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LeBron James team won an NBA All-Star Game thriller 148-145

Donovan Mitchell wins a good Slam Dunk Contest

Phoenix Suns Devin Booker wins the 3 Point Shootout Contest with the highest score

Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie is the new Skills Challenge winner

Bogdan Bogdanovic (26 points), Buddy Hield (29 points) and Team World won the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.

Bucks push for 2022 or 2023 NBA All-Star Game
The Bucks are rising on the court and in the national limelight. Now, they want to showcase their new arena off to the world in 2022 or 2023.

NBA All-Star game expected to be a slam dunk for L.A.'s economy
The NBA All-Star game at Staples Center this weekend is expected to generate $116 million in spending by visiting and local basketball fans, a 36% increase over the economic impact seven years ago when Los Angeles last hosted the event.

Hornets' Kemba Walker replaces Kristaps Porzingis on Team LeBron for All-Star 2018
Walker becomes an NBA All-Star for the second time, having made his All-Star Game debut last year in New Orleans. The seven-year veteran is averaging 22.6 points, 5.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 51 games.

Klay Thompson, Kyle Lowry, Paul George and Bradley Beal headline Three-Point Contest Field

NBA Slam Dunk Contestants: Aaron Gordon, Victor Oladipo, Larry Nance Jr. and Dennis Smith Jr.

NBA Unveils Logo For 2019 All-Star Weekend In Charlotte
The logo pays tribute to the Hornets and the city of Charlotte by featuring the team’s iconic teal and purple colors, along with three icons – a crown, basketball and star – to symbolize the Queen City and the NBA’s annual celebration of the game.

Goran Dragic to replace injured Kevin Love on Team LeBron
The Miami Heat's Goran Dragic has been selected to replace Kevin Love on Team LeBron. Love went down with a broken hand during the Cleveland Cavaliers' loss to the Detroit Pistons. He is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks.

Utah Jazz to bid for upcoming NBA All-Star Game
The Utah Jazz plan to submit a proposal to host the NBA All-Star game in either 2022 or 2023. The decision comes on the heels of a $125 million renovation to Vivint Smart Home Arena that debuted at the beginning of this season. The 2023 game would be 30 years after the Jazz last hosted the All-Star Game in 1993.

Pistons' Andre Drummond selected as replacement for John Wall
It's the second All-Star nod for Drummond, who previously made the All-Star Game in 2016. He'll suit up for Team LeBron. Drummond is carrying averages of 14.7 points, 15.1 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and a career-high 3.8 assists per game.

Simmons, Embiid. Smith and Mitchell lead NBA Rising Stars Challenge rosters
Fourth game for the new NBA Rising Stars format: Team USA - Team World.

A somewhat informed, mostly speculative guess at NBA All-Star Game draft order
There were no TV cameras. We, the fans, deserve to know who was taken when. We deserve to know who the All-Star Game's Mr. Irrelevant is so we can mock him relentlessly.

Dwane Casey to coach Team LeBron in the All-Star Game
The Raptors moved to 33-15, which puts them second in the conference. Since Celtics coach Brad Stevens was the All-Star bench boss last year, he’s ineligible.

The uniforms are here, and they're very simple
The jerseys are fully black and white and feature giant team logos on the front torso. Meanwhile, the backside features large numbers that are the same color as the jersey's primary color, but with the name and number outline in an accented black or white. The player names are underneath the numbers.

Paul George and Andre Drummond headline the top snubs
Now that we know all of the All-Stars, the next order of business, is discussing who got snubbed. Here are three players from each conference who had legitimate claims to make the game.

NBA All-Star Game rosters announced
Team Lebron: Irving, Durant, Cousins, Davis, James. Beal, Wall, Westbrook, Oladipo, Porzingis, Love, Aldridge.
Team Stephen: Harden, DeRozan, Antetokounmpo, Embiid, Curry. Lillard, Butler, Thompson, Lowry, Green, Towns, Horford.

NBA players to pocket $100K bonus each for winning 2018 ASG
Each player on the winning team will receive $100,000, and the losing team players will pocket $25,000, league sources said. The only modification is the winner's compensation, with a $50,000 boost from previous years.

The 8 most bizarre and hilarious takeaways from NBA All-Star voting
But this is the NBA, of course, so no voting-based rewards come without controversy and head-scratching. Here are the most surprising, confusing, and hilarious things we learned

Doc Rivers, Tom Thibodeau think All-Star Game rosters should be expanded to 15, want draft televised
Rivers, like many players, coaches and fans also believes that the upcoming All-Star Game draft between captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry should be televised. As an added bonus, Rivers also believes that the league's coaches' vote should be made public as well.

Final voting results announced on Thursday Jan. 18
These are the 10 starters for the 2018 Toronto NBA All-Star Game:
Irving - DeRozan - James - Antetokounmpo - Embiid - Curry - Harden - Durant - Davis - Cousins

Pharrell and N.E.R.D headline NBA All-Star game's halftime show
The NBA announced that 11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip-hop-rock band N.E.R.D will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles next month.

Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns deserves to be an All-Star
Karl-Anthony Towns’ versatility and drive are just two of many traits that has made him so good in the early stage of his career, and he’s finally in a position to have a legitimate case to make the All-Star team in the Western Conference.

London in line to host NBA All-Star Game, says commissioner Adam Silver
Silver is eager to see London host the league’s All-Star Weekend. “It’s something we’d love to do, to play our All-Star Game in London or Europe. We have talked about it for years. Logistically it’s very difficult because of the length of break we’d have to take around the game."

