The 2016 NBA All-Star Game will be the 65th edition and is an exhibitionbasketball 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.TNT will televise the game nationally in the United States. TSN and Sportsnet will both televise the game nationally in Canada.
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.
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.