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The 2019 NBA All-Star Game was the 68th edition of the exhibition basketball game played on February 17, 2019. This was the second time that the format was not East/West. The game was held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the Charlotte Hornets.[2] Charlotte was announced as host on May 24, 2017. This was the second time that Charlotte hosted the All-Star Game; the first time was in 1991, at the Hornets' previous home arena Charlotte Coliseum.[3] The game was supposed to be played in Charlotte in 2017, but was moved to New Orleans because of controversy surrounding the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. The game was televised by TNT for the 17th straight year, and was also simulcast on TBS in some markets.

2019 NBA All-Star Game
NBA All-Star 2019 logo.png
1234 Total
Team LeBron 37455046 178
Team Giannis 53423633 164
DateFebruary 17, 2019
ArenaSpectrum Center
CityCharlotte, North Carolina
MVPKevin Durant (Team LeBron)
National anthemAnthony Hamilton (American)
Carly Rae Jepsen (Canadian)[1]
Halftime showJ. Cole[1]
NetworkTNT
TBS (as all-star game)
AnnouncersMarv Albert, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber, and Kristen Ledlow (All-Star Game – TNT)
Greg Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Charles Barkley, and Dennis Scott (All Star Game Players Only – TBS)
Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber, Kenny Smith, Donovan Mitchell, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Allie LaForce (All-Star Saturday Night)
Adam Lefkoe, Danny Green, Frank Kaminsky, and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (Rising Stars Challenge)
NBA All-Star Game
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Contents

All-Star GameEdit

CoachesEdit

Mike Budenholzer (left) and Michael Malone (right) were selected as head coach for Team Giannis and Team LeBron, respectively.

The two teams were coached from their respective conference. Mike Budenholzer, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, was named as the head coach for Team Giannis.[4] Michael Malone, coach of the Denver Nuggets, was named as the head coach for Team LeBron.[5] It marks the first time since the 2008 NBA All-Star Game where both coaches did not have a playoff berth during the previous season.[6]

RostersEdit

The rosters for the All-Star Game are selected through a voting process. The NBA partnered with Google and removed counting #nbavote hashtags as fan votes. The starters were chosen by the fans, media, and current NBA players. Fans made up 50% of the vote, and NBA players and media each comprised 25% of the vote. The two guards and three frontcourt players who received the highest cumulative vote totals were named the All-Star starters.[7] NBA head coaches will vote for the reserves for their respective conferences, none of which can be players from their own team. Each coach selects two guards, three frontcourt players and two wild cards, with each selected player ranked in order of preference within each category. If a multi-position player is to be selected, coaches are encouraged to vote for the player at the position that was "most advantageous for the All-Star team", regardless of where the player was listed on the All-Star ballot or the position he was listed in box scores.

The All-Star Game starters were announced on January 24, 2019. Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics and Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets were named the backcourt starters in the East, earning their sixth and third all-star appearances, respectively. Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks were named the frontcourt starters in the East, both earning their third all-star appearances. Joining in the East frontcourt was Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, his second selection.[8]

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and James Harden of the Houston Rockets were named to the starting backcourt in the West, earning their sixth and seventh all-star appearances, respectively. In the frontcourt, Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors was named to his tenth career all-star game, along with Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, their sixth and 15th all-star selections, respectively.[8]

The All-Star Game reserves were announced on January 31, 2019.[9] The West reserves include Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, his eighth selection, Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, his fifth selection, LaMarcus Aldridge of the San Antonio Spurs, his seventh selection, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, his fourth selection, Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans, his sixth selection, Nikola Jokić of the Denver Nuggets, his first selection, and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves, his second selection.[10]

The East reserves include Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, his fifth selection, Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks, his first selection, Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards, his second selection, Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers, his second selection, Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, his first selection, Nikola Vučević of the Orlando Magic, his first selection, and Blake Griffin of the Detroit Pistons, his sixth selection.[10]

On February 1, 2019, Commissioner Adam Silver named Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki as special team roster additions for the game, citing their contributions to the game. They were selected in the final round of the 2019 All-Star Draft, making each roster consist of 13 players.[11]

  • Italics indicates leading vote-getters per conference

^INJ1 Victor Oladipo was unable to play due to a knee injury.[10]
^REP1 D'Angelo Russell was selected as Victor Oladipo's replacement.[12]
^SPL Special roster addition.[11]

DraftEdit

The draft took place on February 7, 2019. LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo were named as captains for receiving the most votes from the West and East, respectively.[8] The first eight players drafted are starters. The next 14 players (seven from each conference) were chosen by NBA head coaches. The final two selections were selected from the special team roster additions to the game. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will select the replacement for any player unable to participate in the All-Star Game, choosing a player from the same conference as the player who is being replaced. Silver's selection would join the team that drafted the replaced player. If a replaced player is a starter, the head coach of that team will choose a new starter from his cast of players instead.

James picked Kevin Durant with his first pick, and Antetokounmpo picked Stephen Curry second. After the draft, James traded 16th pick Russell Westbrook to Antetokounmpo for 13th pick Ben Simmons. Team Giannis will be the home team due to the Eastern Conference having home team status for the game.[13]

2019 All-Star Draft
Pick Player Team
1 Kevin Durant LeBron
2 Stephen Curry Giannis
3 Kyrie Irving LeBron
4 Joel Embiid Giannis
5 Kawhi Leonard LeBron
6 Paul George Giannis
7 James Harden LeBron
8 Kemba Walker Giannis
9 Khris Middleton Giannis
10 Anthony Davis LeBron
11 Nikola Jokić Giannis
12 Klay Thompson LeBron
13 Ben Simmons* Giannis
14 Damian Lillard LeBron
15 Blake Griffin Giannis
16 Russell Westbrook* LeBron
17 D'Angelo Russell Giannis
18 LaMarcus Aldridge LeBron
19 Nikola Vučević Giannis
20 Karl-Anthony Towns LeBron
21 Kyle Lowry Giannis
22 Bradley Beal LeBron
23 Dwyane Wade LeBron
24 Dirk Nowitzki Giannis

*Ben Simmons was traded to Team LeBron and Russell Westbrook went to Team Giannis.

