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The NBA season has reached its unofficial midway point, meaning NBA All-Star Weekend is here once again.

After taking over Salt Lake City in 2023, the NBA’s premier event is headed to Indianapolis, which is hosting All-Star festivities for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Just as in years past, there will be many All-Star Weekend mainstays taking the floor as well as a few fresh-faced newcomers that are sure to become regulars in the coming years. This year’s All-Star Weekend also features the return of a familiar All-Star Game format and a first-of-its-kind competition on All-Star Saturday Night.

To gear you up for a busy weekend, The Sporting News has put together the latest edition of our annual NBA All-Star Game guide, complete with schedules, rosters and more information for the biggest events during the weekend. Click below to jump down for more information on each topic.

2024 NBA All-Star Game

All-Star Saturday Night

Rising Stars Challenge

When is NBA All-Star 2024?

The 2024 NBA All-Star Weekend will take place from Friday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 18.

All-Star festivities begin on Friday with the Celebrity Game and Rising Stars Challenge, which features the top first- and second-year players in the NBA as well as a group of seven NBA G Leaguers.

Things continue on Saturday with NBA All-Star practice, the NBA x HBCU Classic and All-Star Saturday Night, which consists of the Skills Challenge, NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest, Stephen Curry vs. Sabrina Ionescu 3-Point Contest and Dunk Contest.

All-Star Weekend wraps on Sunday with the 73rd NBA All-Star Game, which pits Eastern and Western Conference All-Stars against one another for the first time since 2017.

Where is NBA All-Star 2024?

NBA All-Star 2024 is in Indianapolis, which is hosting the weekend for the first time since 1985.

Friday’s Rising Stars Game and Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game will be held at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, home of the NBA’s Pacers and the WNBA’s Fever. The Celebrity Game and All-Star Saturday Night festivities will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. 

How to watch the 2024 NBA All-Star Game

  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 18
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: TNT
  • Live stream: Sling TV

In the United States, the 2024 NBA All-Star Game will air on TNT, with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET. Tip-off of the NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. The game can also be streamed on Sling.

Sling is the home for avid sports fans that offers a range of sports channels so you can always cheer for your favorite teams with channels like ESPN, TBS, TNT, NFL Network, FS1 and more.

NBA All-Stars were voted on by fans, current players and a media panel. Fan vote accounted for 50 percent of the vote to determine the All-Star Game starters. Current players and a media panel split the other 50 percent.

The All-Star ballot includes two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference. Giannis Antetokounmpo overtook LeBron James as the overall leading vote-getter. James, who finished second overall, will make an NBA-record 20th All-Star Game appearance.

With the All-Star Game reverting to the East-West format, Eastern Conference All-Stars will face the Western Conference All-Stars. There will be no All-Star draft this year but each conference’s leading vote-getter will serve as captain.

Eastern Conference   Western Conference
LeBron James (Captain) F Giannis Antetokounmpo (Captain)
Kevin Durant F Bam Adebayo*
Nikola Jokic F Jayson Tatum
Luka Doncic G Tyrese Haliburton
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander G Damian Lillard

*Bam Adebayo will start in place of Joel Embiid, who will not play in the 2024 NBA All-Star Game due to a meniscus injury.

MORE: Full rosters, voting for the 2024 NBA All-Star Game

The NBA’s 30 head coaches selected the reserves for the 2024 NBA All-Star Game. Commissioner Adam Silver selects the replacement for any player unable to participate in the All-Star Game by choosing a player from the same conference as the player who is being replaced.

Raptors forward Scottie Barnes and Hawks guard Trae Young have been selected as replacements for Embiid and Julius Randle. East head coach Doc Rivers selected Adebayo to replace Embiid in the starting lineup.

Eastern Conference   Western Conference
Jalen Brunson G Devin Booker
Tyrese Maxey G Stephen Curry
Donovan Mitchell G Anthony Edwards
Bam Adebayo F Anthony Davis
Paolo Banchero F Paul George
Jaylen Brown F Kawhi Leonard
Julius Randle* F Karl-Anthony Towns
Scottie Barnes (Injury Replacement) F  
Trae Young (Injury Replacement) G  

*Randle will not play in the 2024 NBA All-Star Game due to a shoulder injury. Barnes and Young have been selected as injury replacements for Embiid and Randle.

This year’s All-Star Game features four first-time All-Stars, each of whom will represent the Eastern Conference.

  • Paolo Banchero, Magic
  • Scottie Barnes, Raptors
  • Jalen Brunson, Knicks
  • Tyrese Maxey, 76ers

Banchero, 21, is the youngest player in this year’s All-Star Game. The second-year forward is averaging 22.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists for a Magic team that is looking to snap a three-year playoff drought.

Bucks head coach Doc Rivers will lead the Eastern Conference All-Stars while Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch will coach the Western Conference All-Stars.

All-Star head coaches are determined by the standings as the job typically goes to the team with the conference’s best record through games played on Sunday, Feb. 4.

While Rivers has been Milwaukee’s coach for less than a month, he earned the nod because the Bucks had the East’s second-best record behind the Celtics, whose staff is ineligible to coach in 2024 after coaching in the 2023 All-Star Game.

Finch will lead the West as the Timberwolves had the conference’s best record through games played on Feb. 4.

