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The National Basketball Association All-Star weekend is a weekend festival held every February during the middle of the NBA regular season that consists of a variety of basketball events, exhibitions and performances culminating in the NBA All-Star Game held on Sunday night. No regular season games are held during this period, which is also known as the All-Star break.[1] It is right after the trade deadline.

The All-Star Game[edit]

The All-Star Game, held on Sunday, is the main event of the weekend. The game showcases a mix of the league's star players, who are drafted by the two players with the most votes. Each team consists of 12 players, making it 24 in total. It is the featured event of NBA All-Star weekend. NBA All-Star weekend is a three-day event which goes from Friday to Sunday. The All-Star Game was first played at the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. In 2024, the game will be played in Indianapolis. Featuring the leagues greatest stars, including Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and LeBron James. Giannis Antetokounmpo is representing the Eastern Conference. In 2024, a new event will be featured, called the Steph versus Sabrina (NBA vs WNBA). These two are regarded as the best shooters in their leagues. A three point contest was held to decide who is the greatest shooter, and the result was Stephen Curry beat Sabrina Ionescu by a score of 29-26.[2]

The starting lineup for each squad is selected by a combination of fan, player, and media voting, while the reserves are chosen by a vote among the head coaches from each squad's respective conference.[3] Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players. If a selected player is injured and cannot participate, the NBA commissioner selects a replacement. The vote leaders for each conferences are assigned as captains and can choose from a pool of players named as all-stars to form their teams. The newly formed teams will also play for a charity of choice to help the games remain competitive. On January 25, 2018, LeBron James and Stephen Curry became the first players to form their own teams according to the new selection format for the 2018 All-Star Game.[4]

The 2017 game was held at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA, home of the New Orleans Pelicans. The 2018 NBA All-Star Game was held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. The 2019 NBA All-Star Game was held at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC, home of the Charlotte Hornets.[5] The 2020 NBA All-Star Game was hosted by The United Center in Chicago, IL, home of the Chicago Bulls.[6] The 2021 NBA All-Star Game was played at the State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA, home of the Atlanta Hawks. The 2022 NBA All-Star was held at Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah, home of the Utah Jazz.

Events of All-Star weekend[edit]

Carmelo Anthony receiving an alley-oop during the 2004 Rookie Challenge game.

The NBA Jam Session, a "theme park of basketball", has been a part of the All-Star festivities since 1993, with fans able to take part in numerous interactive basketball related activities from Thursday through Monday. The NBA Jam Session is usually targeted to young fans


  • NBA All-Star Celebrity Game: First held in 2003, the game features retired NBA players, WNBA players, actors, musicians, media influencers, and athletes from sports other than basketball.
  • Rising Stars Challenge: From 1994 until 1999, the event was called the "Rookie Game," and composed entirely of first-year players. From 2000 through 2011, the game, renamed the "Rookie Challenge", featured a team of first-year players ('Rookies') against a team of second-year players ('Sophomores'). The 2012 game debuted a new name, the "Rising Stars Challenge", and a new format. While the game continued to feature first- and second-year players, the participants were assigned to teams in a "fantasy draft" by two honorary captains (Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal in 2012 and 2013, Grant Hill and Chris Webber in 2014). In 2015, the Rising Stars Challenge format was switched again to a USA vs the World format. In 2022, the format was changed yet again, as a mini tournament of 4 teams drafted by honorary captains (Rick Barry, Gary Payton, Isiah Thomas, and James Worthy) and included prospects from the NBA G League.[7]
  • G League Dream Factory Friday Night: First held in 2008, the events includes a slam dunk contest and a three-point shootout. These events were modeled after the NBA All-Star Saturday Night events.


  • G League All-Star Game: First held in 2007, this game features the best players from the NBA G League. The first winner was the East by a score of 114–100. The G League All-Star game was not held in the same arena as all the other All-Star Saturday activities. Instead, it was held on NBA Jam Session's practice court.
  • Slam Dunk Contest: This competition showcases the creativity and athletic ability of some of the league's best and youngest dunkers. The specific rules of the contest are decided each year, but the competition is always judged subjectively. After each dunk, or attempted dunk, competitors are awarded a mark out of 50 from five judges, giving a possible average high score of 50. The usual rules of 'traveling' and double dribbling do not apply. The most recent winner is Mac McClung of the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • Three-Point Contest: The league's best three point shooters shoot five basketballs from five different spots around the three-point line. Each shot is worth one point except the last ball of each rack (informally called 'money balls'), which is worth two points. The highest score available in one round has been 34 points since 2014, when the format changed so that in addition to the last ball of every rack, one of the five racks would contain entirely money balls. In 2020, two Mountain Dew shots from further away, worth three points each, were added, bringing the maximum score to 40. The shooters have 70 seconds to shoot the basketballs. The most recent winner is Damian Lillard, then of the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • Skills Challenge: Making its debut in 2003, the Skills Challenge pits selected players in a timed obstacle course of dribbling, shooting and passing. Agility, quickness and accuracy all come into play. The most recent winners were Tyrese Haliburton, Myles Turner, and Bennedict Mathurin of the Indiana Pacers in 2024.


Former events[edit]


  1. ^ DuPree, David (February 12, 2002). "NBA's brightest stars set to collide". USA Today. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012.
  2. ^ https://www.nba.com/watch/video/full-focus-steph-curry-wins-first-ever-3-point-challenge-vs-sabrina-ionescu
  3. ^ "How NBA's new voting format determined All-Star starters, snubs". ESPN.com. 2017-01-20. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  4. ^ "NBA All-Star Game draft results: LeBron James, Stephen Curry select their teams". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  5. ^ "2019 NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte | Charlotte's got a lot".
  6. ^ "NBA All-Star Game - February 16, 2020 | United Center".
  7. ^ Schuhmann, John. "Team Barry wins Clorox Rising Stars, Cade Cunningham named MVP". NBA. Retrieved February 19, 2022.
  8. ^ "2022 Rising Stars Recap: Haliburton Wins Clutch Challenge". Indiana Pacers. Retrieved 2022-02-19.
  9. ^ "TNT to air H-O-R-S-E game featuring NBA players" (Press release). NBA. February 5, 2009. Retrieved June 21, 2009.

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