NBA All-Star Game 2024: Where to Watch, Players Who Made the Final List, Major Snubs, and More

Published 02/12/2024, 11:01 AM EST

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It’s the NBA All-Star weekend and celebs are all set to grace us with their presence this weekend, with the excitement tipping off from February 16, 2024. This year’s edition will take place in Indianapolis at the Pacers’ homecourt, Gainbridge Fieldhouse. To kick off the festivities, there will of course be an all-celebrity game and this year, we will get to see Shannon Sharpe teaming up against Stephen A. Smith, coaching their squads.

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While Team Shannon will have a Grammy Award-winning star, 50 Cent, and Peyton Manning as coaches. Team Stephen A. will have Lil Wayne and A’ja Wilson as coaches. A mix of NFL and WNBA players, with other artists and content creators, will also be featured as team players. So, from rosters, to players who made the final list, snubs and where to watch, here’s everything you should know about this year’s celebrity games.

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If the fans want to experience the All-Star showdown, some affordable tickets start from $68 and go upwards of $24,000 according to your budget.

When does it start?

Games are scheduled for 7 p.m. ET or 4 p.m. PT.

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Where to watch/listen?

ESPN is airing this year’s edition with Ryan Ruocco giving us play-by-play insights, and Richard Jefferson and Monica McNutt as analysts. Pat McAfee is also slated to make a guest appearance. Fans can also enjoy streaming the game on the ESPN website and the app.

The game will also be available to stream on ESPN.com and the ESPN app. You can also stream the games on the NBA app.

And for the other basketball enthusiasts, all the live action will also be available on TNT and TBS, guaranteeing that no one misses a second of the exhilarating games. Furthermore, the radio service SiriusXM will broadcast the game for those on the go or without access to a television, allowing fans to listen in from anywhere.

Classic Showdowns: East vs West

2024 All-Star Weekend is the return of the classic East vs West All-Star showdown last played in 2017. The teams have been formed accordingly.

The Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the Eastern Conference, with Joel Embiid, Jayson Tatum, Tyrese Haliburton, and Damian Lillard acting as starters for his team. However, as Joel Embiid is injured, he will be replaced by a reserve from their team and those players are Bam Adebayo, Paolo Banchero, Jaylen Brown, Jalen Brunson, Tyrese Maxey, Donovan Mitchell, and Julius Randle.

On the other hand, leading the Western Conference is the 20x All-Star LeBron James. Alongside him, we have Kevin Durant, Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as the starters. However, in case anyone gets injured or does not play due to some unforeseen circumstance, the reserves for West include Devin Booker, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Anthony Edwards, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and Karl-Anthony Towns.

But due to the NBA having so much talent, there are obviously some players who did not make the list which has caused some frustration among their loyal fanbases.

NBA All-Star 2024 Snubs

There are many notable names included in this year’s snub list, with the most notable one being Domantas Sabonis. He has near-triple-double averages and made significant contributions to the Sacramento Kings. He is second only to Nikola Jokić in triple-doubles this season and has been a driving force behind his team’s success, displaying efficiency and consistency on the floor.

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Even Sabonis’ colleague De’Aaron Fox, whose outstanding play has been key in the Kings’ rise, joins him on the list of overlooked players. Fox’s ability to control the speed of the game and perform in crucial situations displays his worth as a top-tier player deserving of recognition.

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Another evident snub is James Harden, whose return to the LA Clippers has resulted in a revival of his playmaking talents, which has contributed greatly to his team’s success. While his scoring has dropped since his Houston Rockets days, Harden remains a powerful force on the floor.

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Even Alperen Şengün has given some amazing performances for the Rockets but got overlooked, maybe because of his teams’ failures. However, one of the biggest shockers for the fans was to not see Trae Young on the All-Star starter list. He is only an injury replacement in the Eastern Conference reserves. Despite the complaints about his playing style, Young’s on-court accomplishments are undeniable, making his absence a point of disagreement among fans and experts alike.

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