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NBA All-Star Weekend is here! This is the third consecutive year in which captains participated in a fantasy draft and selected their own teams, a change from the traditional East vs. West format.All-Star captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo have made their draft picks. All-Star Saturday night participants have been unveiled. Rising Stars and celebrity…

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NBA All-Star Game 2020

NBA All-Star Weekend is here! This is the third consecutive year in which captains participated in a fantasy draft and selected their own teams, a change from the traditional East vs. West format.

All-Star captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo have made their draft picks. All-Star Saturday night participants have been unveiled. Rising Stars and celebrity game rosters are set.

Here’s what we’re watching as the league’s best showcase their skills in Chicago.

MORE: Draft results & rosters | Best of All-Star | FAQs | Latest news

Best Moments of Rising Stars

Pau Gasol and Sue Bird discuss the impact that David Stern and Kobe Bryant had on the game of basketball, prior to #NBARisingStars. pic.twitter.com/TRt61DdLVm

— NBA (@NBA) February 15, 2020

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 15, 2020

🐍MAMBA X MAMBACITA🐍 #RISINGSTARS pic.twitter.com/caGKPo15rb

— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) February 15, 2020

— ESPN (@espn) February 15, 2020

— ESPN (@espn) February 15, 2020

Zion Lol

— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) February 15, 2020

— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 15, 2020

Miles came out with the off-the-backbord dunk after tweeting this at halftime 😆 https://t.co/I2ei7lyHZn

— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 15, 2020

💥 MILES BRIDGES ROCKS THE RIM 💥#NBARisingStars on TNT pic.twitter.com/JGvupFWiEZ

— NBA (@NBA) February 15, 2020

😏 https://t.co/ogDF6YGeim

— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) February 15, 2020


Best Moments of All-Star Celebrity Game: Team Wilbon 62, Team Stephen A. 47

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Stephen A. Smith and Michael Wilbon are introduced as their teams prepare to square off in the Celebrity All-Star Game.

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Stephen A. Smith and Michael Wilbon offer remarks to honor the late Kobe Bryant and David Stern prior to the Celebrity All-Star Game.

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Relive the best moments from the Celebrity All-Star game, including Darius Miles’ block, Stephen A. Smith getting T’d up, and Spice Adams’ legendary moment.

The pre-game pep talk. This game is no joke, DAMNIT! #CelebGame pic.twitter.com/nFVtNVBchF

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) February 15, 2020

The Chicago connection. @AntDavis23 🤝 @common pic.twitter.com/s6ShB0tp0q

— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 15, 2020

.@QuavoStuntin with the mean block on @common 🖐 pic.twitter.com/46LTetD8ir

— ESPN (@espn) February 15, 2020

Stephen A. and Katelyn Ohashi tried to be slick with this sub 🤣 pic.twitter.com/qOzVkZ9H17

— ESPN (@espn) February 15, 2020

This is a family show, @21Blackking 😂 pic.twitter.com/h5iYPWXvNu

— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 15, 2020

That halftime lead feeling … pic.twitter.com/zu7E29NdB1

— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) February 15, 2020

First half analysis: we AIN’T getting ANY calls! pic.twitter.com/hw5Q0xnW8b

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) February 15, 2020

Horace Grant and Nate Robinson have joined the fun at the Celebrity Game. pic.twitter.com/jn7KvG1vZL

— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 15, 2020

These refs have some damn nerve giving me a technical. BLASPHEMOUS! pic.twitter.com/Qw5pnHGEcf

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) February 15, 2020

Cream E. Biggums with the handles 😤 pic.twitter.com/ShQ5BjY1ZO

— ESPN (@espn) February 15, 2020

Congratulations to @common on the Celebrity Game MVP! pic.twitter.com/gcW1mp7PoF

— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) February 15, 2020

All-Star Saturday Night | Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (TNT)

The skills contest is designed to showcase a little bit of everything — quick dribbling through obstacles, throwing bounce passes and chest passes through cylinders, an end-to-end run for a layup and back the other way for a pull-up 3. It’s a head-to-head tournament format, and the fastest time advances. There’s always the fine line to walk of trying hard without looking like you’re trying too hard, which is why Patrick Beverley is a popular pick — he’s going full speed.

But keep an eye on the sneaky, skilled bigs who want to show up their ballhandling brethren. Which is why Miami Heat star Bam Adebayo might be the low-key favorite.

The 3-point contest is getting a small tweak to it for the eight-player field. There are the standard four racks with four regular balls plus one money ball that is worth two points. Then there’s the all-money rack, where each ball counts for two, placed at the shooter’s desired location.

But the new twist is an additional two balls — colored green — that will be 6 feet behind the line and worth three points apiece. There are two rounds, with the three highest scores moving on to the finals, where highest total wins.