Ben Simmons on course to make history after latest NBA All Star fan voting numbers released
Ben Simmons is on course to make history as Australia’s first NBA All Star after climbing another position in voting. The NBA released the second official fan voting results — which accounts for 50 per cent of the starting selection process — with Simmons third on the list of Eastern Conference back-court players.

Adam Silver Explains Why Captains Picking 2018 NBA All-Stars Won't Be on TV
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday that the captains' selections for the 2018 All-Star Game draft won't be televised because "there was a sense from the players that it put them in an impossible position."

What LeBron James' NBA All-Star voting tweets really tell us
James has taken to Twitter himself with the hashtag "#NBAVote" and stumping for players both on and off his team. He has history with all of them, and with his 40.4 million followers, James is sure to have a lot of influence.

Lou Williams belongs in the NBA All-Star Game, seriously
Williams spent his first seven seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and his next six as a journeyman, suiting up for five different teams. The Clippers are the sixth stop of his career, and the 31-year-old has never been better. In fact, Williams, a free-agent-to-be, is pushing toward ending his constant movement around the league.

Second round of voting results for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game released on Jan. 11
Lebron James (East) and Stephen Curry (West) are leading the way.

2018 NBA All-Star Game: 5 More Format Revisions to Consider for New Year and Beyond
The February 16-18 event in Los Angeles will give us our first taste of a changing All-Star Weekend but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t already be considering additional changes to the NBA’s biggest weekend.

Which Players Deserve To Be First-Time NBA All-Stars This Season?
The Crossover’s Madelyn Burke, DeAntae Prince, and Jared Zwerling discuss which budding stars deserve to be first-time NBA All-Stars this season.

Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler deserves to be an All-Star
He was put into a situation where he was asked to become the leader of a team he had yet to play a game with. Now it is fair to say Butler has met that expectation. He has proved to be the leader of the Wolves. His presence is a huge reason the Wolves are in position to snap their 13-year playoff drought.

Giannis would pick LeBron for his All-Star team, jokes they could develop friendship before free agency
"So, first of all, if my teammates aren't available -- I'm going with my teammates -- I'd gotta go with LeBron James," Antetokounmpo said with a laugh. "The best player in the world. We can have a good relationship in free agency -- you never know, he might come play here."

NBA fans are tricking people into helping their favorite players rack up All-Star votes
NBA All-Star voting on social media opened on Christmas Day, and fans were instructed to include one player’s first and last name in each tweet along with #NBAVote to cast their votes on Twitter. What a nice idea to promote your favorite players online with your friends!

Scott Brooks makes case for Bradley Beal as 2018 NBA All-Star
Beal is having another stellar season this year, averaging 23.4 points per game. That is just a continuation of his impressive production from last season when he just barely missed out on his first All-Star appearance.

Upset in the making! Fans mount campaign for Spencer Dinwiddie All-Star!
The support is coming from fans retweeting Spencer Dinwiddie #NBAVote. One RT = One vote. On Saturday, Dinwiddie’s #NBAVote total on Twitter was nearly double that of some Houston Rockets guard named Harden.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Says He’d Have A Million All-Star Votes ‘If Everybody Could Spell My Name Right’
According to the NBA’s voting rules, Antetokounmpo’s first and last name must be spelled correctly for the vote to count.

2018 NBA All-Star Game: 7 Possible Debuts
The 2017-18 NBA season has seen a number of breakout players making their mark on the league, but the seven players we have picked out here are on a whole other level to their competition and are performing at the best form of their careers.

Klay Thompson to Compete in 3-Point Shootout If He Makes All-Star Team
The 27-year-old is having another terrific season from beyond the arc. His 110 made three-pointers rank second in the league behind James Harden (133), and he's shooting a career-best 45.8 percent from long range.

Boston Celtics hope to host 2022 NBA All-Star Game
The Celtics franchise is looking to snap a 53-year streak of not hosting the midseason classic.

Ballot for 2018 NBA All-Star Game unveiled
The 2018 NBA All-Star Ballot was unveiled on December 25. You can vote through January 15.

The NBA is missing the point of the All-Star Game Draft if it’s not televised
Over the past couple of years, the NBA All-Star Game has gotten even less serious than it had been, which is saying something. It is borderline criminal that the NBA would make this change and then undercut it completely by keeping the process secret.

Early NBA All-Star Game locks, debates, snubs: Towns, Drummond, Klay tough calls
We are less than three weeks from Christmas Day, which means we are also three weeks from the opening of voting for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. It's always a tough choice, especially this early with so many good players off to hot starts. This year is no exception.

Bradley Beal already had all-star momentum, now he deserves a selection
He carried the sympathy of being a snub. Last February, Beal came close to being selected as an injury replacement for Kevin Love. Though Beal was averaging more than 24 points and the Wizards owned the best record in the East during a stretch of games following the all-star reserves announcement, Carmelo Anthony got the nod.

Name one player who could earn their first All-Star selection
Each week, we ask our scribes to weigh in on the most important NBA topics of the day. _________ is putting together a solid case to earn his first NBA All-Star selection this season.

Pacers' Victor Oladipo well on his way to securing first all-star bid
While many Pacers have played important roles in keeping the team in the playoff hunt, there is little question Oladipo has been the face of the Pacers’ surprising start.

