NBA All-Star Weekend 2022: New Competition Formats, 75th Anniversary Team, Squad Plus Injury Backups, Elam End and More


The 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us!

The celebrations are set to begin on Friday, February 18 in Cleveland with a new format for the Rising Stars to kick off the weekend. All of our favorite annual events such as the Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest are hosted from there on All-Star Saturday Night.

The weekend will conclude on Sunday, February 20th with the 71st NBA All-Star Game, with a special halftime tribute to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary team.

From Friday through Sunday we bring you everything you need to know about the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend.

All events in chronological order with local time.

All-Star Weekend Host City: Cleveland, Ohio

For the third time in NBA history, Cleveland will host All-Star Weekend. Cleveland hosted All-Star Weekend celebrations in both 1981 and 1997.

This year’s All-Star Weekend is being held at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland.

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Young stars Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen will represent the host city Cavaliers at the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.

New climber format

The Rising Stars Challenge now features four seven-player teams competing in a three-game, single-elimination mini-tournament. Each game is played to a final target score.

The teams consisted of a pool of 28 players consisting of 12 rookies, 12 sophomores and four members of the G League Ignite development team.

The teams were assembled by four members of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary team.

Below is the three-game, single-elimination tournament tier.

First round matches will be played to a final target score of 50. The championship round is played to a final target score of 25. The games are played 5-on-5 and the scoring is in increments of 2 and 3.

The competition consists of a “Race to 75” points race in honor of the NBA’s landmark 75th Anniversary season.

Rise Lists

The four Rising Stars teams will be coached by members of the NBA 75th Anniversary team – Rick Barry, Gary Payton, Isiah Thomas and James Worthy.

You can catch the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, February 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Newcomers: Team Barry
player position team
Evan Mobley Forward Cleveland Cavaliers
Cade Cunningham Guard Detroit piston
Franz Wagner Forward Orlando magic
Jae’Sean Tate Forward Houston missiles
Isaac Okoro Forward Cleveland Cavaliers
Alperen Sengun center Houston missiles
DysonDaniels Guard G League Ignite
Newcomers: Team Isiah
player position team
Anthony Edwards Guard Minnesota Timberwolves
Saddiq Bey Forward Detroit piston
Desmond Bane Guard Memphis Grizzlies
Isaiah Stewart center Detroit piston
Tyrese Haliburton Guard Sacramento Kings
Precious Achiuwa Forward Toronto Raptors
Jaden Hardy Guard G League Ignite
Newcomers: Team Payton
player position team
LaMelo ball Guard Charlotte Hornets
Scottie Barnes Forward Toronto Raptors
Jaden McDaniels Forward Minnesota Timberwolves
Ayo Dosunmu Guard Chicago Bulls
Jonathan Kuminga* Forward Warriors of the Golden State
David Mitchell Guard Sacramento Kings
Scott Henderson Guard G League Ignite

* Kuminga will serve as Pacers guard Chris Duarte’s injury substitute.

Promoted: Team worthy
player position team
ColeAnthony Guard Orlando magic
Josh Giddey Guard Oklahoma City Thunder
Jalen Green Guard Houston missiles
Herbert Jones Forward Pelicans from New Orleans
Jalen Suggs Guard Orlando magic
Tyrese Maxey Guard Philadelphia 76ers
Mar Jon Beauchamp Forward G League Ignite

New skills challenge format

The Skills Challenge will have a new look this year, pitting three teams of three players against each other in a four-round competition testing shooting, passing and dribbling ability. Below are the three teams.

The Skills Challenge is the first event of All-Star Saturday Night, which begins at 8:00 p.m. ET.

player team
Alex Antetokounmpo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Thanasis Antetokounmpo The Antetokounmpos
Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland, and Evan Mobley The Cavs
Scottie Barnes, Cade Cunningham, Josh Giddey The towers

3-point competition

Eight players will compete in the 3-Point Contest, which will be the second event of All-Star Saturday night.

