NBA All-Star weekend: What time is the game? What’s new?

Giannis Antetokounmpo drives against LeBron James during the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago.
Giannis Antetokounmpo drives against LeBron James during the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago, when the current format debuted with the top vote-getters in the East and West serving as team captains who drafted players for their respective teams.
(Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images)

The 72nd NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday. It seems each year there are new twists to the game and activities during the three-day celebration of the best basketball players in the world. This year is no exception.

Here’s what you need to know:

When: Sunday, 5:30 p.m. PST (TNT)

Where: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City


All-Star Game twist

Lakers star LeBron James drives on Indiana Pacers guard Buddy Hield during a game on Feb. 2.
(Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

Four years ago the NBA decided to have the leading vote-getters in the East and West draft teams from the pools of starters and reserves. LeBron James is 3-0 as a captain and will lead Team LeBron against Team Giannis (Antetokounmpo) for the third consecutive year. Kevin Durant was a captain in 2020.


This year’s twist? Instead of drafting their teams a week ahead of time, James and Antetokounmpo will make their picks on the court an hour before tipoff. Denver’s Michael Malone will coach Team LeBron while Boston’s Joe Mazzulla will coach Team Giannis.

Starting in 2020, the All-Star Game format changed with the game’s winner being determined by reaching a target score, which is the leading team’s overall total after three quarters plus 24 points in honor of Kobe Bryant’s jersey number. The first three quarters will be timed (with the score resetting after each) and is a mini-game with the winner claiming a larger portion of money awarded to the captains’ community-based programs of choice: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Utah (Team LeBron) and Raise the Future (Team Giannis).


Rising Stars tournament

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley shoots over San Antonio Spurs guard Malaki Branham.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley shoots over San Antonio Spurs guard Malaki Branham during a game on Monday.
(Ron Schwane / Associated Press)

The Friday night contest that used to feature rookies vs. second-year players, and for a time Team USA vs. Team World, will now become a tournament involving four teams. Those teams have been drafted into three squads of seven rookies and sophomores plus a team from the G League.

There will be a two-round, single-elimination tournament with the semifinals played to a target score of 40 points and the championship game played to 25.


Former NBA stars Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah and Deron Williams will serve as coaches of the three rookie/sophomore teams while Jason Terry will coach the G League squad.

NBA coaches voted Clippers’ Paul George as an All-Star, but Kawhi Leonard and Lakers’ Anthony Davis were not among those selected.

Feb. 2, 2023

Team Pau: Paolo Banchero, F, Magic; Bennedict Mathurin, F, Pacers; Jaden Ivey, G, Pistons; Scottie Barnes, F, Raptors; Jose Alvarado, G, Pelicans; Keegan Murray, F, Kings; Andrew Nembhard, G, Pacers.

Team Joakim: Evan Mobley, F, Cavaliers; Josh Giddey, G, Thunder; Jalen Williams, G, Thunder; Jeremy Sochan, F, Spurs; Quentin Grimes, G, Knicks; Jabari Smith Jr., F, Rockets; Jalen Duren, C, Pistons.

Team Deron: Franz Wagner, F, Magic; Jalen Green, G, Rockets; Alperen Sengun, C, Rockets; Trey Murphy III, F, Pelicans; AJ Griffin, F, Hawks; Bones Hyland, G, Clippers (Nuggets); Walker Kessler, C, Jazz.

Team G League: Sidy Cissoko, F, Ignite; Scoot Henderson, G, Ignite; Mojave King, G-F, Ignite; Kenneth Lofton Jr., G, Memphis Hustle; Mac McClung, G, Delaware Blue Coats; Leonard Miller, F-C, Ignite; Scotty Pippen Jr., G, South Bay Lakers.


Next Up?

Lakers guard Scotty Pippen Jr. brings the ball up court under pressure from Suns guard Ahmad Caver.
South Bay Lakers point guard Scotty Pippen Jr. (1) will play in the Rising Stars tournament on Friday and the G League Next Up Game on Sunday during All-Star weekend.
(Ethan Miller / Getty Images,)

Making its debut this weekend will be the NBA G League Next Up Game, to be played noon Sunday at the Huntsman Center. Ten players were selected by a fan vote and the G League chose the other 14.