NBA All-Star Game 2018: Projecting starters, reserves in battle for final Western Conference spots
The West is so stocked with upper-level talent that, even without those big names, making the 12-man roster will be difficult.

NBA All-Star Game 2018: Projecting starters, reserves in competitive Eastern Conference race
For the East, we have five starters projected and are looking to determine which seven players will fill out the reserves. Here’s our ballot now, followed by the candidates.

Predicting The 10 Biggest 2018 NBA All-Star Snubs
There are just so many incredible talents in the NBA and a limited number of roster spots, so obviously, not all great players actually get the chance to make the All-Star game regardless of how good they play.

Chicago to host NBA All-Star 2020
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced on November, 10 that Chicago has been selected to host 2019 NBA All-Star. The 69th annual game will take place at the United Center on Sunday, Feb. 16.

It’s time we stop treating Ben Simmons like a Rookie of the Year contender, and more like a potential All-Star
Naturally, we all entered the NBA regular season expecting to see the Australian — who was just coming off a season-ending foot injury — slowly find his footing in the league, en route to a campaign that could put him in the Rookie of the Year discussion.

NBA: Top 10 candidates to be first-time All-Stars in 2017-18
The 2017-18 NBA season will give plenty of young players — and even established talents — their chance at earning the first All-Star bid of their careers. Here’s a look at the 10 most likely candidates to add an All-Star appearance to their Wikipedia page this year.

Warriors Reportedly Submit Bid to Host NBA All-Star Game
With Chase Center scheduled to be the new home of the Golden State Warriors in time for the 2019-20 season, the team has submitted a bid to host the NBA All-Star Game. The bid submission year is murky. However, league sources say the earliest it would be is for 2021.

Stephen Curry already has some ideas if he’s an All-Star Game captain
“Probably one of my teammates … until you run out of those options,” he said with a knowing grin. “Then you’ve got to figure it out. You don’t go into a draft knowing what pick 9-10-11 is going to be. You have to see how it all unfolds.”

No more East vs. West as NBA revamps All-Star Game format
Under the revamped format, two captains will draft the 2018 All-Star teams from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves, making selections without regard for conference affiliation.

2018 NBA All-Star Supplier Diversity Program
The NBA All-Star Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program has been providing for more than 15 years opportunities to qualified minority-owned, woman-owned and other diverse supplies (M/WBEs) to participate in the NBA All-Star procurement process. Interested vendors who are in Toronto area need to:

  1. Complete and submit the on-line application.
  2. Attach in the application or submit proof of certification as an M/WBE by one of the certified agencies approved by the NBA.

Minimum requirements:
- Minority business enterprises (MBEs), women business enterprises (WBEs), or lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered (LGBT), veteran-owned business enterprises
- Able to legally and effectively deliver goods and services in the requested location(s)
- Regularly provide goods and services that match our targeted list of commodities
- Maintain our minimum level of required liability insurance based on the commodity area

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​Larry Bird drives IndyCar to deliver Pacers’ All-Star Game bid
Larry Bird drove a Pacers-branded IndyCar to the NBA offices in New York City on Monday to deliver the team’s bid to host the 2021 All-Star festivities.

Detroit Pistons submit bids to host NBA All-Star Game in Detroit
The Detroit Pistons submitted bids to bring the NBA All-Star Game to Little Caesars Arena in 2020 and 2021.

Charlotte to host NBA All-Star 2019
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Charlotte has been selected to host 2019 NBA All-Star. The 68th annual game will take place at Spectrum Centre on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Bucks want to host 2020 or 2021 NBA All-Star Game
It is time to up the heat and put a lot of pressure on our friends at the NBA", said Peter Feigin about the effort to host the NBA All-Star Game in the year 2020 or 2021. "What better way than the league to further endorse/promote one of the smaller-market teams All-Star Game." 

Adam Silver: NBA All-Star Game will be 'reset' next year to be more competitive
The NBA commissioner says changes will be made for 2018. Speaking at a panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that the All-Star Game will be different -- and more competitive -- next season.

10 moments to remember from NBA All-Star 2017
Taking a look back at the events, words and performances that stood out from a big weekend in New Orleans.

The NBA Slam Dunk Contest can be fun again with these 3 changes
We saw in 2016 that the Dunk Contest can still be great. How do we make that happen every year?

NBA All-Star Game scoring madness: West 192 - East 182. MVP Anthony Davis.

Glenn Robinson wins a disappointing Slam Dunk Contest

Houston Rockets Eric Gordon wins the 3 Point Shootout Contest

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis is the new Skills Challenge winner

Jamal Murray (36 points) and Team World won the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.

Celebrity Game: Brandon Armstrong MVP and Team East won 88-59.

Carmelo Anthony replaces Kevin Love in the All-Star Game
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Eastern Conference All-Star reserve Kevin Love (left knee).

Michael Smith & Jemele Hill to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
The annual game features stars from film, television, music and sports. This year the co-hosts of SC6 – SportsCenter’s 6 p.m. show – will serve as the guest coaches for the West and East teams, respectively.

NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2017: Predictions for This Year's Contestants
Aaron Gordon will return to headline a young field featuring three first-time contestants. The crown is his for taking, but don't look past any of the Orlando Magic forward's new opponents.

Warriors coach clinch NBA All-Star spot
Brad Stevens, the coach from the Eastern Conference teams with the best W/L record at Feb. 5, has been chosen as All-Star coach. Tyronn Lue (Cleveland) can't coach two consecutive All-Star Games.

