will go back to its original format over a three-day schedule.

Will Fans Be Able to Attend NBA All-Star 2022?

After last year’s All-Star Weekend in Atlanta was a “television-only” event, this year’s event will welcome fans back into attendance.

However, according to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, all fans attending tickets events at NBA All-Star 2022 from February 18th-20th must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

How Can I Watch NBA All-Star 2022?

NBA All-Star Weekend 2022 will be broadcast on ESPN, NBA TV, TNT, and TBS networks. Availability may vary depending on your region.

NBA All-Star 2022 Event Breakdown

NBA All-Star Weekend presents a variety of events that celebrate the NBA and its players. Whether they be ceremonial or competitive, all events are crucial to the All-Star festivities.

We’ll be focusing on the showcase events for the weekend: The Rising Stars Challenge, All-Star Saturday Night, and the NBA All-Star Game!

2022 NBA Rising Stars Challenge

The NBA Rising Stars Challenge celebrates the league’s best youth, talent, and diversity! The league’s best rookies and sophomores have competed since the competitions debut as The Rookie Challenge in 1994. In the 2022 NBA Rising Stars Challenge, fans will see a new format!

12 rookies, 12 sophomores, and 4 G-League Ignite players have been selected and distributed amongst four teams. The teams will compete against each other in a tournament formant. Rather than being played on a time limit, the teams will compete to reach a target score. Each team will be coached by an NBA legend.

Let’s take a look at the teams that will compete in this year’s Rising Stars Challenge!

Rising Stars: Team Barry

Player Position Team
Evan Mobley Forward Cleveland Cavaliers
Cade Cunningham Guard Detroit Pistons
Franz Wagner Forward Orlando Magic
Jae’Sean Tate Forward Houston Rockets
Isaac Okoro Forward Cleveland Cavaliers
Alperen Sengun Center Houston Rockets
Dyson Daniel Guard G League Ignite

NBA Legend Rick Barry leads a team headlined by four of the NBA’s most promising rookies! Evan Mobley, Cade Cunningham, Franz Wagner, and Alperen Sengun combine for one of the tournament’s most intimidating groups. With Mobley locking down the paint, Team Barry’s offensive potential makes them favorites.

Rising Stars: Team Thomas

Player Position Team
Anthony Edwards Guard Minnesota Timberwolves
Saddiq Bey Forward Detroit Pistons
Desmond Bane Guard Memphis Grizzlies
Isaiah Stewart Center Detroit Pistons
Tyrese Haliburton Guard Indiana Pacers
Precious Achiuwa Forward Toronto Raptors
Jaden Hardy Guard G League Ignite

Legendary Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas leads Team Thomas, who forms the tournament’s grittiest unit. Anthony Edwards and Tyrese Haliburton are two sophomore guards who will command a lot of respect. Surrounding them are some of the league’s toughest young players in Saddiq Bey, Desmond Bane, Isaiah Stewart, and Precious Achiuwa. Defensively, Team Thomas stands out.

Rising Stars: Team Payton

Player Position Team
LaMelo Ball Guard Charlotte Hornets
Scottie Barnes Forward Toronto Raptors
Jaden McDaniels Forward Minnesota Timberwolves
Ayo Dosunmu Guard Chicago Bulls
Chris Duarte Guard Indiana Pacers
Davion Mitchell Guard Sacramento Kings
Scoot Henderson Guard G League Ignite

One of the NBA’s greatest ever defenders, Gary Payton leads an exciting team of stars. Led by 2021 NBA Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball, Team Payton will definitely get up and down the court with pace. Supporting him will be 2022 NBA Rookie of the Year candidate Scottie Barnes of the Toronto Raptors, whose versatility is unmatched in his class. Much like coach Gary Payton, Team Payton presents a versatile and flashy lineup!

Rising Stars: Team Worthy

Player Position Team
Cole Anthony Guard Orlando Magic
Josh Giddey Guard Oklahoma City Thunder
Jalen Green Guard Houston Rockets
Herbert Jones Forward New Orleans Pelicans
Jalen Suggs Guard Orlando Magic
Tyrese Maxey Guard Philadelphia 76ers
MarJon Beauchamp Forward G League Ignite

Los Angeles Lakers Legend James Worthy leads a team of some of the Rising Stars Challenge’s best playmakers. Rockets guard Jalen Green leads the way with electric playmakers like Josh Giddey, Cole Anthony, and Jalen Suggs behind him. Expect acrobatics and pace when Team Worthy takes the court!

Our Pick:

Team Barry

It’s difficult to choose between teams comprised of the top players in their class. Despite being led by three rookies, Team Barry gets the nod due to their all-around scoring ability and playmaking potential. In a race for points, playmaking will be key!

2022 Taco Bell Skills Challenge

The All-Stars Skills Challenge is a competition that tests players’ shooting, passing, and dribbling ability. While we have seen formats that include relays, head-to-heads, and positional competition, NBA fans will enjoy a new format for 2022!

Under the new format for the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, three teams of three players will compete in a four-round competition that tests their overall basketball skill. The teams are as follows:

Team Rooks

Pos. Player Team
F Scottie Barnes Toronto Raptors
G Cade Cunningham Detroit Pistons
G Josh Giddey Oklahoma City Thunder

Team Cavs

Pos. Player Team
C Jarrett Allen Cleveland Cavaliers
G Darius Garland Cleveland Cavaliers
C/F Evan Mobley Cleveland Cavaliers

Team Antetokounmpo

Pos. Player Team
F Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
F Alex Antetokounmpo Raptors 905
F Thanasis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

Here is a round-by-round explanation of the Skills Challenge and a Points system.

