The 2023 NBA All-Star Game is an exhibition basketball game that will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 19, 2023, at the home arena of the Utah Jazz club Vivint Smart Home -arena. This game will be the 72nd All-Star game in NBA history. The city hosted the All-Star Game in 1993 at the Delta Center.
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NBA All-Star game Format
The format of the All-Star match has not changed from the previous time. The top voters among fans, journalists, and players from each conference will serve as team captains. Each captain chooses first the players of the starting five, and then the substitutes. The captain can choose a player for his team from any conference.
NBA All-Star game Coaches
The coaches at the NBA All-Star game are those coaches whose teams have the highest winning percentage in each conference, based on statistics as of February 5, 2023.
However, the NBA rule states that a coach who already coached an all-star team last year cannot be selected this year, even if his team has the best winning percentage in their conference. Therefore, Eric Spoelstra and Monty Williams could not be selected.
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Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla has been selected as Giannis Antetokounmpo’s head coach. Under his leadership, as of January 30, 2023, the club from Boston won 36 victories and lost 15 matches.
Denver Nuggets mentor Michael Malone was chosen as LeBron James’ head coach. Under his leadership, as of February 5, 2023, the club from Denver won 37 victories and lost 16 matches.
Team composition is defined in two ways. Starting five teams are voted on by fans(50%), NBA players (25%), and NBA journalists(25%. When voting in the starting five, two back-row players and three front-row players must be selected. Fans will be able to vote for any NBA player once a day. Journalists and NBA players will be able to vote once. Players have the right to vote for themselves and their teammates.
NBA All-Star starters were announced on Jan. 26 on TNT, and the reserves announced on Feb. 2. This will be the sixth consecutive season in which the All-Star Game uses a “draft” format, in which each conference’s top vote-getter will serve as captain and draft a roster from the remaining 22 players. The voting itself began on December 20, 2022, and ended on January 21, 2022
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks won the vote in the Eastern Conference. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Jason Tatum have been starting five in previous games. Donovan Mitchell will make his debut in the starting five of the All-Star game.
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers became the voting lead in the Western Conference. LeBron James, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, Stephen Curry, and Zion Williamson have been starting five in previous games.
Backup players are determined by voting among the head coaches of the respective conference teams. The coach does not have the right to vote for the players of his team. Spare players of the team are recruited from two defenders, three front-line players, and two players, regardless of their roles.
James and Antetokounmpo will select their teams in a draft held immediately before the All-Star Game. This year, TNT will air the All-Star draft as a new, live pregame segment on Sunday. If a player is injured, a replacement is determined by the NBA commissioner from the same conference as the basketball player.
Who will not be able to take part in the All- Star Game.
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant will not play in the All-Star game as he continues to recover from a sprained MCL in his knee, Durant’s replacement has not yet been named.
New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson also will not play as he is rehabbing a hamstring injury. Stephen Curry will miss the game due to an injury
NBA All-Star Weekend Game 2023 timetable
- NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN and the ESPN App) Friday, Feb. 17
- NBA Rising Stars Challenge, 9 p.m. ET (TNT), Saturday, Feb. 18
- NBA HBCU Classic: Grambling State vs. Southern, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN2 and the ESPN App)
- NBA AIl-Star (skills challenge, 3-point contest, dunk contest), 8 p.m. ET (TNT) Sunday, Feb. 19
- 72nd NBA All-Star Game, 8 p.m. ET (TNT)
- LeBron James
- Anthony Davis
- Kawhi Leonard
- Luka Doncic
- James Harden
- Ben Simmons
- Nikola Jokic
- Jayson Tatum
- Chris Paul
- Russell Westbrook
- Domantas Sabonis
- Devin Booker
Team Giannis :
- Giannis Antetokounmpo ;
- Joel Embiid
- Pascal Siakam
- Kemba Walker
- Trae Young
- Khris Middleton
- Bam Adebayo
- Rudy Gobert
- Jimmy Butler
- Kyle Lowry
- Brandon Ingram
- Donovan Mitchell
NBA All-Star game MVP
The NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP award is given to the player who is voted the best performer in the annual All-Star Game, based on the number of points received in votes cast by a panel of members of the Basketball Writer’s Association of America once the game has finished.
A further 20 percent of the final result comes from votes received by the public. Voting for the All-Star Game MVP can be done via SMS or through Twitter, using the relevant hashtags.
Kia All Star (MVP).
NBA legends Kobe Bryant and Bob Pettit share the record for the most All-Star Game MVP awards, having both picked up the accolade four times.
In February 2020, the NBA decided to rename the All-Star MVP award after Kobe Bryant, who tragically passed away with his daughter Gianna in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California.
Top players who could win All-Star Game MVP
While NBA stars can just goof around and attempt shots they don’t normally execute in a regular game, the MVP award is a reason for them to still take things a bit seriously. On that note, let’s take a look at three players who could win the All-Star game MVP award:
1. Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic has been phenomenal all season. Before the arrival of Kyrie Irving, Doncic single-handedly carried the Dallas Mavericks and had amazing performances Arriving at the All-Star Game, he was able to show everyone why he named Luka “Magic” in the first place. It will be interesting to see how the Slovenian superstar will show off his strange moves.
2. Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid is a superstar with the potential to win multiple awards in the NBA. He has competed in many MVP races in his career but has yet to win If he can’t be MVP in the league, maybe he can be MVP in the All-Star Game. Embiid is having the best season of his career and could bounce back and win the All-Star Weekend MVP title.
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo
The “Greek freak” is no stranger to winning gold. He is already an NBA champion, Finals MVP, two-time league MVP and All-Star MVP in 2021. Given his ability and the fact that he too will have a monster season this year, Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the favorites to win another All-Star MVP award.
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