Saturday night’s festivities conclude at 8 p.m. ET.

player team
Desmond Bane Memphis Grizzlies
Luke Kennard LA Clippers
Zach Lavine Chicago Bulls
CJ McCollum Pelicans from New Orleans
Patty Mills Brooklyn Networks
Karl-Anthony-Cities Minnesota Timberwolves
Fred VanVleet Toronto Raptors
Trae Young Atlanta Hawks

Slam Dunk Contest

The Slam Dunk Contest, the third and final event of All-Star Saturday Night, pits four players against each other.

Saturday night’s festivities conclude at 8 p.m. ET.

player team
ColeAnthony Orlando magic
Jalen Green Houston missiles
Juan Toscano Anderson Warriors of the Golden State
Obi Toppin New York Knicks

2022 NBA All-Star Game roster

The rosters for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game were created by team captains LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

The 71st NBA All-Star Game begins Sunday, February 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Team LeBron
player team
LeBron James (C) Los Angeles Lakers
Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
Stephen Curry Warriors of the Golden State
DeMar DeRozan Chicago Bulls
Nikola Jokić Denver nuggets
Luke Doncic Dallas Mavericks
Darius garland Cleveland Cavaliers
ChrisPaul Phoenix Suns
Jimmy Butler intense heat
Donovan Mitchell Utah jazz
Fred VanVleet Toronto Raptors
Jarrett Allen* Cleveland Cavaliers

*Jarrett Allen is James Harden’s injured replacement.

Team Durant
player team
Joel Embid Philadelphia 76ers
Yes Morant Memphis Grizzlies
Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics
Trae Young Atlanta Hawks
Andrew Wiggins Warriors of the Golden State
Devin Booker Phoenix Suns
Karl-Anthony-Cities Minnesota Timberwolves
Zach Lavine Chicago Bulls
Dejount Murray* San Antonio Spurs
Chris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks
LaMelo Ball* Charlotte Hornets
Rudy Gobert Utah jazz

*Dejounte Murray is Draymond Green’s injured replacement. LaMelo Ball is Kevin Durant’s injury replacement.

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Celebration of the 75th anniversary of the NBA team

NBA75 Final List

The NBA will celebrate the 75th anniversary team in a special halftime ceremony during the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.

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GRAMMY winner and Cleveland Cavaliers partner Usher, Academy Award and Emmy winner Spike Lee, GRAMMY and Emmy winner Tiffany Haddish and Emmy Award nominee Anthony Anderson will serve as narrators, taking fans on a journey through the first 75 years take away from the league. Recognizing the players who have shone the brightest and highlighting the themes that have served as cornerstones of the NBA since its inception: competition, culture and inclusion.

GRAMMY Award winners Earth, Wind & Fire will perform their hit song “Shining Star” for the semifinals.

Members of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary team from nearly every decade of the league’s existence will be present in the arena for the NBA Diamond Jubilee ceremony.

What is an Elam ending?

In 2020, the NBA changed the All-Star Game format to try and increase the level of competition.

They adopted the Elam ending, a format in which teams attempt to reach a predetermined score in order to win the game.

When the NBA inherited the rule in 2020, it chose to honor Kobe Bryant’s death by setting the target score at 24 points more than the total score for the team leading after three quarters of the game.

Using a real-world example to make this clearer: In 2020, Team Giannis led Team LeBron 133-124 at the end of the third quarter. That made 157 points the goal to win the game (133 plus 24, in honor of Kobe).

The Kobe Bryant Trophy

The Kobe Bryant Trophy

On February 15, 2020, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that the NBA All-Star Game MVP award would be permanently named in Bryant’s honor, beginning with the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, which took place on February 16, 2020, three weeks through Bryant’s death.

Appropriately, Bryant’s name is engraved on all NBA All-Star record books.

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Over the course of his 20-year NBA career, Bryant has been named to 18 All-Star Games, with his first selection coming in 1998, his second NBA season. At 19, Bryant became the youngest player to appear in an NBA All-Star Game, a record that still stands today.

Bryant was named an NBA All-Star Game MVP in 2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011, tying him with Bob Pettit for most NBA All-Star Game MVP awards with four.

With records as the youngest-ever All-Star and most decorated All-Star, Bryant’s name is synonymous with excellence in the All-Star game.

The 2022 NBA All-Star Game marks the first year that the “Kobe Bryant Trophy” will be awarded to the All-Star Game MVP.


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