Klay Thompson, Kyle Lowry, Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker headline Three-Point Contest Field

NBA Slam Dunk Contestants: DeAndre Jordan, Aaron Gordon, Derrick Jones JR and Glenn Robinson III

Blogtable: Four players you want to see in 2017 Slam Dunk Contest?
The four players you’d love to see in this year’s Slam Dunk contest by

Glenn Robinson III Ready To Take His Shot at the Slam Dunk Contest
Indiana Pacers shooting guard Glenn Robinson III has accepted an invitation to compete in the 2017 All-Star Weekend Dunk Contest in New Orleans.

John Wall will compete in NBA All-Star Weekend skills challenge
This will be Wall’s third run in the event that puts contestants through a series of ballhandling, passing and shooting drills. Wall participated in the skills challenge in 2011 and 2012 but did not advance beyond the first round.

Vote: Who are the biggest NBA All-Star snubs in each conference?
So now that the coaches have made their decisions, you have a choice. Who is missing from each All-Star team?

Damian Lillard got snubbed from the NBA All-Star Game for the 3rd year in a row
It’s happened again. The NBA announced its reserves for the 2017 All-Star Game, and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was left off the final roster. It’s the third year in a row that Lillard has been overlooked. (He was named as an injury replacement in 2015.)

2017 NBA All-Star Game snubs: Embiid, Gobert, Wade, CP3, Melo left off the list
The subject of "snubs" is always tricky, as you generally have to take a great player out to put another in, but here are 15 notable players who didn't make the cut.

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced
East Bench: Thomas - Lowry - Walker - George - Love - Millsap - Wall
West Bench: Westbrook - Thompson - Hayward - Cousins - Green - Jordan - Gasol - Gobert

Wolves' Zach LaVine will not defend title at All-Star dunk contest
"I feel like I've accomplished everything I could in the dunk contest," LaVine said. "I'm never saying I won't ever do it again, but I'm focused on this year, we're getting close to being able to make the playoffs and we have that in our mind. Getting the rest and just focusing more on just the game is the main thing."

Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. won't compete in dunk contest
Nance Jr., who has been vocal about his excitement to participate, received an invite earlier this season, the source said, but Nance's plans were interrupted by a bone bruise in his left knee, which sidelined him for 16 games in December and January.

The case for Draymond Green and Klay Thompson as NBA All-Star reserves
Only seven teams in NBA history have produced four All-Stars in the same season. Only three of those have come since the turn of the century: the 2006 Detroit Pistons, the 2011 Boston Celtics and, quite randomly, the 2015 Atlanta Hawks.

Why these guys should be NBA All-Star reserves
The NBA will announce the All-Star Game reserves on Thursday, as picked by the league’s coaches. USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt give their selections and the reasons why.

Warriors coach clinch NBA All-Star spot
Steve Kerr, the coach from the Western Conference teams with the best W/L record two weeks before the All-Star Game, has been chosen as All-Star coach. Tyronn Lue (Cleveland) and Gregg Popovich (San Antonio) can't coach two consecutive All-Star Games.

We know the NBA all-star starters. Here’s who should be the reserves.
The starters for this year’s All-Star Game were announced Thursday night, meaning 10 of the 24 spots have been taken. Who will get the other 14? Here’s The Washington Post’s opinion on who should get the seven reserve spots in each conference.

The new NBA All-Star voting method was an improvement, but it needs 2 changes
The new rules worked exactly like they were intended, and a totally undeserving player (still love you, Zaza!) didn’t make it into the top-five. As we move to a second season using this format, however, there are two small tweaks the league can make.

Ranking the Most Overrated 2017 NBA All-Star Game Candidates
The trick is recognizing players who may actually be named starters or earn roster spots at the expense of more deserving possibilities. Their All-Star credentials are overrated—because, while they may be stars, the love they're receiving doesn't align with this season's performance.

The most outlandish NBA All-Star campaigns, ranked
The NBA All-Star Game is a little more than a month away. If we’re keeping it :100:, the campaign for teams to get their players into the All-Star Game is just as competitive as the events themselves. To stand out, you need to be creative as hell, awesome, and original.

The Utah Jazz Deserve An All-Star, And Gordon Hayward Is The Right Choice
Gordon Hayward, this season, may be the perfect example of a player that’s clearly all-star level in terms of production, but likely won’t be awarded a spot on the West’s 12-man roster. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t earned it, however.

Rockets preparing bid to host future NBA All-Star game
The Rockets are preparing a bid to host either the 2020 or 2021 NBA All Star game and week-long All Star related events, a person with knowledge of the process said on January 13.

Adam Silver: Pacers 'highly likely' to host All-Star Game
“I know they are very interested,” Silver said of the Pacers’ pursuit. “We’re still talking about some of the logistics in terms of what year and maybe even the possibility of playing in a larger arena. All those things need to be worked through, but I think it’s highly likely that we will return to Indianapolis for an All-Star Game in the near future.”

2nd Round of voting results for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game released on Jan. 12
The second round of results for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game are available. Lebron James (East) and Stephen Curry (West) are leading the way.

Why Russell Westbrook deserves to start in 2017 NBA All-Star Game
First returns of NBA All-Star fan votes have Russell Westbrook pitted in a battle to make the cut as a starter. A statistical comparison of the top 6 vote recipients from each conference offers equally compelling arguments, but logic narrows the choice.

