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What is the NBA All-Star Weekend?

The NBA All-Star games were a spectacle for the fans to witness the most talented players from each conference compete against one another. The outcome of the games did not matter as it was for the entertainment of the fans and the final score did not affect any team's season. The NBA has been hosting the All-Star games since 1951 when it was only the match between the Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference teams.

However, in 1986, the NBA started hosting an All-Star weekend which not only included the East vs West clash but also a lot more events like the Three-Point Contest, Skills Challenge, etc. The Slam Dunk contest had been in existence since 1976, but even that got added as an event in the All-Star Weekend. But now as the 2024 NBA All-Star Weekend is approaching there are many changes and additions for the fans and spectators as it is a celebration of the league and the sport of basketball.

Where is the 2024 NBA All-Star game?

The highly anticipated 2024 NBA All-Star Weekend will take place in the heart of the basketball country, the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The weekend's events will begin with the NBA Rising Stars practice on Friday, February 16, and finish with the 73rd NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night. Gainbridge Fieldhouse, the iconic home of the Indiana Pacers, serves as the center stage for the NBA's midseason celebration, which features a dazzling display of talent, ability, and excitement. This is a big return for All-Star Weekend to Indianapolis, which last hosted the tournament in 1985, giving a sentimental touch to the 2024 edition.

As fans and players come together at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, the venue's rich basketball history and devoted fan base promise to enhance the entire All-Star event. Indianapolis is known for its love of the game, becoming the center of basketball greatness and generating an electric atmosphere that captures the essence of the game. With the legendary arena as the setting, the 73rd NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night promises to be a night of excitement and memorable moments.

As the league gathers in Indianapolis for this basketball spectacle, a new chapter is created of the historic NBA All-Star Weekend, making the 2024 edition a must-see for fans worldwide.

2024 NBA All-Star Weekend Schedule

Friday, February 16th12:30 p.m. ET | Panini Rising Stars Practice

5:30 p.m. ET | Basketball Hall of Fame News Conference

7 p.m. ET | Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

9 p.m. ET | Panini Rising Stars

  • Rising Stars: Semifinal 1
  • Rising Stars: Semifinal 2
  • Rising Stars: Final
Saturday, February 17th11 a.m. ET | NBA All-Star Practice presented by AT&T

2 p.m. ET | HBCU Classic presented by AT&T

Winston-Salem State vs. Virginia Union

7 p.m. ET | Commissioner Adam Silver's news conference

8 p.m. ET | State Farm All-Star Saturday Night

  • Kia Skills Challenge 
  • Starry 3-Point Contest 
  • Stephen vs. Sabrina 3-Point Challenge
  • AT&T Slam Dunk
Sunday, February 18th11:30 a.m. ET | NBA Legends Awards

1:30 p.m. ET | G League Up Next Game presented by AT&T

8 p.m. ET | 73rd NBA All-Star Game

The festivities begin on the first day with the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, an exciting demonstration in which celebrities from many industries showcase their basketball abilities, captivating spectators with a combination of fun and talent. Following that, the Rising Stars Challenge takes center stage, with first and second-year NBA players and the G League's Ignite squad competing in an exciting game that promises an entertaining glimpse into the league's future.

Saturday is the NBA x HBCU Classic, a game that not only showcases college basketball skills but also supports historically black institutions and universities. The NBA's dedication is further demonstrated with a generous $100,000 grant to each participating institution. Following the HBCU Classic, the night continues with the exciting All-Star Saturday Night, which includes several skill challenges. The Skills Challenge presents participants with a variety of basketball difficulties, followed by the Three-Point Contest, which showcases the athletes' sharpshooting skills. However, after that is the fan favorite, The Slam Dunk Contest, which ends the night.

The NBAG League Next Up Game will kick off things on Sunday which will, also follow the NBA All-Star Game structure. This event showcases exceptional G League players, giving fans an idea of the potential development of the rookies. And then on Sunday night, the official NBA All-Star Game takes place, with the best 24 players from the previous season separated into two teams.

How much are the NBA All-Star 2024 tickets?

For the highly anticipated NBA All-Star Game in 2024, fans can expect a wide range of ticket prices to fit a variety of preferences and budgets. The average ticket price is $511, providing a balanced option for guests. However, the most budget-friendly selections start at $122 ranging up to $1,311, offering access to the exciting All-Star experience.

