Why should you attend the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, NC?
Your Vote Matters
Every February, the NBA hosts the featured event of NBA All-Star Weekend, an exhibition game matching a mix of the league’s star players, who are drafted by the two players with the most votes from their respective conferences.
50% of the votes to select the the starting lineup are comprised of fan votes, while NBA players and media each hold 25% of the vote. With fans holding the majority of the vote, its likely that the leagues best and most popular players will be chosen as starters in the game, and it means you may just see the majority of players you voted for facing off.
Fan voting typically opens in December and by January, the results are in for the ultimate basketball All-Star Game!
The New All-Star Game Format
Last year's All-Star Game was the first ever to allow the team captains (selected by majority vote from their conference) to select players from the rest of the starters and the reserves, regardless of the conference they play in.
In 2018, chosen team captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry led the following roster:
Team Lebron Roster:
Head Coach: Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors)
DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans)
Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics)
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Team Stephen Roster:
Head Coach: Mike D'Antoni (Houston Rockets)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)
Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)
James Harden (Houston Rockets)
The game is known for its playful and liberating nature that allows players to make bold moves, often attempting slam dunks and alley-oops.
All-Star Weekend Fast Facts
- The events begin on Friday with the Rising Stars Challenge, where first- and second-year players are selected by the NBA's assistant coaches to plan an exhibition game.
- Typically following is the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, which well... is a game in which celebrities participate. Some of last years celebs included Justin Bieber, Michael B. Jordan and even former NBA players like Tracy McGrady and Nate Robinson and current WNBA players, Stefanie Dolson and Candace Parker.
All-Star Saturday Night
- The night before the big game, players participate in the Skills Challenge that shows off players' ball-handling, passing and shooting ability, the Three-Point Contest and the Slam Dunk Contest.
Sunday Game Day
- The official NBA All-Star Game kicks off Sunday night
- Each team consists of a total of 12 players
- Starters are chosen by majority vote from fans, players and online voting
- Non-start players, or reserves, are chosen through a vote made by the head coaches
- Coaches cannot vote for their own players
- The All-Star Game has no impact on team rankings, but is kept competitive with the incentive of donating the proceeds to a charity of their choice
Whether you're a basketball fanatic or a general sports fan, NBA All-Star Weekend is unlike any other event: a weekend of close-up experiences and free-form fun with the greatest players in the game. Don't miss out on the basketball event of a lifetime - make the trip to Charlotte, NC!