Wolves Big Three Putting Up All-Star Numbers
There are many reasons players reach the All-Star Game, due to both popularity and performance. That’s the beauty of the game for fans, they vote in who they want to see in the star-studded game. But solely based on statistics and their performances so far this season, I’m going to tell you why the Wolves’ Big Three deserve your vote this year.

Clarkson would love to represent PH in All-Star Game
Jordan Clarkson's name has rarely come up when it comes to potential first time All-Stars in the NBA's showcase event in February, but that has not stopped a group of Filipino Lakers fans from campaigning for the young guard.

Marc Gasol deserves to start in the All-Star Game
It’s no secret that past big men in the NBA have had difficulties coming back from foot injuries, in particular. Well to all those in question, Marc replied with a resounding answer. Instead of replying verbally, however, Gasol decided to let his actions do the talking.

Ranking The Best Campaigns For The 2017 NBA All-Star Game
While some campaigns get absurdly creative, others trade spectacle in for sheer quantity with social media posts. With that in mind, let’s rank some of the more notable All-Star campaigns we’ve seen so far this season.

Adidas and NBA Unveil NBA All-Star 2017 Uniforms

Could NBA Stars Lose All-Star Game Votes Because Of Their Last Names?
Giannis Antetokounmpo should be, by any objective measure, a lock to reach the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. He is averaging 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game this season while leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a record above .500. With that said, he might have a tiny problem when it comes to fan voting for the All-Star game.

Twitter Bots Skewing NBA All-Star Fan Votes?
Reddit user /u/shotrob noticed that Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs was one of the leading vote getters in the first round of returns earlier this week. With a little investigation /u/shotrob discovered that Leonard is, perhaps, benefitting from automatic Twitter votes.

NBA All-Star Votes: Five Takeaways From The First Round Of Returns
The NBA released the first round of fan voting results for the 2017 All-Star Game, and the names at the very top of the list were hardly surprising. But there was intrigue to be found throughout the rest of the returns, which will help decide the starting lineups for the league’s midseason showcase.

Spurs pushing Aldridge, Leonard to All-Star Game on social media
The Silver and Black made a push on Twitter, asking fans for help by retweeting a post that could put LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard on the court in New Orleans among the best in the NBA.

The most deserving starters for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game
In years past, All-Star starters were determined by fan voting. In 2017, though, fan votes count for only 50 percent of the "ballot." The remaining half consists of votes from all current NBA players (25 percent) and select members of the media (25 percent). The idea is to make sure that the most deserving players start in the All-Star Game — while still giving fans what they want.

Is Damian Lillard an All-Star?
Damian Lillard has had trouble making the NBA All-Star game. In 2015 he was only selected as an injury replacement, and last season he missed the game entirely—this despite being named All-NBA both years. Lillard faces again stiff competition to make the 2017 Western Conference All-star team.

21 reasons to vote Giannis Antetokounmpo to the NBA All-Star Game
In case you haven’t paid much attention to the Milwaukee Bucks lately, it’s worth noting this Giannis Antetokounmpo guy is pretty good at basketball. Through 32 games, the 6’11” forward-center hybrid is leading the 16-16 Bucks in points, field goals, rebounds, assists, free throws, blocks, and steals.

Kristaps Porzingis deserves to be an NBA all-star, ‘player in his own right’
Kristaps Porzingis does things we’re normally accustomed to seeing among guards. As a forward/center, he can defend that rim and swipe shots well too. His main focus is to help the Knicks win, but he also wants to make it as an all-star.

Three Reasons Kevin Love Should Be An All-Star
The transition to Cleveland wasn’t easy for Love, as he wasn’t accustomed to playing with other all-star level players. After two seasons of trying to fit in, Kevin Love is finally back to his old self. Here are three reasons he should be an All-Star.

Welcome to the party: Candidates for first-time All-Star bids
A year ago, it was Andre Drummond, Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard and Isaiah Thomas who made their All-Star debuts in Toronto. Now with the voting for All-Star 2017 having begun, here’s a look at a six-pack that could break through in New Orleans.

A closer look at Hassan Whiteside’s chances of making the 2017 NBA All-Star Game
The 27-year-old center is averaging 18 points and a league-leading 14.9 rebounds this season. Whiteside has recorded the third-most double-doubles in the NBA with 24 behind just Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

In Embiid, Brett Brown sees Worthy All-Star candidate
He continues to pace all rookies in scoring (18.4 ppg), rebounding (7.4 rpg), and blocks (2.4 bpg). In fact, the 22-year old Cameroonian is the first player in NBA history to generate these averages while logging fewer than 25.0 minutes per game.

Kemba Walker Stars As ‘Walker, Charlotte Ranger’ In NBA All-Star Campaign
The star guard was left off the 2016 All-Star team in the midst of a career season. So, Walker and the Hornets are unleashing a social media campaign based on the famed television show, “Walker, Texas Ranger,” which starred Chuck Norris.

Milwaukee Bucks push Giannis, Jabari for NBA All-Star berths
Bucks are encouraging fans to "Vote for the Future" by starting a campaign for two of their young stars to get into the NBA All-Star Game. Team hasn't had an All-Star since 2004.

NBA adds players, media vote to All-Star Game starters selections
The NBA is adding players and media to the voting process in a change to the way starters for the All-Star Game are selected. Fans will account for 50 percent of the vote, while all current players and a panel of basketball media will each account for 25 percent. Predictions (Dec 7)
NBA All-Star Game starting lineups
Which East player will get first All-Star nod?
Which West player will get first All-Star nod?

