2023 NBA All-Star Game
1234 Total
Team Giannis 46535926 184
Team LeBron 46464934 175
DateFebruary 19, 2023
ArenaVivint Arena
CitySalt Lake City
MVPJayson Tatum (Team Giannis)
National anthemJully Black (Canadian)
Jewel (American)
Halftime showBurna Boy, Tems, and Rema
NetworkTNT
TBS (as all-star game)
AnnouncersBrian Anderson, Reggie Miller, Candace Parker, and Dennis Scott (All-Star Game, TNT)
Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, and Draymond Green (Inside the All-Star Game, TBS)
Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Draymond Green, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O'Neal, and Adam Lefkoe (All-Star Saturday Night)
Adam Lefkoe, Jamal Crawford, Candace Parker, and Stephanie Ready (Rising Stars Tournament)
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The 2023 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition game played on February 19, 2023, during the National Basketball Association's 2022–23 season, held on the 30th anniversary of the first All-Star Game held in Salt Lake City in 1993. It was the 72nd edition of the event.[1] The game was hosted by the Utah Jazz at Vivint Arena (later Delta Center), and was televised nationally by TNT for the 21st consecutive year.

The announcement of the site selection was made on October 23, 2019, at a press conference held by the NBA and the Jazz.[2][3][4]

Team Giannis defeated Team LeBron 184–175. It was Team Giannis' first All-Star Game victory, handing Team LeBron their first (and only) loss in such game. Jayson Tatum scored an All-Star Game record 55 points, and was named All-Star Game MVP. This also marked the last NBA All-Star Game using the format with the team captains' names on their teams, as the NBA announced the return to the East vs. West format in October 2023.[5]

All-Star Game

Coaches

Denver Nuggets' Michael Malone (left) and Boston Celtics' Joe Mazzulla (right) were selected as head coach for Team LeBron and Team Giannis, respectively.

Joe Mazzulla, coach of the Boston Celtics,[a] qualified as the head coach of Team Giannis on January 30.[6] Michael Malone, coach of the Denver Nuggets, qualified as the head coach of Team LeBron on February 1.[7]

Rosters

As had been the case in previous years, the rosters for the All-Star Game were selected through a voting process. The fans could vote through the NBA website as well as through their Google account. 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 in each conferences were named the All-Star starters and two players in each conferences with the highest votes were named team captains.[8] NBA head coaches voted for the reserves for their respective conferences, none of which could be players from their own team. Each coach selected 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 was to be selected, coaches were 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.[9]

The All-Star Game starters were announced on January 26, 2023. Kyrie Irving of Brooklyn Nets (who was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on February 6) and Donovan Mitchell of the Cleveland Cavaliers were announced as of the starting guards for the East, earning their eighth and fourth all-star appearances respectively. Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets (who was traded to the Phoenix Suns on February 8) were named the frontcourt starters in the East, earning their fourth and 13th all-star appearances, respectively. Joining the East frontcourt was Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, his seventh all-star selection.[10] Durant and Irving's trades to West teams means that only 3 of the 5 East starters will be representing East teams at the time of the ASG.

Additionally, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks were named to the starting backcourt in the West, earning their ninth and fourth all-star appearances respectively. In the frontcourt, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers earned his 19th all-star appearance, tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most appearances in NBA history. Joining James in the frontcourt were Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans and Nikola Jokić of the Denver Nuggets, earning their second and fifth all-star appearances, respectively.[10]

The All-Star Game reserves were announced on February 2, 2023. The West reserves included Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers, his eighth selection; Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder, his first selection; Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies, his first selection; Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, his seventh selection; Lauri Markkanen of the Utah Jazz, his first selection; Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies, his second selection; and Domantas Sabonis of the Sacramento Kings, his third selection.[11]

The East reserves included Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat, his second selection; Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics, his second selection; DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls, his sixth selection; Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, his sixth selection; Tyrese Haliburton of the Indiana Pacers, his first selection; Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks, his second selection; and Julius Randle of the New York Knicks, his second selection.[11]

After injuries were reported from Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Zion Williamson, the NBA announced that Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors, and De'Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings would replace them as participants in the all-star game.[12][13]

Notes

Italics indicates leading vote-getters per conference.

