This year’s NBA All Star contest happens on February 20 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. After last season’s less optimal All Star game, this season’s star game should attract more action than usual. Check out everything you must know about the NBA All Star Game to help bridge the gap between Super Bowl LVI and the March Madness NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament.
The annual pro basketball celebrity event is a chance for fans to see NBA All Star players throw down against each other. As in past seasons, two of the top players in the world, LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant with the Brooklyn Nets, will draft players before the February 20 game.
LJ is one of the greatest all star players in history. Durant is up there as well. So when the two titans of hoops draft, you can expect plenty of trash-talking fun to ensue.
For pay per head bookie agents, the NBA All Star contest won’t come close to garnering the action an NFL game in Week 8 attracts. But although the all star game won’t attract a ton of action, it can act as a nice bridge after the Super Bowl and heading into March.
The NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament tips off on the Ides of March, the day Brutus and Cassius conspired to murder Julius Caesar. That’s March 15 for those who don’t remember the historical day.
Not only that, but the NBA All Star Weekend should provide plenty of good cheer, much more, anyhow, than the 2021 version. With that in mind, keep reading for everything you must know to promote NBA All Star 2022.
NBA All Star 2022 Draft – How does it work?
The game used to be East versus West. But after it got boring for both NBA players and NBA fans, the Association switched to a draft format.
The NBA All Star 2022 Draft takes place on February 10 on TNT and the Turner Sports Entertainment Digital channel. The draft format first happens in the 2018 NBA superstar game.
Since then, NBA fans and players have waited to see who the star player from the East, this year it’s KD, and the star player from the West, in this year’s event it’s King James, will draft.
For sure, the team that comes up looking like a winner in the NBA All Star 2022 draft is the one on which bookie agents should set max betting limits.
Jam and Durant will choose from a pool of players. NBA coaches don’t have a vote, but fans account for 50% of the vote.
Others with a vote include the media, 25%, and current players, 25%. Two guards and three front-court players per conference, a total of ten players, are chosen to be starters.
There are also fourteen reserve players in the pool. LJ and KD can choose players from the same conference, but they don’t have to. So LeBron, as an example, could decide to go with Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Durant could decide to choose Denver Nugget star Nikola Jokic. The NBA All Star Game draft is one of the reasons the event has become so popular.
No matter who ends up on Team LeBron and Team Durant, expect a fantastic, competitive, all star event on February 13.
2022 NBA All Star Schedule of Events
All Star Saturday Night
NBA All Star Game Celebrities
We don’t yet know who will play in the Friday, February 18 NBA All-Star Game for celebrities. Past participants have included celebrities like Chef Jose Andres, Common, and Justin Beiber have played on a celebrity all star team.
NBA All Star Game Rising Stars
Four teams will compete in the 3-game NBA All-Star Rising Stars. Isiah Thomas, Jon Barry, James Worth, and Gary Payton will coach a Rising Stars all star team.
- Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons
- Dyson Daniels, G League Ignite
- Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers
- Isaac Okoro, Cleveland Cavaliers
- Alperen Sengun, Houston Rockets
- Jae’Sean Tate, Houston Rockets
- Franz Wagner, Orlando Magic
- Precious Achiuwa, Toronto Raptors
- Desmond Bane, Memphis Grizzlies
- Saddiq Bey, Detroit Pistons
- Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves
- Tyrese Haliburton, Sacramento Kings
- Jaden Hardy, G League Ignite
- Isaiah Stewart, Detroit Pistons
- Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic
- MarJon Beauchamp, G League Ignite
- Josh Giddy, Oklahoma City Thunder
- Jalen Green, Houston Rockets
- Herbert Jones, New Orleans Pelicans
- Tyrese Maxey, Philadelphia 76ers
- Jalen Suggs, Orlando Magic
- LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets
- Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors
- Ayo Dosunmu, Chicago Bulls
- Chris Duarte, Indiana Pacers
- Scoot Henderson, G League Ignite
- Jaden McDaniels, Minnesota Timberwolves
- Davion Mitchell, Sacramento Kings.
Semifinal games occur, and then the two winners meet in the final match.
Slam Dunk Contest
When guys like Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins threw down in the Slam Dunk Contest, it used to be one of the most exciting events during the NBA All Star Weekend.
We don’t yet know who will participate in the Slam Dunk Contest. If Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine is one-hundred percent, no doubt, he’ll show up and throw down a few dunks.
Golden State sends multiple all stars to Sunday’s game. Two of those stars, Splash Brothers Kyle Thompson and Seth Curry, are likely to enter the 3-Point Contest.
Mike Conley, who Steph beat to win the 2021 contest, is also likely to enter. LeBron might give it a shot if he’s feeling good.
Curry, the Phoenix Suns Chris Paul and Devin Booker, Memphis point-guard Ja Morant, who makes his first all-star appearance on Giannis, a multiple all star appearance and NBA MVP, will be the favorites.
2022 NBA All Star Game
Remember, the conference doesn’t matter. Team LeBron could end up with primarily Eastern Conference players, and Team Durant could end up with Western Conference players.
Commissioner Adam Silver’s idea to make sure every all star game is competitive is why Silver came up with the draft format in 2018.
NBA All Star Starters – Eastern Conference
Check out the list of Eastern Conference players in the starting pool.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo F – Milwaukee Bucks
- DeMar DeRozan G-F – Chicago Bulls
- Kevin Durant F – Brooklyn Nets
- Joel Embiid CF – Philadelphia 76ers
- Trae Young G – Atlanta Hawks
NBA All Star Reserves – Eastern Conference
Below is a list of the Eastern Conference all star reserves.
- Jimmy Butler F – Miami Heat
- Darius Garland G – Cleveland Cavaliers
- James Harden G – Brooklyn Nets
- Zach LaVine G-F – Chicago Bulls
- Khris Middleton F – Milwaukee Bucks
- Jayson Tatum F-G – Boston Celtics
- Fred VanVleet G – Toronto Raptors
NBA All Star Starters – Western Conference
- Stephen Curry G – Golden State Warriors
- LeBron James F – Los Angeles Lakers
- Nikola Jokic C – Denver Nuggets
- Ja Morant G – Memphis Grizzlies
- Andrew Wiggins F – Golden State Warriors
NBA All Star Reserves – Western Conference
- Luka Doncic F-G – Dallas Mavericks
- Rudy Gobert C – Utah Jazz
- Draymond Green F – Golden State Warriors
- Donovan Mitchell G – Utah Jazz
- Devin Booker G – Phoenix Suns
- Chris Paul G – Phoenix Suns
- Karl Anthony-Towns C-F – Minnesota Timberwolves
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