NBA All-Star 2017: Western Conference Roster Round-up First 20 games
Most teams in the entire NBA have played 20 or so games. That’s almost one fourth of the season. We’ve seen teams win games, and other teams start slow. We’ve also seen a lot of injuries. But more than any of that, we’ve seen some star players shine early on.

Pistons' move 'greatly enhances' bid for All-Star game
Apparently the prospect of Detroit hosting another NBA All-Star Game is within reach. With the Pistons planning to move downtown and play in the new Little Caesars Arena in 2017-18, those involved have already gotten in the ear of NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

The Top 10 potential first-time NBA All-Star this season
It is expected that several first-time All-Star selections will play during the Sunday showcase. Here is SportsRageous’ list of top ten potential first-time NBA All-Stars this season.

Could cruise ships help bring NBA All-Star Game to Sacramento?
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was one of the people most impressed with Golden 1 Center. After touring the facility and greeting the first wave of fans who entered the arena, he told The Sacramento Bee that the league is determined to bring the lucrative NBA All-Star Game to Sacramento.

Top 10 Candidates To Be First-Time All-Stars In 2017
Nothing brings out the optimism in fans quite like the start of a new season. With all teams at 0-0, it’s easy to let your imagination run wild with what’s ahead. For teams looking to make a leap in the upcoming season, the focus turns to the internal growth of their players.

Bradley Beal and five more players poised to become first-time NBA All-Stars
The 23-year-old could be poised for a big leap if he can stay healthy. But what about first-time All-Stars around the rest of the NBA? Here are a few other names that could crack the roster this year.

With new building set to open, Sacramento pushes to host 2020 All-Star Game
It’s not uncommon for a team with a new building to get to host the All-Star Game. The 2017 game is in New Orleans, 2018 is in Los Angeles, 2019 will go to Charlotte if the “bathroom bill” is repealed (or strongly modified). That makes 2020 the next one up.

NBA unveils New Orleans-inspired NBA All-Star 2017 logo
The Crescent City-inspired design features an iconic ironwork border with the classic fleur-de-lis symbol strewn across the background. The New Orleans Pelicans’ team colors – gold, navy and red – are also incorporated into the logo scheme.

NBA players who may make their All-Star debut next year

Aaron Gordon is not sure if he'll participate in the NBA dunk contest again
Gordon: "I'm not 100 percent sure. I kind of gave a lot in this last one and to be more creative would be difficult. I think I could do it, but I'm not sure if I'm going to."

NBA moves 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte over HB2 bill
The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of the league's objection to the state's House Bill 2, which limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the state. In a statement, the league said it hopes to reschedule the game for Charlotte in 2019.

Pacers eager to submit bid to host future All-Star Game
Since December, the Pacers have been aggressive in their pursuit of one of the NBA’s biggest events. The earliest the Pacers could make a bid to host would be for 2019.

NBA open to Heat hosting All-Star Game, possibly as soon as 2019
"The NBA has made it clear to us that they would like to try figure out how to come to Miami," Eric Woolworth said. "And so, we have put some feelers out to the people around town, to see what can be done. And so I would say we're at the very preliminary stages of trying to figure something out."

Magic plan to submit bids to host NBA All-Star Game in 2019 or 2020
The Orlando Magic intend to submit bids to host the NBA All-Star Game in 2019 or in 2020 when the league sends out requests for proposals within the next several months, Magic CEO Alex Martins said.

Los Angeles to host NBA All-Star 2018
The NBA announced today that Los Angeles has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2018. The 67th annual game will take place at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 18. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement today during a press conference at Staples Center.

ESPN NBA All-Star Game Grades

NBA All-Star Game scoring madness: West 196 - 173. MVP Russell Westbrook.

Who Had the Best All-Star Game Ever?
The 2016 NBA All-Star Game is coming up, but this post is about the stars of All-Star Games past. In the last forty or so years of the All-Star Game, here are the five best performances.

ESPN All-Star Grades:
Slam Dunk Contest
3-Point Contest
Skills Challenge Contest
Rising Stars
Celebrity Game

Zach Lavine & Aaron Gordon put on a huge show in the Slam Dunk Contest

Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson wins the 3 Point Shootout Contest

Wolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns is the new Skills Challenge winner

The 8 worst NBA All-Star selections ever include Kobe
By definition, NBA All-Stars are the best of the best. In theory. But sometimes they aren’t all that amazing — relative to their competition. Some were voted in by fans or by coaches who could not care less about who makes it and who doesn’t. Some were happy to accept lifetime achievement awards.

Zach LaVine (30 points) and Team USA won the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.

Celebrity Game: Win Butler MVP and Team Canada won 74-64.

Al Horford replaces Chris Bosh in the All-Star Game
Atlanta Hawks forward/center Al Horford has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Eastern Conference All-Star reserve Chris Bosh (strained calf).

The 2016 Advanced-Stats NBA All-Star Team
This is the advanced-stats all-star team, where only the guys who perform best in a number of more telling metrics will hear their names called out. Many of these players already appear on the actual All-Star squad and are recognized as some of the league's best, but we're not shooting for novelty here.

Every 2016 NBA All-Star's Most Mind-Numbing Stat
If you're an NBA All-Star, you're probably putting up some big numbers. Such is the case for each of the 24 players who will be representing their teams and conferences in Toronto this coming weekend.

