NBA All-Star Weekend 2022: Event schedule, start times, attendees, event rules, how to watch
NBA All-Star Weekend is almost here, and it promises to provide plenty of entertainment, as it does every year. This year, the weekend will be held in Cleveland and will feature all the events fans have come to enjoy. However, several of the main events have been changed by the league, which might confuse those unaware of the changes. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Below are the dates, the list of participants and a brief explanation of the five biggest events of the weekend.
Chlorox Rising Stars
When: Fri., Feb. 18, 9 p.m. ET
Worthy of the team
How it works: In a new format, 28 players – including 12 rookies, 12 sophomores and four members of the NBA G League Ignite development team; see list above – were drafted into four teams to appear in three games. According to the NBA, each game will be played with a final target score, ending with a field goal made or a free throw instead of time out. It will be a “Race to 75” to celebrate the league’s 75th anniversary season – Games 1 and 2 will be played until a team reaches 50 points; Game 3 will be played until a team reaches 25 points.
Taco Bell Skills Challenge
When: Sat., Feb. 19, 8 p.m. ET
- Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors
- Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons
- Josh Giddey, Oklahoma City Thunder
• Jarrett Allen, Cleveland Cavaliers
• Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers
• Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers
How it works: Three teams – the Antetokounmpo brothers, the Cavaliers and the rookies – will face off in a new format that includes a four-round competition that tests shooting, passing and dribbling skills. According to the NBA, each of the three teams will compete in the first three rounds of the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. The two teams with the most “Challenge Points” after the first three rounds will advance to the final round. Challenge points are earned by winning each of the first three rounds.
The first round is the team shot, the second round is the team pass, the third round is the team relay, and the last round is the half court shots.
MTN DEW contest in 3 points
When: Sat., Feb. 19, 9 p.m. ET
• CJ McCollum, New Orleans Pelicans
• Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
• Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
• Desmond Bane, Memphis Grizzlies
• Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
• Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors
• Luke Kennard, LA Clippers
• Patty Mills, Brooklyn Nets
How it works: The 3-point contest will feature the same format as in the past. According to the NBA, each competitor will have 70 seconds (1:10) to shoot as many balls as possible out of the 27, with a maximum possible score of 40 points in a single round. The three contestants with the highest scores in the first round will advance to the championship round. The player with the highest score in the Championship Round will win the MTN DEW 3-Point Contest.
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AT&T Slam Dunk
When: Sat., Feb. 19, 10 p.m. ET
• Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic
• Juan Toscano-Anderson, Golden State Warriors
• Obi Toppin, New York Knicks
• Jalen Green, Houston Rockets
How it works: The dunk contest will follow the same format as in the past. According to the NBA, all four competitors will get two dunks in the first round. The two players with the highest combined score for their two dunks will advance to the final round. The two finalists will then get two dunks in the final round. The dunker with the highest combined score for their two dunks in the final round will win.
71st NBA All-Star Game
When: Sun. February 20, 8 p.m. ET
How it works: Team LeBron and Team Durant will face off to determine the winner of the 2022 NBA All-Star Game. For the third consecutive season, the NBA will use the “Elam Ending” for the annual exhibition, meaning the game will end a team will reach a target score, as opposed to when the clock rolls back to zero. The target score is usually determined by adding a fixed number to the leading team’s total after three quarters of action. Whichever team reaches that score first wins the game, no matter how long it takes.