Joe Harris is the defending champ, but Davis Bertans might be the pick. Not only is the Wizards sharpshooter completely lights out, but he’s one of the best long-range shooters in the NBA, playing right into the revamped rules.

There are no changes to the dunk contest this year, but we do get a blast from the past.

Aaron Gordon is an easy pick because he helped produce one of the most memorable duels of all time alongside Zach LaVine in 2016. Derrick Jones Jr. can get up too, and has previous dunk contest experience.

And Superman returns!

The nostalgia factor alone makes Dwight Howard a popular pick to win, but how much bounce remains in those 34-year-old legs remains a question.

Keep an eye on dark horse Pat Connaughton, though. He didn’t make it by accident. After all, 44-inch verticals give people a lot of time to do cool things in midair. And he might already have something up his sleeve.

— Royce Young

All-Star triple threats: Who could dominate Saturday night?


All-Star Game | Sunday, 8 p.m. ET (TNT)

This year’s game features plenty of changes, from the score resetting after each quarter to the winner being decided using an Elam-style finish that will also honor Kobe Bryant.

Still, there is one important thing that will remain the same: 24 of the best players in the world will go head-to-head until one side comes out on top.

Here’s a quick look at some of the key things to watch as this year’s edition of the league’s annual midseason showcase unfolds inside Chicago’s United Center:

Matchup to watch: Giannis vs. everyone

Over his six-plus seasons in the NBA, Giannis Antetokounmpo has proved himself to be as competitive and driven as anyone in the sport. There’s little doubt that, over the past couple weeks, he’s heard the comments about how his team doesn’t measure up to the one LeBron James has drafted. And there is equally little doubt that if there is anyone who would play hard enough in an All-Star Game to try to overcome those doubters, it would be the Greek Freak.

The question here is whether that will be enough to overcome what is a pretty clear talent gap between the two sides. If it works out that way, however, then we all know who the MVP of the game will be.

Teammate vs. teammate!

There are only two matchups of teammates going up against one another in Sunday’s game: Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker vs. forward Jayson Tatum, and Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons vs. center Joel Embiid.

For Simmons and Embiid, this is nothing new — the two of them faced off against one another last season, after Antetokounmpo and James engineered a draft-night trade to send Simmons from Team Giannis to Team LeBron. But this is a first-time thing for both Walker and Tatum — Walker because he’s never had a teammate in the All-Star Game before and Tatum because he’s never been there at all.

Walker said Thursday that he hasn’t given Tatum any advice on how to handle it.

“It’s an experience you just have to go through,” Walker said. “Whatever he’s feeling, he’s supposed to feel that way. It’s his first time, he doesn’t know what to expect, he’s an All-Star, man. That’s it. I’m super proud of him, he deserves it. It’s going to be fun.”

Dark horse MVP pick: Trae Young

Yes, it is Young’s first time as an All-Star. But he also has the perfect game for this format: the ability (and willingness) to launch from 30 or 40 feet with abandon, as well as throwing all sorts of crazy passes to players either spotting up for 3s or flying to the basket for rim-rocking dunks (the fact that no defense is required doesn’t hurt, either).

And if you really want to go deeper down the rosters, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Bookerthe last player into the game — is another intriguing choice. Another first-time participant, Booker might not get enough time on the court to make a run at the award. If he does, there are few guys who can score as quickly as he can — which is the perfect recipe for getting yourself in contention to win this game’s MVP award.

— Tim Bontemps

Experts’ picks: Team LeBron or Team Giannis?