Pau Gasol replaces Jimmy Butler in All-Star Game
The NBA didn't have to go far to find an injury replacement for Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler in Sunday's All-Star Game, adding his teammate, Pau Gasol, to the Eastern Conference roster.

NBA: 25 Least-Deserving NBA All-Stars
Virtually every year, there are players elected or selected who don't appear to deserve the bid, while others are excluded even though their performance indicates they should have been picked.

Ranking the Top 35 NBA All-Star Game MVPs
The NBA All-Star Game typically functions as a high-scoring, sloppy affair. Still, the games often snap back to an ultra-competitive mentality late if the score is close — and big-time performances matter.

NBA All-Star Game 2016: Top MVP Candidates for Annual Exhibition
As the 2015-16 NBA season zooms past the midway point, this is typically the time when everyone bites into a juicy MVP debate. Because of Stephen Curry, hoops fiends instead must settle for discussing All-Star Game MVP candidates.

Was Clippers' Blake Griffin snubbed from NBA All-Star game?
Before his torn quadricep injury, Griffin was easily one of the top 10-15 players in the NBA and one of the top 12 in the Western Conference. He was leading the Clippers’ offense with 23.2 points and five assists per game.

Curry, Thompson, Harden, Redick and Lowry headline Three-Point Contest Field

NBA Slam Dunk Contestants: Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon, Andre Drummond & Will Barton

Adam Silver: NBA will reevaluate All-Star fan voting process
On fan balloting, it’s something we’ll continue to look at. We love the fact that fans have input into who the All-Stars are. As social media changes the world and is disruptive, it’s been mildly disruptive to our balloting systems as well. I know that’s something we’ll take a fresh look at.

Damian Lillard, Dirk Nowitzki lead list of All-Star snubs
Selecting the members of an NBA All-Star team is an inherently flawed process that leaves out plenty of worthy candidates.

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced
East Bench
: Wall - Thomas - Butler - DeRozan - Millsap - Bosh - Drummond
West Bench: Paul - Harden - Thompson - Green - Davis - Aldridge - Cousins

Sting & Cirque du Soleil to perform at the NBA All-Star Game
Before the introduction, Cirque du Soleil will start the evening with a captivating performance. Sting with a compilation of his biggest hit will be the main attraction at halftime.

Spurs and Cavaliers coaches clinch NBA All-Star spots
Gregg Popovich and Tyronn Lue, the coaches from the teams with the best W/L record two weeks before the All-Star Game, have been chosen as All-Star coaches. Steve Kerr (Golden State) can't be the coach two consecutive seasons.

Larry Nance Jr., son of 1st dunk champion, rules out '16 contest
The league recently reached out to Larry Nance Jr. about the possibility of his being a participant in this year's contest, but the Lakers' training staff ultimately advised him against taking part in this year's contest because of the continuous soreness in his right knee that has sidelined him for the past four games.

ESPN Stein: Who deserves to be an All-Star reserve?
NBA coaches must make their All-Star reserve selections for the 65th All-Star Game in Toronto by Tuesday afternoon. In keeping with tradition here at Stein Line HQ, we're going to fill out our own ballot using the exact same guidelines from the league office that the coaches themselves must adhere to.

NBA reviewing who can coach West All-Stars
With Steve Kerr back on the Golden State bench, the NBA is trying to determine who will coach the Western Conference All-Stars. In Kerr's absence, Walton led the Warriors to a 39-4 record and a two-game lead over Gregg Popovich's San Antonio Spurs in the West.

Zaza Pachulia feels 'loved' after falling just short of starting ASG
"What I'm thankful is that fans, without me asking anybody, they took it to this level. I was so close. It's just an amazing feeling. I feel loved. That's more important to me than being an All-Star, honestly."

Final voting results announced on Thursday Jan. 21
These are the starting fives for the 2016 Toronto NBA All-Star Game:
East. Kyle Lowry, Dwyane Wade, Paul George, Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony.
West. Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard.

Every NBA Team's Ideal 2016 All-Star Weekend Competitor
What if the All-Star festivities were different? What if each team was allowed to choose one player as its representative in every major All-Star Weekend event? Who would end up in Toronto?

Who deserves to represent their conference at the NBA All-Star Game?
Nobody tries in the All-Star Game, but as long as Hall of Fame gatekeepers use All-Star appearances as part of their criteria, we should put some care into our picks. Zach Lowe - ESPN.

10 potential first-time NBA All-Stars
Every year the fans select five starters for both All-Star teams. Typically, they do a good job, but let’s just say it’s a good thing the fans don’t vote for the bench players as well. NBA coaches have that responsibility, and what matters in a player to a coach can be far different than that of what matters to a casual fan.

Drake & Kevin Hart to coach Celebrity Game: Canada vs. USA
Drake will be joined on the sidelines by Steve Nash and Toronto Blue Jays All-Star right fielder José Bautista. Full rosters announced too.

Clippers' J.J. Redick open to NBA All-Star three-point contest
J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers seems like an easy choice for the NBA All-Star three-point contest. Not only has he been regarded as one of the league’s best marksman for years, but he’s shooting better than ever this season.

The NBA All-Star voting is broken. Here are 4 ways to fix it

NBA Shooting Stars discontinued
Team Bosh lives no more. While discussing his recent binge of 3-point shots, Bosh said that he will not be able to defend his Shooting Stars title. "They scrapped it," he said.