  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 17
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV: TNT
  • Live stream: Sling TV

NBA All-Star Skills Challenge participants

For the third year, the Skills Challenge will feature three teams of three players that take part in a three-round competition. 

Here are the teams and their members:

  • Team Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton, Bennedict Mathurin and Myles Turner
  • Team Top Picks: Paolo Banchero (Magic), Anthony Edwards (Timberwolves) and Victor Wembanyama (Spurs)
  • Team All-Stars: Scottie Barnes (Raptors), Tyrese Maxey (76es) and Trae Young (Hawks)

LIVE: Updates from NBA All-Star Skills Challenge

NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest participants

This year’s 3-Point Contest features eight of the league’s best shooters, six of whom will play in this year’s NBA All-Star Game.

Headlining the group of eight is defending 3-Point Contest champion Damian Lillard and his Bucks backcourt mate Malik Beasley, who is connecting on 3-pointers at a blistering rate this season.

Player Team 3PT%
Malik Beasley Bucks 44.7
Jalen Brunson Knicks 40.6
Tyrese Haliburton Pacers 39.6
Damian Lillard Bucks 34.5
Lauri Markkanen Jazz 40.6
Donovan Mitchell Cavaliers 36.3
Karl-Anthony Towns Timberwolves 43.8
Trae Young Hawks 37.3

LIVE: Updates from NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest

Stephen vs. Sabrina 3-Point Challenge

This year’s NBA All-Star Saturday Night will feature a first-of-its-kind one-on-one 3-point competition between Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry and New York Liberty All-Star guard Sabrina Ionescu.

The competition will follow the standard 3-Point Contest rules. It’s set to take place after the NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest and before the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest.

LIVE: Updates from Stephen Curry vs. Sabrina Ionescu 3-Point Challenge

NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest participants

The 2024 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest features a unique group, headlined by defending dunk champion Mac McClung of the G League’s Osceola Magic and All-Star forward Jaylen Brown.

Brown is the first current All-Star to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest since DeAndre Jordan in 2017.

Player Team
Jaylen Brown Celtics
Jaime Jaquez Jr. Heat
Mac McClung Osceola Magic (G League)
Jacob Toppin Knicks (Two-way)

LIVE: Updates from NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest

  • Date: Friday, Feb. 16
  • Time: 9 p.m. ET
  • TV: TNT
  • Live stream: Sling TV

The Rising Stars Challenge is again a four-team, tournament-style competition.

The four teams of seven players are led by four legends: Pau Gasol (Team Pau), Tamika Catchings (Team Tamika), Jalen Rose (Team Jalen) and Detlef Schrempf (Team Detlef).

Three of the four teams are comprised of the NBA’s best rookies and sophomores while the fourth team is comprised solely of NBA G League players. Headlining the group of 28 players are All-Star Paolo Banchero and Rookie of the Year frontrunners Chet Holmgren and Victor Wembanyama.

Team Pau

Player Year Team
Bilal Coulibaly Rookie Wizards
Jaime Jaquez Jr. Rookie Heat
Brandon Miller Rookie Hornets
Brandin Podziemski Rookie Warriors
Jabari Smith Jr. Sophomore Rockets
Cason Wallace Rookie Thunder
Victor Wembanyama Rookie Spurs

Team Tamika

Player Year Team
Paolo Banchero Sophomore Magic
Dyson Daniels Sophomore Pelicans
Jalen Duren Sophomore Pistons
Keyonte George Rookie Jazz
Scoot Henderson Rookie Trail Blazers
Jaden Ivey Sophomore Pistons
Keegan Murray Sophomore Kings

Team Jalen

Player Year Team
Jordan Hawkins Rookie Pelicans
Chet Holmgren Rookie Thunder
Walker Kessler Sophomore Jazz
Dereck Lively II Rookie Mavericks
Bennedict Mathurin Sophomore Pacers
Shaedon Sharpe* Sophomore Trail Blazers
Jalen Williams Sophomore Thunder
Jeremy Sochan* Sophomore Spurs

*Sochan has been selected as the injury replacement for Sharpe.

Team Detlef

Player Team
Izan Almansa G League Ignite
Matas Buzelis G League Ignite
Ron Holland G League Ignite
Mac McClung Osceola Magic
Tyler Smith G League Ignite
Oscar Tshiebwe Indiana Pacers/Mad Ants*
Alondes Williams Miami Heat/Sioux Falls Skyforce*

*Tshiebwe and Williams are on two-way contracts with the Pacers and Heat, respectively.

Here is the schedule of events for NBA All-Star Weekend, which takes place from Feb. 16-18:

Friday, Feb. 16

  • 11:30 a.m. ET — NBA All-Star Rising Stars Practice
  • 7 p.m. ET — NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
  • 9 p.m. ET — NBA All-Star Rising Stars Game

Saturday, Feb. 17

  • 11 a.m. ET — NBA All-Star Practice
  • 2 p.m. ET — NBA HBCU Classic (Virginia Union vs. Winston-Salem State)
  • 8 p.m. ET — All-Star Saturday Night
    • Skills Challenge
    • 3-Point Contest
    • Stephen Curry vs. Sabrina Ionescu 3-Point Contest
    • Slam Dunk Contest

Sunday, Feb. 18

  • 1:30 p.m. ET — NBA G League Next Up Game
  • 8 p.m. ET — NBA All-Star Game