Although the fans seeking a more premium and exclusive experience of the All-Star Weekend, the prices are exorbitant. The highest tier of seating options costs a whopping $9,550, catering to those who seek the best experiences.

What is the format of the 2024 NBA All-Star Game?

The upcoming 2024 NBA All-Star Game will go back to the previous structure and restore the classic "East vs West" rivalry for the first time since 2017. The change offers a nostalgic touch to the highly anticipated event, indicating a return to the original conference-style competition.

As the Eastern Conference has a record of 37-29 head-to-head victories over the Western Conference, the return to the East vs. West format reignites interest and discussion over which league will win. Despite the East's historical advantage, the West has proven recent supremacy, capturing six wins in the previous seven games played between the conference clubs. Due to that the 2024, All-Star game is highly anticipated by the fans.

NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge

In its continuous efforts to improve the Skills Challenge, the NBA had added a team structure for the last two years in a row, and integrated dribbling, passing, and shooting skills. The 3-round Kia Skills Challenge this year features three teams, each comprising three players, competing to accumulate the most "Challenge Points."

2024 Participants:

Team Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton (Pacers), Bennedict Mathurin (Pacers), Myles Turner (Pacers)

Team Top Picks: Paolo Banchero (Magic), Anthony Edwards (Timberwolves), Victor Wembanyama (Spurs)

 Team All-Stars: Scottie Barnes (Raptors), Tyrese Maxey (76ers), Trae Young (Hawks)

Round 1 is Team Relay, teams go one at a time in a timed relay involving various skill tasks such as outlet passes, dribbling, and shooting. The team with the fastest time earns 100 "Challenge Points." A tiebreaker involves choosing one player to repeat the course.

Round 2 is Team Passing, which requires teams to amass points in 30 seconds through outlet passes, bounce passes, and chest passes. The team with the highest total points earns 100 "Challenge Points," with tiebreakers based on the total number and type of passes.

Round 3 is Team Shooting, which has teams shooting from five different spots on the court within 60 seconds. Points are assigned based on shot locations, and the team with the highest total score earns 200 "Challenge Points." Tiebreakers involve shooting from a designated spot.

The overall Skills Challenge Champion is determined by the team with the most Challenge Points after Round 3. A Half-Court Shot Tiebreaker is implemented in case of a tie, where teams compete to make a half-court shot in the fastest time. If needed, the final round is repeated for resolution.

With names like Victor Wembanyama, Anthony Edwards, and Tyrese Haliburton taking the limelight it will be interesting to see what the result of the skills challenge is.  The trio of Jordan Clarkson, Walker Kessler, and Collin Sexton won the 2023 Skills Challenge and were a part of the home team, the Utah Jazz

NBA All-Star Weekend Three-Point Contest

The classic NBA 3-Point Contest, which has been a feature of All-Star Weekend since 1986, will continue in the same format in 2024. The tournament includes five racks placed around the three-point range, each with five balls. Regular shots offer a value of one point, but the desired "money balls" bring in two points apiece. Adding to the excitement, two deep shots on the wings are worth three points each.

The players who enter this contest are also established superstars like Damian Lillard who won the contest last year. Stephen Curry has won this contest 2 times, Kyrie Irving who won in 2013, etc. This year is no different as the roster includes Damian Lillard again, and also features names like Tyrese Haliburton, Donovan Mitchell, Malik Beasley, Jalen Brunson, Lauri Markkanen, Trae Young, and Karl-Anthony Towns who vying for the trophy.

Lillard is likely the top contender in this year's 3-Point Contest, having clinched the title in the previous season. Despite a 34.7 percent shooting performance from beyond the arc in his debut season with the Bucks, his career average stands at an impressive 37.1 percent.

Haliburton, who joined the event last season, is optimistic about securing victory on his home court at Gainbridge Fieldhouse this year. Currently maintaining a 39.7 percent shooting accuracy from deep this season, he possesses a notable career record of 40.5 percent from beyond the arc.

Brunson might pose a significant challenge to Lillard's quest for a repeat in the 3-Point Contest championship. Since joining the Knicks for the 2022-23 season, he has showcased an impressive 41.3 percent shooting accuracy from beyond the arc. In the current season, spanning 49 games, he maintains a notable 41.1 percent success rate from long-range.

So, as the league honors the long-standing tradition, participants and spectators can expect another display of sharpshooting skills and fierce competition in the chase of 3-point glory.

