NBA All-Star Weekend is Feb. 14-16 in Chicago, and this is the third consecutive year in which captains participated in a fantasy draft and selected their own teams, compared to the traditional East vs. West format.
Keep it here as we count down the days until the league’s best showcase their skills in Chicago.
Team LeBron James*
1. Anthony Davis*, Lakers
2. Kawhi Leonard*, Clippers
3. Luka Doncic*, Mavericks
4. James Harden*, Rockets
5. Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers
6. Ben Simmons, 76ers
7. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets
8. Jayson Tatum, Celtics
9. Chris Paul, Thunder
10. Russell Westbrook, Rockets
11. Domantas Sabonis, Pacers
Team Giannis Antetokounmpo*
1. Joel Embiid*, 76ers
2. Pascal Siakam*, Raptors
3. Kemba Walker*, Celtics
4. Trae Young*, Hawks
5. Khris Middleton, Bucks
6. Bam Adebayo, Heat
7. Rudy Gobert, Jazz
8. Jimmy Butler, Heat
9. Kyle Lowry, Raptors
10. Brandon Ingram, Pelicans
11. Donovan Mitchell, Jazz
* Voted in as starters
Wait … this looks a lot like East vs. West
All-Star starter Trae Young noticed the trend just like everyone watching the draft did:
Damn… East vs West Basically… Let’s Rock👀🙏🏽💯 #TeamGiannis
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) February 7, 2020
And for a few minutes, it was looking like we might revert back to the old East vs. West format all together, as both captains stuck within their respective conferences until LeBron broke the streak when he chose 76ers point guard Ben Simmons with his sixth-round pick. All in all, just three players on each team will be swapping conferences in Chicago.
The draft did give us two teammate vs. teammate matchups to watch for: Ben Simmons vs. Joel Embiid and Jayson Tatum vs. Kemba Walker. Tatum wasted little time directing the trash talk toward his point guard.
lol going right at him 🤣 https://t.co/Q9djMzv4Co
— Jayson Tatum (@jaytatum0) February 7, 2020
Is Team Giannis in trouble?
According to ESPN Stats and Information research, Team LeBron will have six of the top 10 scorers in the NBA this season (Harden, Lillard, Doncic, Leonard, Davis and James). To make matters worse for Team Giannis fans, LeBron’s squad has the edge in rebounds, assists, steals and 3-pointers made this season. Team Giannis has the edge in blocks, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and dunks.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 7, 2020
Jayson Tatum | Celtics
Pascal Siakam | Raptors
Bam Adebayo | Heat
Domantas Sabonis | Pacers
Patrick Beverley | Clippers
Khris Middleton | Bucks
Spencer Dinwiddie | Nets
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander*, Thunder
* Replacing Pistons’ Derrick Rose
Zion Williamson | Pelicans
Trae Young | Hawks
Ja Morant | Grizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. | Grizzlies
Tyler Herro | Heat
Kendrick Nunn | Heat
Eric Paschall | Warriors
Devonte’ Graham | Hornets
Miles Bridges | Hornets
PJ Washington | Hornets
Luka Doncic | Mavericks (Slovenia)
Deandre Ayton | Suns (Bahamas)
RJ Barrett | Knicks (Canada)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander | Thunder (Canada)
Nickeil Alexander-Walker | Pelicans (Canada)
Brandon Clarke | Grizzlies (Canada)
Rui Hachimura | Wizards (Japan)
Moritz Wagner | Wizards (Germany)
Svi Mykhailiuk | Pistons (Ukraine)
Josh Okogie | Timberwolves (Nigeria)
All-Star Celebrity Game
Team Stephen A.
Chance The Rapper (captain) | Rapper
Anthony “Spice” Adams | TV host, former NFL tackle
Taylor Bennett | Rapper
LaRoyce Hawkins | Actor
Lil Rel Howery | Actor, comedian
Marc Lasry | Bucks co-owner
Darius Miles | Former NBA forward
Katelyn Ohashi | former UCLA gymnast
Quavo | Rapper, one third of Migos
Ronnie 2K | Digital marketing director, 2K
A’ja Wilson | Forward, Las Vegas Aces
Common (captain): Rapper, actor
Jose Andres | Celebrity chef
Jon Batiste | Musician
Kane Brown | Country artist
Bad Bunny | Reggaeton artist
Hannibal Buress | Actor, comedian
Famous Los | Rapper
Chelsea Gray | Guard, Los Angeles Sparks
Jidenna | Rapper
Alex Moffat | SNL cast member
Quentin Richardson | Former NBA guard
The All-Star draft is done, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun. Kirk Goldsberry built an All-Star mock draft that ensures the best possible game between Team Giannis and Team LeBron — one that is somewhat based in reality, and somewhat just based on our own basketball desires.
We have the official selections for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. But how well do you know these dudes? Let’s see how you fare in our third edition of shot chart trivia.
All-Star Game FAQs
What is the new All-Star Game format?
This year’s All-Star Game will be all about honoring Kobe Bryant.
In a major change to the All-Star format, the NBA announced it will turn every quarter into a mini-game for charity before an untimed final quarter with a target score that will decide which team wins. Scores will be reset — back to 0-0 — at the start of the second and third quarters, then restored to begin the fourth quarter.
That’s where the tribute to Bryant and the No. 24 jersey he wore for the last decade of his NBA career comes into play. The team that wins the All-Star Game will be the first to reach a target score, determined by the total points the team in the lead scored in the first three quarters combined — plus 24, the obvious nod to Bryant.
How does the All-Star voting process work?
Beginning in 2016-17, current players and media joined the fans in the voting process. Fans account for 50% of the vote to determine the starters, while players and media account for 25% each. Once votes are tallied, players are ranked in each conference by position (guard and frontcourt) within each of the three voting groups.
Each player’s score is calculated by averaging his weighted rank from the fans, players and media. The two guards and three frontcourt players with the best score in each conference are named starters. Fan votes serve as the tiebreaker for players in a position group with the same score.
The seven reserves from each conference are selected by NBA head coaches. If there needs to be an injury replacement, that pick is determined by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
How are captains and teams selected?
Instead of the traditional East vs. West format, the NBA moved to a new format in 2018, where two captains pick the teams from a pool of 24 players who are voted in by fans, media and players.
The captains are the All-Star starters who earn the most fan votes in their respective conferences. Alternating picks, the captains draft the eight remaining players from the starter pool in the first round and then all 14 players from the reserve pool in the second round, making selections without regard to a player’s conference affiliation or position.
How do I watch?
NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
NBA Rising Stars Challenge
NBA All-Star Saturday Night
NBA All-Star Game