  • Round 1: Team Shooting (All Teams)
    • All players will compete with two teammates rebounding. Players have 30 seconds to shoot from five different positions on the court.
  • Round 2: Team Passing (All Teams)
    • Each team will have 30 seconds to complete passes into three oversized moving targets at varying distances. Each team must make at least one pass attempt to each target, and individual players cannot make consecutive passes to the same target.
  • Round 3: Team Relay (All Teams)
    • All players from each team will participate in a timed relay. The team with the fastest time will win the round.
  • Final Round: Half-court Shots (Two Teams)
    • The two teams that reach the final will compete with each player attempting to make a half-court shot. Team 1 will set the time to beat with a made shot or the expiration of the clock (max time of 1 minute, 30 seconds). The team with the fastest time will be declared the winner.

Our Pick:

Team Rooks

Pace, playmaking, shooting, Team Rooks has it all. While Team Antetokounmpo has the reigning MVP and team Cleveland has home court advantage, Team Rooks projects to have the all-around advantage with the three most versatile players in their class!

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MTN DEW 3-Point Contest

The Three-Point Contest is an event that tests the NBA’s best shooters to see who will be the three-point king! Participants will shoot from five racks, beginning in either corner of the three-point arc. Made three-point shots are awarded one or two points based on the ball sunk – one point for a normal ball, two points for the colored ball.

The reigning champion of the Three-Point Competition is Stephen Curry.

Three-Point Participants

Pos. Player Team 3P%
G CJ McCollum New Orleans Pelicans 37.9%
G Trae Young Atlanta Hawks 37.6%
G Zach LaVine Chicago Bulls 39.9%
F Desmond Bane Memphis Grizzlies 41.2%
C Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves 40.6%
G Fred VanVleet Toronto Raptors 39.7%
G Luke Kennard Los Angeles Clippers 43.1%
G Patty Mills Brooklyn Nets 42.2%

Our Pick:

Fred VanVleet (Toronto Raptors)

This projects to be one of the most exciting competitions of the weekend, with very little between the competitors. Amongst the group, Vanvleet shines as he enters with the most total three-point field goals (197) on 4.0 three-pointers per game through the regular season.

AT&T Slam Dunk Contest

The marquee event of All-Star Saturday Night, the NBA Slam Dunk Contest brings together some of the league’s best high fliers into competition.

This year’s Slam Dunk Contest will be a two-round competition. Five judges will score each dunk on a scale of 6 to 10, with judges being named at a later date.

All competitors will get two dunks in the first round, while the two players with the highest combined score will get two dunks in the final round. The dunker with the highest combined final round score will be named the champion!

Pos. Player Team Height Weight
G Cole Anthony Orlando Magic 6-3 185 lbs
G Jalen Green Houston Rockets 6-4 186 lbs
F Obi Toppin New York Knicks 6-9 220 lbs
F Juan Toscano-Anderson Houston Rockets 6-6 209 lbs

Our Pick:

Jalen Green (Houston Rockets)

Amongst a group of high fliers, rookie sensation Jalen Green stands out amongst the group. Not only does Green boast the in-game resume as a sensational dunker, his creativity and jumping ability has been on display since his high school years. Already one of the league’s most explosive athletes, Green is our pick as this year’s Slam Dunk Champion!

2022 NBA All-Star Game

The NBA All-Star Game is an annual celebration that sees the best players from the Eastern and Western Conference compete in an exhibition match.

Coaches and staff for the event are representatives of the top-ranked team in each conference. This year’s coaches will be Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat and Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns.

The starting lineups of each team are selected based on a combination of fan, player, and media vote. The league’s coaches select the remainder of the roster.

The leading vote getters captain their respective teams and select players via a draft format. This year’s captains are LeBron James and Kevin Durant – though Durant will not be participating due to injury.

Team LeBron

Pos. Player Team # of ASG Selections
F LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers 18
F Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks 6
C Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets 4
G DeMar DeRozan Chicago Bulls 5
G Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 8
G Luka Doncic Dallas Mavericks 3
G Darius Garland Cleveland Cavaliers 1
G Chris Paul Phoenix Suns 12
F Jimmy Butler Miami Heat 6
G Donovan Mitchell Utah Jazz 3
G Fred VanVleet Toronto Raptors 1
G James Harden Philadelphia 76ers 10

Team Durant

Pos. Player Team # of ASG Selections
F Andrew Wiggins Golden State Warriors 1
F Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics 3
C Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers 5
G Ja Morant Memphis Grizzlies 1
G Trae Young Atlanta Hawks 2
G Devin Booker Phoenix Suns 3
C Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves 3
G Zach LaVine Chicago Bulls 2
G Dejounte Murray** San Antonio Spurs 1
F Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks 3
G LeMelo Ball* Charlotte Hornets 1
C Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz 3

* Ball was selected as Kevin Durant’s injury replacement.

** Murray was selected as Draymond Green’s injury replacement.

Our Pick:

Team LeBron

Team LeBron looks like the heavy favorite to take the 71st annual All-Star Game. While anything is possible in an exhibition, Team LeBron is filled with the perfect balance of perennial All-Star and rising talent. Add to that LeBron James’ amazing All-Star Game record, Team LeBron should come out the winner.

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