Slam Dunk Contest

The Slam Dunk Contest, often regarded as the centerpiece of NBA All-Star Weekend, is creating increased anticipation for the 2024 event. The traditional format remains, with four dunkers receiving two dunk attempts in the first two rounds. The highest aggregate scores determine the criteria for advancement, with the top two performers gaining the opportunity to display their abilities in the final round. In this last round, the finalists each do two more jaw-dropping dunks in the hopes of winning the prestigious championship.

Mac McClung, last year's star performance who stole the show, has accepted the offered invitation to return. Alongside him a major name from the best team in the NBA currently the Boston Celtics, is joining, Jaylen Brown. Other names include Jaime Jaquez Jr. from the Maimi Heat and Jacob Toppin, Westchester Knicks from the G League.

With the star power of Brown added to the mix the event promises to bring jaw-dropping athleticism, innovation, and, potentially, a few unforgettable moments.

Rising Stars Challenge

The event will include 28 participants divided into four seven-person teams competing in a three-game mini-tournament. Then the teams who triumph will advance to the semi-final games where they will play to a target score of 40, adding a level of intensity to the games. And then finally the championship game, which will have a target score of 25, promises to be an exciting end to the competition.

This challenge however consists of all the potential future stars of the NBA like Victor Wembanyama. He was able to single-handedly take his team to glory by putting up 30 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 7 blocks to defeat the formidable team of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Another player who will be a part of this challenge is Chet Holmgren. He has been a boon to the Oklahoma City Thunders averaging 16.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. Even Paolo Banchero from the Orlando Magic will be a part of this contest who has even better averages than Holmgren. He can achieve 23.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists per game and has asserted his dominance in the league.  These are just a few future superstars who are showing the potential of being one of the greats in the sport of basketball in the future.

NBA All-Star Rising Stars player rosters

The Rising Star player rosters are divided into three sections,

The 2024 Panini Rising Stars rookies' roster

Bilal Coulibaly (Wizards), Keyonte George (Jazz), Jordan Hawkins (Pelicans), Scoot Henderson (Trail Blazers), Chet Holmgren (Thunder), Jaime Jaquez. Jr. (Heat), Dereck Lively II (Mavericks), Brandon Miller (Hornets), Brandin Podziemski (Warriors), Cason Wallace (Thunder), Victor Wembanyama (Spurs)

2024 Panini Rising Stars sophomores' roster

Paolo Banchero (Magic), Dyson Daniels (Pelicans), Jalen Duren (Pistons), Jaden Ivey (Pistons), Walker Kessler (Jazz), Bennedict Mathurin (Pacers), Keegan Murray (Kings), Shaedon Sharpe (Trail Blazers), Jabari Smith Jr. (Rockets), Jalen Williams (Thunder)

2024 Panini Rising Stars G League players' roster

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 Mad Ants), Alondes Williams (Sioux Falls Skyforce)

First-ever NBA vs. WNBA challenge

Stephen Curry, the NBA's all-time 3-point leader, and Sabrina Ionescu, the WNBA's single-season record holder, will compete in the first "Stephen vs. Sabrina" 3-Point Challenge on Saturday Night at the State Farm All-Star Weekend. The tournament not only brings together two basketball giants, but it also has a charity objective. The NBA and WNBA will donate to Curry's Eat.Learn.Play. foundation and Ionescu's SI20 Foundation, respectively.

Additionally, each successful shot by Curry and Ionescu results in a State Farm donation to the NBA Foundation, which promotes economic empowerment in the Black community. Using the traditional STARRY 3-Point Contest regulations, the event awards $1,000 for regular 3-pointers, $2,000 for money balls, and $3,000 for the "STARRY Range Ball" - a deep 3-pointer. Curry will be shooting from the NBA 3-point line with NBA basketballs, whereas Ionescu will show off her abilities from the WNBA 3-point line.

The friendly challenge arose after Ionescu dominated the STARRY WNBA 3-Point Contest at AT&T WNBA All-Star 2023, breaking records and winning the event. Curry challenged her during a mic'd-up moment, and Ionescu publicly accepted his challenge via social media. So now as the fans prepare for a historic collision of skill and gender, "Stephen vs. Sabrina" promises to be one of the main attractions of All-Star Weekend, combining competitiveness, and philanthropy.