2020 All-Star draft results

Team LeBron James*

1. Anthony Davis*, Lakers

2. Kawhi Leonard*, Clippers

3. Luka Doncic*, Mavericks

4. James Harden*, Rockets

5. Devin Booker^, Suns

6. Ben Simmons, 76ers

7. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets

8. Jayson Tatum, Celtics

9. Chris Paul, Thunder

10. Russell Westbrook, Rockets

11. Domantas Sabonis, Pacers

^Replaces Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard

Team Giannis Antetokounmpo*

1. Joel Embiid*, 76ers

2. Pascal Siakam*, Raptors

3. Kemba Walker*, Celtics

4. Trae Young*, Hawks

5. Khris Middleton, Bucks

6. Bam Adebayo, Heat

7. Rudy Gobert, Jazz

8. Jimmy Butler, Heat

9. Kyle Lowry, Raptors

10. Brandon Ingram, Pelicans

11. Donovan Mitchell, Jazz

* Voted in as starters


All-Star Saturday Night rosters

3-point contest


Trae Young | Hawks

Zach LaVine | Bulls

Buddy Hield | Kings

Duncan Robinson | Heat

Joe Harris | Nets

Davis Bertans | Wizards

Devonte’ Graham | Hornets

Devin Booker* | Suns

* Replacing Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard

Slam dunk contest

Dwight Howard | Lakers

Aaron Gordon | Magic

Derrick Jones Jr. | Heat

Pat Connaughton | Bucks

Skills challenge


Jayson Tatum | Celtics


Pascal Siakam | Raptors


Bam Adebayo | Heat


Domantas Sabonis | Pacers

Patrick Beverley | Clippers

Khris Middleton | Bucks

Spencer Dinwiddie | Nets

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander* | Thunder

* Replacing Pistons’ Derrick Rose


NBA Rising Stars Challenge

United States

Zion Williamson | Pelicans


Trae Young | Hawks

Ja Morant | Grizzlies

Jaren Jackson Jr. | Grizzlies

Kendrick Nunn | Heat

Eric Paschall | Warriors

Devonte’ Graham | Hornets

Miles Bridges | Hornets

PJ Washington | Hornets

Collin Sexton* | Cavaliers

* Replacing Heat’s Tyler Herro

World


Luka Doncic | Mavericks (Slovenia)

RJ Barrett | Knicks (Canada)

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander | Thunder (Canada)

Nickeil Alexander-Walker | Pelicans (Canada)

Brandon Clarke | Grizzlies (Canada)

Rui Hachimura | Wizards (Japan)

Moritz Wagner | Wizards (Germany)

Svi Mykhailiuk | Pistons (Ukraine)

Josh Okogie | Timberwolves (Nigeria)

Nicolo Melli* | Pelicans (Italy)

* Replacing Suns’ Deandre Ayton


All-Star Celebrity Game

Team Stephen A.


Chance The Rapper (captain) | Rapper


Anthony “Spice” Adams | TV host, former NFL tackle


Taylor Bennett | Rapper


LaRoyce Hawkins | Actor


Lil Rel Howery | Actor, comedian


Marc Lasry | Bucks co-owner


Darius Miles | Former NBA forward


Katelyn Ohashi | former UCLA gymnast


Quavo | Rapper, one third of Migos


Ronnie 2K | Digital marketing director, 2K


A’ja Wilson | Forward, Las Vegas Aces

Team Wilbon


Common (captain) | Rapper, actor


Jose Andres | Celebrity chef


Jon Batiste | Musician


Kane Brown | Country artist


Bad Bunny | Reggaeton artist


Hannibal Buress | Actor, comedian


Famous Los | Rapper


Chelsea Gray | Guard, Los Angeles Sparks


Jidenna | Rapper


Alex Moffat | “Saturday Night Live” cast member


Quentin Richardson | Former NBA guard

All-Star triple threats

Could anyone in the NBA sweep All-Star Saturday? We pick five superstars and one legend who are ready for action.


All-Star mock draft: The most fun teams possible

The All-Star draft is done, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun. Kirk Goldsberry built an All-Star mock draft that ensures the best possible game between Team Giannis and Team LeBron — one that is somewhat based in reality, and somewhat just based on our own basketball desires.


Shot chart trivia: Guess that All-Star!

We have the official selections for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. But how well do you know these dudes? Let’s see how you fare in our third edition of shot chart trivia.

All-Star Game FAQs

What is the new All-Star Game format?

This year’s All-Star Game will be all about honoring Kobe Bryant.

In a major change to the All-Star format, the NBA announced it will turn every quarter into a mini-game for charity before an untimed final quarter with a target score that will decide which team wins. Scores will be reset — back to 0-0 — at the start of the second and third quarters, then restored to begin the fourth quarter.

That’s where the tribute to Bryant and the No. 24 jersey he wore for the final decade of his NBA career comes into play. The team that wins the All-Star Game will be the first to reach a target score, determined by the total points the team in the lead scored in the first three quarters combined — plus 24, the obvious nod to Bryant.

How does the All-Star voting process work?

Beginning in 2016-17, current players and media joined the fans in the voting process. Fans account for 50% of the vote to determine the starters, while players and media account for 25% each. Once votes are tallied, players are ranked in each conference by position (guard and frontcourt) within each of the three voting groups.

Each player’s score is calculated by averaging his weighted rank from the fans, players and media. The two guards and three frontcourt players with the best score in each conference are named starters. Fan votes serve as the tiebreaker for players in a position group with the same score.

The seven reserves from each conference are selected by NBA head coaches. If there needs to be an injury replacement, that pick is determined by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

How are captains and teams selected?

Instead of the traditional East vs. West format, the NBA moved to a new format in 2018, where two captains pick the teams from a pool of 24 players who are voted in by fans, media and players.

The captains are the All-Star starters who earn the most fan votes in their respective conferences. Alternating picks, the captains draft the eight remaining players from the starter pool in the first round and then all 14 players from the reserve pool in the second round, making selections without regard to a player’s conference affiliation or position.

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