All-Star Weekend 2021 Everything You Need to Know
- Despite the belief that the NBA would postpone All-Star Weekend 2021, the league decided to condense the event into a one-night celebration!
- The event will be held in Atlanta, at State Farm Arena.
- NBA All-Star 2021 will be held in support of HBCUs and COVID-19 equity efforts!
The 2021 NBA All-Star game is an exhibition that celebrates the accomplishments of teams and players through the first half of the NBA regular season. NBA All-Star 2021 is the 70th edition of the All-Star Game, its first event being held in 1951.
Where is the NBA All-Star 2021 Being Held?
The 2021 NBA All-Star Game will be held at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. State Farm Arena is home to the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and was the former home of the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL and the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA.
The event was originally awarded to the city of Indianapolis, but due to conflicts with the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, it was moved. This is the third time that Atlanta will host the NBA All-Star Game, previously acting as host in 1978 and 2003.
Will Fans Be Able to Attend NBA All-Star 2021?
NBA All-Star 2021 is a “made-for-TV event” and fans will not be allowed to attend the event in person.
How Can I Watch NBA All-Star 2021?
NBA All-Star 2021 will be broadcasted on TNT and TBS networks.
When is NBA All-Star 2021?
NBA All-Star 2021 will begin on March 7th, 2021. Unlike previous years, NBA All-Star 2021’s schedule has been adjusted due to issues regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The biggest change is that NBA All-Star 2021 has been condensed into a one-day event, versus the three-day affair that it usually is.
Two events have also been removed from NBA All-Star 2021, the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, as well as the Rising Stars Challenge.
NBA All-Star 2021 Schedule
|5:00 PM EST||Coverage Begins|
|6:30 PM EST||Skills Events Begin|
|Taco Bell Skills Challenge (first event)|
|MTN DEW 3-Point Contest (second event)|
|8:00 PM EST||NBA All-Star Game|
|AT&T Slam Dunk Contest (halftime of All-Star Game)|
NBA All-Star 2021 Event Breakdown
While NBA All-Star 2021 is pared down compared to previous years, there are many reasons to get excited. While not every event is being celebrated to its fullest, it is still honoring the accomplishments of the players and teams through the first half of the season.
2021 NBA Rising Stars Challenge
There will be no Rising Stars Challenge this year, due to restrictions put in place by the NBA. However, 20 rookies and sophomores from the USA and abroad were still honorary selections for the event.
Team USA is the reigning winner of the Rising Stars Challenge, after winning the contest in 2020, 151-131.
|Guard||LaMelo Ball||Charlotte Hornets||Rookie|
|Guard||Anthony Edwards||Minnesota Timberwolves||Rookie|
|Guard||Tyrese Haliburton||Sacramento Kings||Rookie|
|Guard||Tyler Herro||Miami Heat||Sophomore|
|Forward||De’Andre Hunter||Atlanta Hawks||Sophomore|
|Guard/Forward||Keldon Johnson||San Antonio Spurs||Sophomore|
|Guard||Ja Morant||Memphis Grizzlies||Sophomore|
|Forward||Michael Porter Jr.||Denver Nuggets||Sophomore|
|Forward||Zion Williamson||New Orleans Pelicans||Sophomore|
|Center||James Wiseman||Golden State Warriors||Rookie|
|Forward||Nigeria||Precious Achiuwa||Miami Heat||Rookie|
|Guard||Canada||Nickeil Alexander-Walker||New Orleans Pelicans||Sophomore|
|Forward||Israel||Deni Avdija||Washington Wizards||Rookie|
|Guard||Canada||RJ Barrett||New York Knicks||Sophomore|
|Guard||Argentina||Facundo Campazzo||Denver Nuggets||Rookie|
|Forward||Canada||Brandon Clarke||Memphis Grizzlies||Sophomore|
|Guard||Canada||Luguentz Dort||Oklahoma City Thunder||Sophomore|
|Forward||Japan||Rui Hachimura||Washington Wizards||Sophomore|
|Guard||France||Theo Maledon||Oklahoma City Thunder||Rookie|
|Guard||Canada||Mychal Mulder||Golden State Warriors||Sophomore|
2021 Taco Bell Skills Challenge
The All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge is an event that tests players’ aptitude amongst common basketball skills. Players go head-to-head through an obstacle course to determine the winner. The champion is decided via a single-elimination tournament format, with a representative of the frontcourt and backcourt meeting in the final.
The reigning champion of the Skills Challenge is Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat, who won the contest in 2020.
Skills Challenge Participants
|Guard/Forward||Robert Covington||Portland Trail Blazers||6’7, 209 lbs|
|Guard||Luka Doncic||Dallas Mavericks||6’7, 230 lbs|
|Guard||Chris Paul||Phoenix Suns||6’0, 175 lbs|
|Forward||Julius Randle||New York Knicks||6’8, 250 lbs|
|Forward||Domantas Sabonis||Indiana Pacers||6’11, 240 lbs|
|Center||Nikola Vucevic||Orlando Magic||6’11, 260 lbs|
Definitely a toss-up due to the nature of the competition, the Skills Challenge Winner is hard to predict. Frontcourt players are underestimated every year and Domantas Sabonis might just be the most skilled big man in the NBA. We’re giving the nod to the Pacers forward.
