NBA All Star Game 2019
The NBA All Star Game 2019 is days away, and we’ve got you covered, from roster details all the way to the final bucket. Here’s everything you need to know heading into All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.
All-Star celebrities: Ray’s still got game
Someone give Ray a 10-day!: Ray Allen hasn’t played since the 2014 NBA Finals, but it didn’t show as the Hall of Famer put on a shooting display in Charlotte. Allen put up 24 points and 9 rebounds, including plenty of “4-pointers” in a losing effort.
Famous Los wins MVP: The comedian, Instagram star and former Division II baller poured in 22 points to take home the MVP and lead Team Home to the thrilling 82-80 victory. He also put up the game’s only 5-point play!
Rising Stars: USA! USA!
MVP Kuzma leads the way: Rising Stars MVP Kyle Kuzma dropped a game-high 35 points to propel Team USA to a 161-144 win. Ben Simmons carried Team World with 28 of his own.
Dunk contest … on a Friday? Hawks high-flyer John Collins, who will participate in this weekend’s dunk contest, warmed up with handful of highlight-reel slams. If his performance in the Rising Stars game was any indication, we should be in for a show on All-Star Saturday night.
Rising Stars grades: How did Rookie of the Year favorite Luka Doncic fare? What about stars Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum? Kevin Pelton grades the games of all 20 players to hit the court in Charlotte.
All-Star Saturday Night: 8 p.m. ET (TNT)
Skills contest: A field of eight (four frontcourt, four backcourt players) competes head-to-head in a three-round timed tournament, with the brackets’ two winners battling for the title in the final round. Players must complete the following obstacle-course drills in order: ballhandling, passing, layup/dunk, 3-pointer.
Odds (via Westgate Las Vegas SportsBook):
Mike Conley: 6/1
Luka Doncic: 4/1
De’Aaron Fox: 7/2
Nikola Jokic: 6/1
Kyle Kuzma: 8/1
Jayson Tatum: 6/1
Nikola Vucevic: 10/1
Trae Young: 4/1
3-point contest: Ten of the game’s best shooters — including Stephen Curry, Seth Curry, Dirk Nowitzki and defending champ Devin Booker — take the court for the two-round competition, with each player having 60 seconds to shoot and make as many of the 25 balls as he can. Four of the five racks include four regulation NBA balls (one point) and one “money” ball (two points). The fifth rack consists only of money balls and can be placed at any of the five shooting locations.
- Round 1: Nine shooters take the court in random order, while the defending champion — Booker — will shoot last.
- Championship: The top three from Round 1 will compete in the championship round, with the lowest Round 1 score competing first and highest Round 1 score competing last.
- Tiebreakers: If necessary, a 30-second tiebreaker would decide the final spot in the championship round; a 60-second tiebreaker would decide the 2019 champion.
- Odds (via Westgate Las Vegas SportsBook):
Devin Booker: 4/1
Seth Curry: 12/1
Stephen Curry: 7/5
Danny Green: 16/1
Joe Harris: 8/1
Buddy Hield: 6/1
Damian Lillard: 10/1
Khris Middleton: 14/1
Dirk Nowitzki: 40/1
Kemba Walker: 14/1
Dunk contest: Four of the game’s high-flyers — Charlotte’s Miles Bridges, Atlanta’s John Collins, OKC’s Hamidou Diallo and New York’s Dennis Smith Jr. — take center stage in All-Star Saturday Night’s premier event.
- Round 1: Each competitor will complete two dunks, and the two players with the highest composite scores will move on to the championship round.
- Championship: The remaining two competitors will each complete two dunks; the player with the highest composite score is crowned champion. As is the case for Round 1, the maximum score per round is 100, while the lowest score is 60.
- Tiebreakers: If necessary, a one-dunk “dunk-off” will determine who advances to the championship round or who is crowned champion. If, after a championship-round dunk-off two players are still tied, a “judges’ choice” will determine a 2019 winner.