NBA All-Star Weekend: Six key questions ahead of this weekend’s showcase in Cleveland | NBA News – Reuters

The 2022 NBA All-Star begins this weekend in Cleveland and thrills shouldn’t be missing from the Clorox Rising Stars game on Friday at State Farm All-Star Saturday Night and, of course, the 71st NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.

It promises to be a fabulous weekend of action and you can enjoy it every day live on Sky Sports.

Below are six key questions surrounding these events as NBA All-Star Weekend begins Friday night.

Will Team LeBron remain undefeated?

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His Hall of Fame-bound resume will primarily focus on his four NBA championships, 10 Finals appearances and high position on the league’s all-time goalscoring and assists list, but the track record of LeBron James during All-Star Weekend also deserves attention. Team LeBron has gone 4-0 in the All-Star Game since James became captain in the NBA’s new All-Star Game format. He looks set to remain unbeaten with a roster this year including Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic.

LeBron Team Roster

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers (captain)
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets


Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat
Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns
Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors
James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers (injured) Jarrett Allen, Cleveland Cavaliers

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LeBron James couldn’t stay the course after Kevin Durant picked Rudy Gobert over James Harden in the NBA All-Star Draft

Composition of the Durant team

Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets (captain – injured)
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks


Ball LaMelo, Charlotte Hornets
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
Zach LaVineChicago Bulls
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Dejounte Murray, San Antonio Spurs
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors (injured)

Certainly, the risk of drafting All-Stars pales considerably towards building an actual NBA roster through the draft, trades, and free agency under a salary cap. Nonetheless, James has struck a good balance each year between size and speed, shooters and defenders as well as veterans and rising stars.

Who will be the All-Star MVP?

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Heatcheck pundit Mo Mooncey backs LeBron James to win All-Star Game MVP award in his hometown of Cleveland

There are several possible candidates. James could join Kobe Bryant and Bob Pettit as the only players in NBA history to collect four All-Star MVPs. Giannis Antetokounmpo could join Russell Westbrook as the only player in NBA history to win the All-Star MVP award in consecutive seasons. Or Chris Paul could win his second All-Star MVP nine years after winning his first.

My big favorite is James for several reasons. He has the potential to make All-Star history. He can do it when he returns to Cleveland. And he may enjoy relative success after facing plenty of adversity in the first half of the 2021-22 campaign with the Lakers.

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Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid set to dominate 2022 All-Star Game in Cleveland after being named starter

Still, don’t be surprised if Joel Embiid, Ja Morant or DeMar DeRozan win the new Kobe Bryant trophy awarded to the All-Star MVP.

How will Cleveland celebrate NBA 75?

The league will celebrate NBA 75 at halftime on Sunday with a ceremony that will include award-winning singer and part-time Cavaliers owner (Usher), director and avid New York Knicks fan (Spike Lee) and comedians ( Tiffany Haddish, Anthony Anderson). Safe to say that some members of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary team will also attend the ceremony. It’s unclear exactly who of the past and present living NBA players on this list will be there.

I guess most will attend the event, though. When the NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary at the 1997 All-Star Game in Cleveland, 47 of those 50 players were in attendance.

How will the dunk contest bounce back?

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On February 19, 2011, Blake Griffin threw his signature dunk at a car during the Dunk Contest.

Last year’s dunk contest deserves a mulligan. It took place at halftime of the All-Star Game. There were no fans in the arena. And there were only three players who actually entered the contest. The circumstances all stem from security and planning issues surrounding the pandemic.

But even during pre-pandemic times, the NBA struggled to attract talent like it could in the 80s (Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins), early 2000s (Vince Carter) and in the last decade (Blake Griffin, Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon). Can Jalen Green, Obi Toppin, Cole Anthony, and/or Juan Toscano-Anderson come up with creative, high-flying dunks during AT&T Slam Dunk? All candidates have a promise. Green has been solid as a rookie in part because of his flair and athleticism. Toppin competed in last year’s contest which involved two dunks between the legs as well as a pinwheel after jumping over his dad and teammate (Julius Randle). Anthony and Toscano-Anderson also played with confidence and creativity.

Who can make the NBA 3-point contest as enjoyable as last year’s event?

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Relive last year’s epic NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest

Trae Young, Karl-Anthony Towns and Zach LaVine spotlight the MTN DEW 3-Point Contest entrants for this year’s All-Star State Farm Saturday Night.

It’s hard to top last year’s contest when Stephen Curry once again showed how he became the NBA’s best shooter of all time. Even though this year’s MTN DEW 3-Point Contest champ lacks a favorite and a true fan favorite, the class looks intriguing because of the parity. Maybe LaVine is rectifying last year’s first-round exit; or maybe Trae Young is becoming a showman like he did last year in the Atlanta Hawks’ first-round playoff series against the New York Knicks; or maybe Karl-Anthony Towns serves as a poster boy for big men adapting to the modern game. Don’t overlook CJ McCollum, Desmond Bane, Fred VanVleet, Luke Kennard or Patty Mills, though. All of these players can hit from deep within groups.

How will the new Rising Stars bracket unfold?

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Minnesota Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards weaves through defense before finishing with a powerful dunk in his team’s win over the Golden State Warriors – he’s one of the most exciting players in the game Clorox Rising Stars

The NBA has made a new addition to this year’s Clorox Rising Stars. There are four teams consisting of 12 rookies, 12 sophomores, and four G League Ignite players who will compete in a three-game mini-tournament. In honor of the NBA’s 75th anniversary, the first two games will be played until a team reaches 50 points. The winner of game three is the first team to reach 25 points.

The last two NBA All-Star Games have become more competitive than other All-Star snoozers due to the so-called “Elam Ending”. Under this format, there is no running game clock in the fourth quarter. In honor of Bryant’s number 24 jersey number during the second half of his NBA career, the All-Star Game takes the winning team’s score after three quarters and adds an additional 24 points to set the necessary target score to win the game.

This format created a competitive atmosphere for an All-Star Game that has often been missed in other years. Expect the Rising Stars tournament to play out the same way.

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NBA All-Star Weekend: Six key questions ahead of this weekend’s showcase in Cleveland | NBA News – Reuters