Iowa Wolves forward Luke Garza was the top vote-getter and will captain one of the 12-player squads. G League Ignite guard Scoot Henderson will captain the other. G League coaches and celebrity assistants will guide the teams after Garza and Henderson draft their teams.

The other players are: Charles Bassey, C, Austin Spurs; Sidy Cissoko, F, Ignite; Sharife Cooper, G, Cleveland Charge; David Duke Jr., G, Long Island Nets; Frank Jackson, G, Salt Lake City Stars; London Johnson, G, Ignite; Carlik Jones, G, Windy City Bulls; Mojave King, G-F, Ignite; Saben Lee, G, Phoenix Suns; Kenneth Lofton Jr., G, Memphis Hustle; Mac McClung, G, Delaware Blue Coats; Eric Mika, C, Ignite; Leonard Miller, F-C, Ignite; Isaiah Mobley, F, Cleveland Charge; Shareef O’Neal, F, Ignite; Scotty Pippen Jr., G, South Bay Lakers; Trevelin Queen, G, Fort Wayne Mad Ants; Neemias Queta, C, Stockton Kings; Babacar Sane, F, Ignite; Gui Santos, F, Santa Cruz Warriors; Zavier Simpson, G, Lakeland Magic; Gabe York, G, Fort Wayne Mad Ants.


Showing their skills

Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson controls the ball during a game.
Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson will compete in the NBA All-Star Skills Competition this weekend.
(Brandon Dill / Associated Press)


The Slam Dunk Contest, with a two-round format featuring four contestants, will cap off Saturday night’s festivities, which begin at 5 p.m. PST. Each player is given 90 seconds to complete two dunks — with three attempts per dunk, for a five-judge panel. At the end of their time, they’ll be given one last attempt. The top two scorers advance to the final under the same format. Competitors: Kenyon Martin Jr., Rockets; Mac McClung, 76ers; Trey Murphy III, Pelicans; Jericho Sims, Knicks.

The Skills Challenge, featuring three three-player teams, and Three-Point Shooting Contest, featuring eight long-range specialists, precede the nightcap.

The Skills Challenge features three events: relay, passing and shooting. Points will be awarded based on finishes in each competition. Competing are Team Giannis (Antetokounmpo and his brothers, Alex and Thanasis), Team Jazz (Jordan Clarkson, Walker Kessler, Collin Sexton) and Team Rooks (Magic’s Paolo Banchero, Pistons’ Jaden Ivey and Rockets’ Jabari Smith Jr.).

The 3-Point Contest features five racks of five balls, four of them containing one “money ball” worth two points instead of one and one rack of five money balls positioned at the player’s choice. There are also two “starry ball” pedestals behind the third rack, to the left and right, worth three points. The top three shooters advance to a final round. Competitors: Tyrese Haliburton, Pacers; Tyler Herro, Heat; Buddy Hield, Pacers; Kevin Huerter, Kings; Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers; Lauri Markkanen, Jazz; Anfernee Simons, Trail Blazers; Jayson Tatum, Celtics.



(all times PST)



11:30 a.m.: Rising Stars practice (NBA TV)

2:30 p.m.: Basketball Hall of Fame news conference (NBA TV)

4 p.m.: NBA All-Star Celebrity Game (ESPN)

6 p.m.: Rising Stars tournament (TNT)


10 a.m.: NBA All-Star practice (NBA TV)

1 p.m.: HBCU Classic (NBA TV, TNT, ESPN2)

• Southern University vs. Grambling State

4 p.m.: Commissioner’s news conference (NBA TV)

5 p.m.: All-Star Saturday Night (TNT)

• Skills Challenge

• 3-Point Contest

• Slam Dunk Contest


10 a.m.: NBA Legends Awards (NBA TV)

Noon: NBA G League Next Up Game (NBA TV)

4:30 p.m.: All-Star Draft (TNT)

5:30 p.m.: 72nd NBA All-Star Game (TNT)