^INJ1 Stephen Curry was unable to play due to a leg injury.[14]
^INJ2 Kevin Durant was unable to play due to a knee injury.[14]
^INJ3 Zion Williamson was unable to play due to a hamstring injury.[14]
^REP1 Pascal Siakam was selected as Kevin Durant's replacement.[14]
^REP2 Anthony Edwards was selected as Zion Williamson's replacement.[14]
^REP3 De'Aaron Fox was selected as Stephen Curry's replacement.[14]
^ST1 Joel Embiid was selected to start in place of Kevin Durant.[14]
^ST2 Ja Morant was selected to start in place of Stephen Curry.[14]
^ST3 Lauri Markkanen was selected to start in place of Zion Williamson.[14]
^NOTE1 After being announced as an Eastern Conference All-Star, Kyrie Irving was traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Dallas Mavericks of the Western Conference.[15]
^NOTE2 After being announced as an Eastern Conference All-Star, Kevin Durant was traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Phoenix Suns of the Western Conference.[16]

Draft

The NBA All-Star draft started at 7:30 p.m. ET (TNT/TBS) on Sunday, Feb. 19. For the first time, the All-Star draft took place right before the game.[17] LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo were named captains as they both received the most votes from the West and East, respectively. Giannis selected the first reserve player and alternated picks until each bench is filled. James had the first selection of the starters as he has had the most votes overall in the balloting process.[18] The first eight players to be drafted will be starters. The next 14 players (seven from each conference) will be chosen by NBA head coaches. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will select replacements for any player unable to participate in the All-Star Game, choosing a player from the same conference as the player who was being replaced. His selection will 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 their cast of players instead.

2023 All-Star Draft
Pick Player Team
1 Damian Lillard Giannis
2 Anthony Edwards LeBron
3 Jrue Holiday Giannis
4 Jaylen Brown LeBron
5 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Giannis
6 Paul George LeBron
7 DeMar DeRozan Giannis
8 Tyrese Haliburton LeBron
9 Pascal Siakam Giannis
10 Julius Randle LeBron
11 Bam Adebayo Giannis
12 De'Aaron Fox LeBron
13 Domantas Sabonis Giannis
14 Jaren Jackson Jr. LeBron
15 Joel Embiid LeBron
16 Jayson Tatum Giannis
17 Kyrie Irving LeBron
18 Ja Morant Giannis
19 Luka Dončić LeBron
20 Donovan Mitchell Giannis
21 Nikola Jokić LeBron
22 Lauri Markkanen Giannis

Lineups

Game

The 2023 All-Star Game used the same format as the 2020 edition; the team that scores the most points during each of the first three 12-minute quarters will receive a cash prize, which will be donated to a designated charity. The pot will roll over if the teams are tied. The fourth quarter will be untimed, with the first team to meet or exceed a "target score"—the score of the leading team in total scoring after three quarters plus 24—declared the winner.[19] The "target score" in this game was 182, since Team Giannis was leading 158–141 at the end of the third quarter.

Team Giannis defeated Team LeBron 184–175. It was Team Giannis' first (and only) win, and Team LeBron's first (and only) defeat. It was also the first (and only) time in All-Star Game history that the target score was exceeded since the format was changed in 2020. Jayson Tatum, who scored a record-breaking 55 points, was named All-Star Game MVP. His 55 points surpassed Anthony Davis' record of 52 points in 2017. Damian Lillard scored the game-winning 3-pointer to give Team Giannis their first victory in NBA All-Star history.

This also marked the last time the NBA used the drafted teams format, which has been used since 2018. The NBA All-Star Game returned to its traditional East vs. West format the following year in 2024.[5]

February 19, 2023
8:00 pm ET
Team Giannis 184, Team LeBron 175
Scoring by quarter: 46–46, 53–46, 59–49, 26–34
Pts: Jayson Tatum 55
Rebs: Jayson Tatum 10
Asts: Donovan Mitchell 10
Pts: Jaylen Brown 35
Rebs: Jaylen Brown 14
Asts: Kyrie Irving 15
Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attendance: 17,886
Referees:
  • #30 John Goble
  • #29 Mark Lindsay
  • #38 Michael Smith

All-Star Weekend

NBA on TNT American Express Road Show

Celebrity Game

Further information: NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game

The 2023 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game was played on Friday, February 17, 2023, at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.[20] The captains for the 2023 were Utah Jazz team governor Ryan Smith and NBA legend and Jazz minority owner Dwyane Wade.