2021 MTN Dew Three-Point Contest
The Three-Point Contest is an event that tests the NBA’s best shooters of the regular season to see who can make the most three-point field goals in a limited amount of time. Participants shoot from five racks, beginning in either corner of the three-point arc. Made three-point field goals are awarded one or two points depending on the ball sunk – one point for the normal Spalding game ball, two points for the red, white, and blue ABA style ball.
The reigning champion of the NBA All-Star Three-Point Contest is Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings, who won the contest in 2019.
Three-Point Contest Participants
|Position||Player||Team||20-21 3P%||Career 3P%||20-21 3PFGM|
|Guard||Devin Booker||Phoenix Suns||.367||.355||62|
|Guard||Jaylen Brown||Boston Celtics||.389||.373||74|
|Guard||Stephen Curry||Golden State Warriors||.411||.433||169|
|Guard||Zach Lavine||Chicago Bulls||.435||.384||120|
|Guard||Donovan Mitchell||Utah Jazz||.382||.360||113|
|Forward||Jayson Tatum||Boston Celtics||.364||.395||78|
Three-point shooting is brilliant across the entirety of the NBA in today’s game. We’re giving the nod to Suns guard Devin Booker, who owns the highest first-round score in a three-point contest (without four extra money balls).
2021 AT&T Slam Dunk Contest
The NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest has always been the marquee event of the skills weekend. Not condensed into a one-day event, the 2021 NBA Slam Dunk Contest will occur at halftime of the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.
The 2021 Dunk Contest will be a two-round competition. In the first round, each competitor will perform two dunks each, which will be rated on a scale of six to ten by five judges, for a maximum score of 50. The two players with the highest combined score will advance to the final round.
The final round will see the two competitors perform a single dunk and “Judge’s Choice” rather than individual score will determine the winner.
The most recent winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest is Derrick Jones Jr who won as a member of the Miami Heat in 2020.
Slam Dunk Contest Participants
|Guard||Anfernee Simons||Portland Trail Blazers||6’3, 181 lbs|
|Guard||Cassius Stanley||Indiana Pacers||6’5, 190 lbs|
|Forward||Obi Toppin||New York Knicks||6’9, 220 lbs|
The pool for the NBA Slam Dunk Contest is smaller than ever before. We’re giving the nod to Cassius Stanley of the Indiana Pacers. A two-way player with a 44-inch vertical jump, Stanley has the element of surprise and hang time on his side.
2021 NBA All-Star Game
The NBA All-Star Game is an annual celebration that sees some of the best players from the Eastern and Western Conference face off in an exhibition match.
The coaches for the event are representatives of the top-ranked team in each conference. The coaches for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game will be Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers and Quin Snyder of the Utah Jazz.
The starting lineup is selected based on a combination of the fan vote, player vote, and media vote. The remainder of the roster is selected based on coach’s vote.
No longer a competition between Eastern and Western Conference, the leading vote-getters select their team via a draft format. Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets were selected as All-Stars, but will not compete due to injury. Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns and Domantas Sabonis of the Indiana Pacers were selected as their replacements.
|Position||Player||Team||# of ASG Selections|
|Forward||LeBron James||Los Angeles Lakers||17|
|Forward||Giannis Antetokounmpo||Milwaukee Bucks||5|
|Guard||Stephen Curry||Golden State Warriors||7|
|Guard||Luka Doncic||Dallas Mavericks||2|
|Center||Nikola Jokic||Denver Nuggets||3|
|Guard||Damian Lillard||Portland Trail Blazers||6|
|Guard||Ben Simmons||Philadelphia 76ers||3|
|Guard||Chris Paul||Phoenix Suns||11|
|Guard||Jaylen Brown||Boston Celtics||1|
|Guard||Paul George||LA Clippers||7|
|Forward||Domantas Sabonis||Indiana Pacers||1|
|Center||Rudy Gobert||Utah Jazz||2|
|Position||Player||Team||# of ASG Selections|
|Guard||Kyrie Irving||Brooklyn Nets||7|
|Center||Joel Embiid||Philadelphia 76ers||4|
|Forward||Kawhi Leonard||LA Clippers||5|
|Guard||Bradley Beal||Washington Wizards||3|
|Forward||Jayson Tatum||Boston Celtics||2|
|Guard||James Harden||Brooklyn Nets||9|
|Guard||Devin Booker||Phoenix Suns||2|
|Forward||Zion Williamson||New Orleans Pelicans||1|
|Guard||Zach LaVine||Chicago Bulls||1|
|Forward||Julius Randle||New York Knicks||1|
|Center||Nikola Vucevic||Orlando Magic||2|
|Guard||Donovan Mitchell||Utah Jazz||2|
An All-Star Game is incredibly difficult to predict. Durant’s team seems to have the more athletic players, while James’ team is filled with skilled players. In his never-ending pursuit for greatness, we see Team LeBron taking the victory in NBA All-Star 2021.
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