theScore's guide to NBA All-Star Weekend

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The NBA's top players descend on the Windy City to showcase their talents during All-Star Weekend.

Though no new events have been added for this year's festivities, the Three-Point Contest and NBA All-Star Game will both feature new formats.

Here's everything you need to know heading into the star-studded weekend in Chicago.

All-Star Celebrity Game

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When: Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Wintrust Arena, Chicago
TV: ESPN (U.S.); Sportsnet (Canada)

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith and Michael Wilbon will coach this year's teams. Three-time Grammy Award winner Chance the Rapper will captain Smith's squad, which features 2018 All-Star Celebrity Game MVP Quavo.

Rapper Common will captain Team Wilbon. Social media personality Famous Los, who was named last year's MVP following a 22-point performance, headlines that roster.


Team Stephen A. Team Wilbon
Chance the Rapper Common
Quavo Bad Bunny
Taylor Bennett Hannibal Buress
LaRoyce Hawkins Kane Brown
Anthony "Spice" Adams Jon Batiste
Marc Lasry Alex Moffat
Ronnie 2K Chef Jose Andres
Katelyn Ohashi Famous Los
Lil Rel Howery Jidenna
A'ja Wilson Chelsea Gray
Darius Miles Quentin Richardson

Rising Stars

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When: Friday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: United Center, Chicago
TV: TNT (U.S.); Sportsnet (Canada)

The 26th edition of the Rising Stars game features 20 of the league's top rookies and sophomores, with NBA assistant coaches selecting 10 players apiece for Team USA and Team World.

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young leads an American squad seeking its second straight win, while Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic looks to help Team World rebound from last year's 161-144 loss.


Team World Team USA
Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Pelicans) Miles Bridges (Hornets)
Deandre Ayton (Suns)* Wendell Carter Jr. (Bulls)*
RJ Barrett (Knicks) Devonte' Graham (Hornets)
Brandon Clarke (Grizzlies) Tyler Herro (Heat)*
Luka Doncic (Mavs) Jaren Jackson Jr. (Grizzlies)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Thunder) Ja Morant (Grizzlies)
Nicolo Melli (Pelicans) Kendrick Nunn (Heat)
Rui Hachimura (Wizards) Eric Paschall (Warriors)
Svi Mykhailiuk (Pistons) Collin Sexton (Cavs)
Josh Okogie (T-Wolves) PJ Washington (Hornets)
Moritz Wagner (Wizards) Trae Young (Hawks)
Zion Williamson (Pelicans)

* Selected but won't participate due to injury

All-Star Saturday Night

When: Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: United Center, Chicago
TV: TNT (U.S.); Sportsnet 1 (Canada)

Skills Challenge

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Each player will maneuver through an obstacle course testing participants' dribbling, passing, and 3-point shooting. The three-round competition will see eight competitors go head to head in a bracket-style tournament format.

This year's field features three former champions - including last year's winner Jayson Tatum - and four first-time participants.


Player Team
Bam Adebayo Miami Heat
Patrick Beverley Los Angeles Clippers
Spencer Dinwiddie Brooklyn Nets
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Oklahoma City Thunder
Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks
Derrick Rose* Detroit Pistons
Domantas Sabonis Indiana Pacers
Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors
Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics

* Selected but won't participate due to injury

Three-Point Contest

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This year's Three-Point Contest will introduce two deeper locations from which to shoot. Both spots are six feet back of the 3-point line between the elbow and top of the key. Shots from these spots will be worth three points each.

Players will have 70 seconds - as opposed to the usual 60 - to complete each round, attempting a total of 27 triples following the addition of the new deep spots. As in past years, competitors will have five racks of balls in the customary locations, designating a rack of their choosing as an "all money ball" rack.

Brooklyn Nets sharpshooter Joe Harris topped Stephen Curry in the latter's hometown to claim last year's competition.


Player Team
Davis Bertans Washington Wizards
Devin Booker Phoenix Suns
Devonte' Graham Charlotte Hornets
Joe Harris Brooklyn Nets
Buddy Hield Sacramento Kings
Zach LaVine Chicago Bulls
Damian Lillard* Portland Trail Blazers
Duncan Robinson Miami Heat
Trae Young Atlanta Hawks

* Selected but won't participate due to injury

Slam Dunk contest

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Former slam dunk champ Dwight Howard returns to the fold after an 11-year hiatus. The 34-year-old famously came out of a phone booth dressed as Superman during the 2009 edition of the event.

Howard is joined by Aaron Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr., both of whom are looking for redemption after previous runner-up finishes. Zach LaVine, who won't feature in this year's contest, edged Gordon in 2016 despite the latter scoring perfect 50s on three consecutive dunks.

First-time participant Pat Connaughton of the Milwaukee Bucks rounds out this year's four-man field.


Player Team
Pat Connaughton Milwaukee Bucks
Aaron Gordon Orlando Magic
Dwight Howard Los Angeles Lakers
Derrick Jones Jr. Miami Heat

All-Star Game

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When: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: United Center, Chicago
TV: TNT (U.S.); TSN 1/4 (Canada)

The NBA has revamped its showcase event. Team LeBron and Team Giannis will compete to win each of the first three quarters, with the victor of each frame earning $100,000 for a local Chicago charity. The first three quarters remain 12 minutes in length and will each start with a fresh score of 0-0.

The clock will be turned off for the fourth quarter. A final target score will be set based on the points accumulated by the leading team over the first three frames, plus an additional 24 points in honor of the late Kobe Bryant.

"For example: If the cumulative score of the first three quarters is 100-95, the final target score would be set at 124 points," the league explained in a breakdown of the new format. "To win the NBA All-Star Game, the team with 100 points would need to score 24 points in the fourth quarter before the team with 95 points scores 29 points, and vice versa."

The team that reaches the final target score first earns an additional $200,000 for its charity. Team LeBron will wear No. 2 jerseys and Team Giannis will wear No. 24 jerseys in tribute to Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. The All-Star threads will also feature jersey patches displaying nine stars to represent the lives lost in January's tragic helicopter crash.


Team LeBron Team Giannis
Anthony Davis (Lakers) Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks)
James Harden (Rockets) Joel Embiid (76ers)
Kawhi Leonard (Clippers) Pascal Siakam (Raptors)
Luka Doncic (Mavs) Kemba Walker (Celtics)
LeBron James (Lakers) Trae Young (Hawks)


Team LeBron Team Giannis
Chris Paul (Thunder) Bam Adebayo (Heat)
Damian Lillard (Blazers)* Brandon Ingram (Pelicans)
Nikola Jokic (Nuggets) Donovan Mitchell (Jazz)
Ben Simmons (76ers) Jimmy Butler (Heat)
Domantas Sabonis (Pacers) Rudy Gobert (Jazz)
Jayson Tatum (Celtics) Kyle Lowry (Raptors)
Russell Westbrook (Rockets) Khris Middleton (Bucks)
Devin Booker (Suns)

* Selected but won't participate due to injury

theScore's guide to NBA All-Star Weekend
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