LineupsEdit

GameEdit

February 17, 2019
8:30 pm ET
Team LeBron 178, Team Giannis 164
Scoring by quarter: 37–53, 45–42, 50–36, 46–33
Pts: Kevin Durant 31
Rebs: Kyrie Irving 9
Asts: Ben Simmons 7
Pts: Giannis Antetokounmpo 38
Rebs: Joel Embiid 12
Asts: Kemba Walker 8
Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
Referees:
  • Curtis Blair
  • Scott Foster
  • David Guthrie

All-Star WeekendEdit

NBA on TNT American Express Road ShowEdit

The 2019 All-Star Weekend began on Thursday, February 14, 2019, with the annual NBA on TNT American Express Road Show, a live broadcast of Inside the NBA that took place at The Fillmore Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was hosted by Ernie Johnson Jr., Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal, with special performances by Chris Tucker (Thursday) and Rae Sremmurd (Friday).[14]

Celebrity GameEdit

The 2019 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles was played on Friday, February 15, 2019, at the Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.[15][16] The Home team featured personnel who either was born, raised, and/or played in North Carolina or South Carolina. Both teams will have one "Hometown Hero" on their roster honoring exemplary citizens who rose to the occasion to help save others in the time of need.[17] Playing for the Home Team is Jason Weinmann, a 47 year-old U.S. Marine who used his own military transport vehicle to rescue New Bern, NC residents stranded during Hurricane Florence in 2018.[18] Playing for the Away Team is James Shaw Jr., an 29 year-old electrical technician who disarmed a gunman armed with an AR-15 style rifle during the Nashville Waffle House shooting in Antioch, Tennessee.[19] The 2019 Celebrity All-Star Game MVP was won by Famous Los, who scored 22 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists.[20]

February 15, 2019
7:00 pm ET
Away Team 80, Home Team 82
Scoring by quarter: 22–30, 25–21, 7–21, 26–10
Pts: Quavo 27
Rebs: Quavo, Allen 9
Pts: Famous Los 22
Rebs: Colter 6

Rising Stars ChallengeEdit

^INJ Lonzo Ball is unable to participate due to a left ankle injury.[22]
^REP Kevin Knox was selected as Lonzo Ball's replacement.[23]

February 15
9:00 pm ET
Team World 144, Team USA 161
Scoring by half: 71–83, 73–78
Pts: Ben Simmons 28
Rebs: DeAndre Ayton 8
Asts: Luka Doncic 9
Pts: Kyle Kuzma 35
Rebs: Jayson Tatum 9
Asts: De'Aaron Fox 16
Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
Referees:
  • #27 Mitchell Ervin
  • #50 Gediminas Petraitis
  • #51 Aaron Smith


Skills ChallengeEdit

Contestants
Pos. Player Team Height Weight
G Mike Conley Jr. Memphis Grizzlies 6–1 175
G/F Luka Dončić Dallas Mavericks 6–7 218
G De'Aaron Fox Sacramento Kings 6–3 175
C Nikola Jokić Denver Nuggets 7–0 250
F Kyle Kuzma Los Angeles Lakers 6–9 220
F Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics 6–8 208
C Nikola Vučević Orlando Magic 7–0 260
G Trae Young Atlanta Hawks 6–2 180
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
Nikola Jokić (Denver) O
Nikola Vučević (Orlando) X
Nikola Jokić (Denver) X
Jayson Tatum (Boston) O
Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis) X
Jayson Tatum (Boston) O
Jayson Tatum (Boston) O
Trae Young (Atlanta) X
De'Aaron Fox (Sacramento) X
Trae Young (Atlanta) O
Trae Young (Atlanta) O
Luka Dončić (Dallas) X
Luka Dončić (Dallas) O
Kyle Kuzma (LA Lakers) X

Three Point ContestEdit

Contestants
Pos. Player Team Height Weight First round Final round
G/F Joe Harris Brooklyn Nets 6–6 218 25 26
G Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 6–3 190 27 24
G Buddy Hield Sacramento Kings 6–4 214 26 19
G/F Danny Green Toronto Raptors 6–6 215 23 DNQ
G Devin Booker Phoenix Suns 6–6 210 23
G Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers 6–3 195 17
F/C Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks 7–0 245 17
G Seth Curry Portland Trail Blazers 6–2 185 16
G Kemba Walker Charlotte Hornets 6–1 184 15
G/F Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks 6–8 222 11

Slam Dunk ContestEdit

Contestants
Pos. Player Team Height Weight First round Final round
G Hamidou Diallo Oklahoma City Thunder 6–5 198 98 (48+50) 88 (43+45)
G Dennis Smith Jr. New York Knicks 6–3 195 95 (45+50) 85 (35+50)
F Miles Bridges Charlotte Hornets 6–7 225 83 (33+50) DNQ
F John Collins Atlanta Hawks 6–10 234 82 (40+42)

ReferencesEdit

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