2022 NBA All-Star Game: rules and starters

A complete guide for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game: time, starters, rules, where to watch in streaming and in TV

NBA All-Star Cleveland 2022

The long-awaited moment has come: the 2022 All-Star Game night!

When does the NBA All-Star Game air?

It will start on February, 19th and, unlike last year, it will last throughout the weekend. The first event will be the Rising Stars Challenge, in a new format. The following day there will be Skill-Challenge, 3-Point Contest and Dunk Contest. On Sunday, it will be the turn of the long-awaited All-Star Game.

Here you are the program:

  • Rising Star Challenge 02:00 a.m. (GMT)
  • Skill-Challenge, 3-Point Contest, Dunk Contest: starting from 01:00 a.m. (GMT)
  • All-Star Game 01:00 a.m. (GMT)

All-Star Game Rules

The rules are very simple: the two teams are defined by the captains, namely the two most voted players, one for each Conference.

The format is the same of the last year: the two teams compete for the win of each of the first three quarters and in the last one they’ll have to reach the Final Score without time restrictions.

From December, 25th, 2021 to January, 22nd, 2022 the NBA opened the ballot to let the fans decide the Eastern and Western Conference’ starting five.

2022 All-Star Game Official Uniforms

The official uniforms for the 2022 edition of the ASG are designed by Jordan for the All-Star match, by Nike for the Rising Stars and by Converse for the Ruffle Celeb Game (Celebrity Game).


2022 All-Star Game Starters

The captains of the two teams are LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Nets’ player will not participate in the game because of a physical problem. He will be replaced by Jason Tatum.

The two teams are:

LeBron JamesKevin Durant (Jayson Tatum)
Stephen CurryDeMar DeRozan
James MorantTrae Young
Andrew WigginsGiannis Antetokounmpo
Nikola JokicJoel Embiid
2022 All-Star Game Starters

2022 All-Star Game Reserves

Eastern Conference reserves:

  • Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat)
  • Darius Garland (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • James Harden (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls)
  • Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
  • Fred VanVleet (Toronto Raptors)
  • LaMelo Ball (Charlotte Hornets)

Western Conference reserves:

  • Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
  • Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)
  • Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), replaced by Dejounte Murray (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Chris Paul (Phoenix Suns)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Team LeBron and Team Durant

On February, 10th the two captains selected the players that will be part of their respective teams.

Team LeBronTeam Durant
Giannis Antetokounmpo Joel Embiid
Stephen CurryJa Morant
DeMar DeRozanJayson Tatum
Nikola JokicAndrew Wiggins
Jimmy Butler Trae Young
Luka DoncicLaMelo Ball
Darius GarlandDevin Booker
James HardenRudy Gobert
Donovan Mitchell Draymond Green
Chris PaulZach LaVine
Fred VanVleetKhris Middleton
Dejounte Murray
Karl-Anthony Towns

2022 All-Star Game Coaches

Monty Williams and Erik Spoelstra will be the Coaches of the event. Thanks to Phoenix Suns 40th win of the season, Williams will be the Coach of Team LeBron. On the bench of Team Durant, instead, there will be the Head Coach of Miami Heat.

2022 All-Star Game Players Excluded

As usual, there have been many controversies about the great excluded players. Here is a list.

Kyrie IrvingBrooklyn Nets
Bradley Beal Washington Wizards
Domantas SabonisSacramento Kings
Pascal SiakamToronto Raptors
Tyler HerroMiami Heat
Jarrett AllenCleveland Cavaliers
Jaylen BrownBoston Celtics
Anthony DavisLos Angeles Lakers
Russell Westbrook Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony EdwardsMinnesota Timberwolves
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors
Paul GeorgeLos Angeles Clippers
Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderOklahoma City Thunder

3 Point Contest Contenders

Here you are the names of the 8 participants at the 3 Point Contest:

  • Fred VanVleet
  • Zach LaVine
  • Desmond Bane
  • Karl-Anthony Towns
  • CJ McCollum
  • Like Kennard
  • Patty Mills
  • Trae Young

Skills Challenge Contenders

Three teams with three players each:

The “Antetokounmpos”, with three of the four Antetokounmpos brothers: Giannis, Thanasis and Alex (who plays in G-League with the Raptors 905).

The “Cavs”, with the hosts of the competition: Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland and Evan Mobley.

The “Rooks”, with Scottie Barnes, Cade Cunningham and Josh Giddey.

Slam Dunk Contest Contenders

The 4 participants are:

  • Cole Anthony (Orlando Magic)
  • James Green (Houston Rockets)
  • Obi Toppin (New York Knicks)
  • Juan Toscano Anderson (Golden State Warriors)

Rising Stars’ Drafted Players

28 are the players drafted for the Rising Stars: 12 Rookies, 12 Sophomores and, for the first time, 4 G-League players. The two teams, yet to be decided, will be led by two of the best players of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.

The Rookie drafted are Scottie Barnes, Cade Cunningham, Ayo Dosunmu, Chris Duarte, Josh Giddey, Jalen Green, Herbert Jones, Davion Mitchell, Evan Mobley, Alperen Sengun, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner.

The Sophomore drafted are Precious Achiwua, Cole Anthony, LaMelo Ball, Desmond Bane, Saddiq Bey, Anthony Edwards, Tyrese Haliburton, Tyrese Maxey, Jaden McDaniels, Isaac Okoro, Isaiah Stewart, Jae’sean Tate.

From G-League we have Marjon Beauchamp, Dyson Daniels, Jaden Hardy, Scoot Henderson.

The 4 2022 Rising Stars Teams

The 4 teams selected by the 4 coaches (Rick Barry, Gary Payton, Isiah Thomas and James Worty) are:

Cade CunninghamLaMelo BallPrecious AchiwaCole Anthony
Dyson DanielsScottie BarnesDesmond BaneMarjon Beauchamp
Evan MobleyAyo DosunmuSaddiq BeyJosh Giddey
Isaac OkoroChris DuarteAnthony Edwards Jalen Green
Alperen SengunScoot HendersonTyrese HaliburtonHerbert Jones
Jae’sean TateJaden McDanielsJade HardyTyrese Maxey
Franz WagnerDavion Mitchell Isaiah Stewart Jalen Suggs

Kobe Bryant Trophy

The Kobe Bryant Trophy will be assigned to the player who will win the 2022 MVP title of the All-Star Game. Every part of the trophy is a tribute to Kobe Bryant’s career. It features an 8-sided base with 18 stars, representing his 18 All-Stars selections, and 4 levels of 2, 7, 9 and 11 inches in height, a nod to the 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011 years in which Kobe won his re ord-tying 4 All-Star MVPs. Additional levels feature stars highlighting his #24 jersey number, #10 Team USA number, 5 championship rings and league MVP award.


Clorox Clutch Challenge

The Clorox Clutch Challenge is another big news of the 2022 All-Star Game. It’s a skill game in which the players have to replicate some of the most famous plays of NBA Playoff history.

Clorox Clutch Challenge Contenders

Tyrese HaliburtonScottie BarnesEvan MobleyFanbo Zeng
Desmond BaneChris DuarteJosh GiddeyMichael Foster Jr.

Where To Watch The 2022 All-Star Game

TNT is the official broadcaster of the NBA All-Star Game live streaming in the UK.

It will also be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA (Arena) and Sky Sports Mix, with coverage underway from 01:00 a.m. (GMT).

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