The game featured several new features and rules; a four-point field goal line was added, and the coaches could each activate a two-minute "Crunch Time" period in which all points are doubled.[21] The game ended with an attempted half-court buzzer beater that went into the bucket by The Miz, which would've won the game as a four-point field goal; it was, however, the field goal was disallowed as it was shot slightly after the buzzer.[22][23][24]

February 17, 2023
7:00 pm ET
Team Ryan 78, Team Dwyane 81

Rising Stars Challenge

Further information: Rising Stars Challenge

^INJ1 Jalen Duren was unable to participate due to injury.[25]
^REP1 Tari Eason was selected as Jalen Duren's replacement.[25]
^INJ2 Jalen Green was unable to participate due to injury.[25]
^REP2 Ayo Dosunmu was selected as Jalen Green's replacement.[25]

 
SemifinalsFinal
 
      
 
 
 
 
Team Pau40
 
 
 
Team Deron25
 
Team Pau25
 
 
 
Team Joakim20
 
Team Joakim40
 
 
Team Jason32
 

Skills Challenge

Further information: NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge

Team Rooks[26]
Pos. Player Team
F Paolo Banchero Orlando Magic
G Jaden Ivey Detroit Pistons
F Jabari Smith Jr. Houston Rockets
Team Jazz[26]
Pos. Player Team
G Jordan Clarkson Utah Jazz
C Walker Kessler Utah Jazz
G Collin Sexton Utah Jazz
Team Antetokounmpos[26]
Pos. Player Team
F Giannis AntetokounmpoINJ3 Milwaukee Bucks
F Alex Antetokounmpo Wisconsin Herd
F Thanasis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
G Jrue HolidayREP3 Milwaukee Bucks

^INJ3 Giannis Antetokounmpo was unable to play due to a wrist injury.[26]
^REP3 Jrue Holiday was selected to play instead of Antetokoumnpo.[26]

Three Point Contest

Further information: Three Point Contest

Contestants[27]
Pos. Player Team Height Weight First round Final round
G Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers 6–2 195 26 26
G Buddy Hield Indiana Pacers 6–4 220 23 25
G Tyrese Haliburton Indiana Pacers 6–5 185 31 17
F Lauri Markkanen Utah Jazz 7–0 240 20 DNQ
F Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics 6–8 210 20
G Tyler Herro Miami Heat 6–5 195 18
F Julius RandleREP1 New York Knicks 6–8 250 13
G Kevin Huerter Sacramento Kings 6–7 198 8
G Anfernee SimonsINJ1 Portland Trail Blazers 6–3 181 DNP

^INJ1 Anfernee Simons was unable to play due to an ankle injury.[27]
^REP1 Julius Randle was selected as Anfernee Simons' replacement.[27]

Slam Dunk Contest

Further information: Slam Dunk Contest

Contestants[28]
Pos. Player Team Height Weight First round Final round
G Mac McClung Philadelphia 76ers 6–2 185 99.8 (50+49.8) 100 (50+50)
F Trey Murphy III New Orleans Pelicans 6–8 206 96 (46.6+49.4) 98 (48.8+49.2)
C Jericho SimsREP1 New York Knicks 6–10 250 95.4 (47.6+47.8) DNQ
F Kenyon Martin Jr. Houston Rockets 6–7 216 93.2 (46+47.2)
G Shaedon SharpeWD1 Portland Trail Blazers 6–5 200 DNP

^WD1 Shaedon Sharpe withdrew from the competition focusing on the rest of the regular season.
^REP1 Jericho Sims was selected as Shaedon Sharpe's replacement.

Notes

  1. ^ At that time, he was the interim head coach of the Boston Celtics due to Ime Udoka being suspended for the 2022–23 season.

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