2016 NBA All-Star Game

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2016 NBA All Star Game
2016 NBA All-Star Game logo.jpg
Date February 14, 2016
Arena Air Canada Centre
City Toronto, Ontario, Canada
National anthem TBD
Halftime show Sting
Network TSN and Sportsnet (Canada)
TNT (United States)
Announcers Marv Albert, Reggie Miller and Chris Webber
Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller and Kenny Smith (All-Star Saturday Night)
Matt Winer, Grant Hill and Chris Webber (Rising Stars Challenge)
NBA All-Star Game
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The 2016 NBA All-Star Game will be the 65th edition and is an exhibition basketball game that will be played on Sunday, February 14, 2016. It will be held at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home of the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors were awarded the All-Star Game in an announcement on September 30, 2013. This will be the first time that the game will be held outside the United States.[1] TNT will televise the game nationally in the United States. TSN and Sportsnet will both televise the game nationally in Canada.

All-Star Game[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Although the Golden State Warriors had the best record in the Western Conference, no coach may coach two consecutive All Star Games, therefore making Steve Kerr ineligible. San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich will coach the Western Conference as the Spurs had the second-best record in the West. The Cleveland Cavaliers had the best record in the Eastern Conference, but on January 22, the team fired head coach David Blatt and replaced him with Tyronn Lue. Lue was named the Eastern Conference head coach on January 27 even though he had only coached three games up to that point, albeit earning a 2–1 record in the process.

Tyronn Lue (left) and Gregg Popovich (right) were selected as the East and West head coach, respectively.

Rosters[edit]

The rosters for the All-Star Game are selected through a voting process. The starters are chosen by the fans. Two guards and three frontcourt players who received the highest vote are named the All-Star starters. NBA head coaches vote for the reserves for their respective conferences, none of which can be players on their own team. Each coach selects two guards, three frontcourt players and two wild cards, with each selected player ranked in order of preference within each category. If a multi-position player is to be selected, coaches are encouraged to vote for the player at the position that was "most advantageous for the All-Star team," regardless of where the player was listed on the All-Star ballot or the position he was listed in box scores.[2]

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers topped the ballots this year with 1,891,614 votes, earning Bryant his 18th all-star nod in his final season in the NBA, and also beating out the 2015 leading vote getter Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who was second this year in total votes with 1,604,325. The other players named to the Western Conference starting roster include Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, named to their fifth and seventh All-Star Games respectively, and Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs, who was named to his first career All-Star Game.[3]

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, with 1,089,206 votes, was the leading vote getter in the Eastern Conference, earning James his 12th career all-star nod. Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat was also named a starter to his 12th career all-star game, with a total of 941,466 votes. Rounding out the rest of the Eastern Conference starting lineup was Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors (2nd all-star nod), Paul George of the Indiana Pacers (3rd all-star nod), and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, who was named to his ninth career all-star game.[3]

Game[edit]

February 14, 2016
8:30 pm ET
Western Conference vs. Eastern Conference

All-Star Weekend[edit]

Celebrity Game[edit]

The 2016 NBA Celebrity All-Star Game will be played on February 12th, 2016 at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario.[7][8]

The game will be a matchup of Team Canada vs. Team USA, and will be hosted by Canadian rapper Drake, and 4-time Celebrity game MVP Kevin Hart, respectively. It will feature 18 players, including actors Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Anthony Anderson, Michael B. Jordan, and Bryshere Y. Gray, and TV Hosts Nick Cannon and the Property Brothers. The game will also include four NBA legends in Chauncey Billups, Muggsy Bogues, Tracy McGrady, and Rick Fox, as well as Elena Delle Donne and Natalie Achonwa of the WNBA.[9][10]

February 12
7:00 pm ET
Team USA vs. Team Canada

Rising Stars Challenge[edit]

Further information: Rising Stars Challenge

^INJ Nikola Mirotić was unable to participate due to injury.[12]
^REP Trey Lyles was named as Mirotić's replacement.[12]

February 12
9:00 pm ET
Team World vs. Team USA

Skills Challenge[edit]

Further information: Skills Challenge
Contestants[13]
Pos. Player Team Height Weight
G Patrick Beverley Houston Rockets 6–1 185
G Jordan Clarkson Los Angeles Lakers 6–5 185
G C. J. McCollum Portland Trail Blazers 6–4 200
G Isaiah Thomas Boston Celtics 5–9 185
C DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings 6–11 270
F/C Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 6–10 253
F Draymond Green Golden State Warriors 6–7 230
C Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves 7–0 244
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Three-Point Contest[edit]

Further information: Three-Point Contest

Contestant Devin Booker would be the youngest participant to ever compete in the Three-Point contest at 19 years old.

Contestants[14]
Pos. Player Team Height Weight First round Final round
G Devin Booker Phoenix Suns 6–6 206
F/C Chris Bosh Miami Heat 6–11 235
G Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 6–3 190
G James Harden Houston Rockets 6–5 225
G Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors 6–0 205
F/G Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks 6–8 234
G J. J. Redick Los Angeles Clippers 6–4 190
G Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors 6–7 215

Slam Dunk Contest[edit]

Further information: Slam Dunk Contest

Zach LaVine is looking to become the first back-to-back Slam Dunk Contest winner since Nate Robinson.

Contestants[15]
Pos. Player Team Height Weight First round Final round
G Zach LaVine Minnesota Timberwolves 6–5 189
G Will Barton Denver Nuggets 6–6 175
F Aaron Gordon Orlando Magic 6–9 220
C Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons 6–11 279

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RAPTORS ANNOUNCE 2016 ALL-STAR GAME; NAME DRAKE AMBASSADOR". TSN.ca. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Stein, Marc (January 18, 2013). "1. Reserve Judgment: Stein's All-Star Benches". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Kobe, Curry highlight 2016 list of All-Star starters". NBA.com. January 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "65th NBA All-Star Game". NBA.com. January 28, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Cavaliers' Lue, staff to coach 2016 East All-Stars". NBA.com. January 27, 2016. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Spurs’ Gregg Popovich earns spot as Western Conference head coach for 2016 NBA All-Star Game" (Press release). NBA. January 27, 2016. Archived from the original on January 27, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Toronto to host NBA All-Star 2016". NBA.com. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  8. ^ "2016 NBA All-Star Tickets - NBA All-Star Events | QuintEvents". nba-events.com. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  9. ^ "Drake, Kevin Hart to coach teams at 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game". Bleacher Report. January 14, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  10. ^ Official Release. "Drake and Kevin Hart to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2016: Canada vs. USA". NBA.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Timberwolves’ Wiggins and Towns, Knicks’ Porzingis headline rosters for BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge". NBA.com. January 27, 2016. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "BBVA Rising Stars Challenge". NBA.com. February 3, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Taco Bell Skills Challenge". NBA.com. February 4, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, Sharpshooters take aim in Foot Locker Three-Point Contest". NBA.com. February 4, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Report: Zach LaVine to defend title in Slam Dunk Contest". FoxSports.com. February 3, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 

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