Vucevic Deserves All-Star Recognition
Asked if he would be willing to campaign for Nikola Vucevic, Scott Skiles said he shouldn’t have to make a case for the standout center.
After all, the statistics speak for themselves. Another factor, his Magic are one of the most improved teams in the NBA this season, and the 7-footer is a big reason why.

Least-Deserving All-Stars of All Time
The Kobe Bryant thing is understandable considering everybody knows this is his swan song. Magic Johnson was written in as an All-Star in 1992. What is surprising is some of these other All-Star selections from over the years.

Should Isaiah Thomas make the NBA All-Star Game?
The Boston Celtics have not had a single All-Star during the Brad Stevens era, but Jared Sullinger and Evan Turner are leading a movement to get one of their teammates voted into this season's game.

A closer look at Reggie Jackson's all-star chances
Reggie Jackson and the Detroit Pistons are off to a great start this season, but has he done enough to earn all-star honors? Reggie Jackson’s chances of making the Eastern Conference all-star team are worse than fellow Piston Andre Drummond, but I still like his chances.

Hassan Whiteside And 5 Other Players Who Should Be Voted As All-Star Starters But Likely Won't Be
The NBA season is about a quarter of the way gone already, so we now have a somewhat clear perspective of what's going on in the league this season. We know Kobe Bryant will most likely be a starter, but he doesn't exactly deserve it, so here is a list of six players who should be voted in as starters but likely won't be.

5 Players That Deserve First All-Star Appearance
It's probably too early to talk about NBA All-Star weekend. I mean, we haven't even hit Christmas yet. But that's not going to stop the conversation and it's hard to ignore all of the awesome things we've seen through the first quarter of the season that make us want to say, he should be an All-Star!

A Fan's Guide To Voting For The 2016 NBA All-Star Game
Here is the ultimate fan guide to voting for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. Each conference is allowed five starters voted in by the fans and seven reserves. Here's a look at which 12 players are either the most deserving, or could be the most deserving of your votes as we inch closer to February.

Sporting News: Predicting who will make the NBA All-Star teams
Sporting News attempts to project both fan and coaches voting patterns for this season. Past voting patterns for starters and reserves were considered, as well as some of the narrative shifts we have seen this season. Keep in mind that frontcourt positions are lumped together now, so there are four backcourt spots, six frontcourt spots and two reserve spots.

Kristaps Porzingis really probably will be voted an All-Star starter
It suddenly seems likely that Porzingis could find him starting the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto — as a rookie. He would be the first rookie to start in the game since Yao Ming in 2003, and they share three characteristics: international backing, strong play and massive size.

Potential First-Time All-Stars
Whatever happens with the returning All-Stars, here are the five players from each conference with the credentials necessary to get serious consideration for their first All-Star team this season.

The case for Draymond Green as an 2016 NBA All-Star
Not only is Green the best defender in the league, but he's now toting a 3 to 1 AST/TO ratio and leading the team with an average of 7 assists per game. His True Shooting percentage stands at a career high (57%) and his threat from deep has gone from hopeful, to legitimate, to deadly (44% 3-point, 36 FGA's). He also leads the NBA in +/- at 16.0.

NBA to Put Kia Logo on Front of All-Star Jerseys
Advertisements are coming to ​jerseys ​in a major U.S. professional team sport, a marketing trial that could open a new revenue opportunity for leagues.​The National Basketball Association is planning to put a​ sponsored​ 3.25-inch-by-1.6-inch​ patch​with a Kia Motors Corp. logo​on the upper left chest of player jerseys for both the 2016 and 2017 All-Star games.

Predicting the 1st-Time NBA All-Stars of the 2015-16 Season
First-timers always have a part to play in the NBA All-Star Game. They're the league's lifeblood, the cream of the crop making its way steadily toward the top. In the 16 years since the All-Star Game was last cancelled in 1999, an average of 6.25 newbies per year have broken into the league's midseason festivities.

Michael Jordan's Charlotte Hornets to host All-Star Game in 2017
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced at the team's downtown arena that the Hornets will host the league's annual showcase event in 2017. The city agreed to pay about $30 million in renovations to the arena when the Hornets submitted their All-Star bid. Silver said he's pleased with the plans that have been made for renovations, which include upgrading the infrastructure, suites and scoreboard.

Summer Dreaming: Who will earn first All-Star berth?
Let's turn our attention to our list of top 10 candidates to make their first All-Star appearances at the Air Canada Centre, some long overdue.

2016 NBA All-Star Supplier Diversity Program
The NBA All-Star Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program has been providing for more than 15 years opportunities to qualified minority-owned, woman-owned and other diverse supplies (M/WBEs) to participate in the NBA All-Star procurement process. Interested vendors who are in Toronto area need to:

  1. Complete and submit the on-line application.
  2. Attach in the application or submit proof of certification as an M/WBE by one of the certified agencies approved by the NBA.

Minimum requirements:
- Minority and/or women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE)
- Able to legally provide goods and services in Toronto
- Regularly provide goods and services that match our targeted list of commodities
- Maintain our minimum level of required liability insurance based on the commodity area

Summary list of goods and services ==>

Application period: September - November 2015. For more information ==>

ESPN Summer Forecast: First-time All-Stars?
When DeAndre Jordan was not named to the All-Star team last season, Clippers coach Doc Rivers called it "a travesty." Will this be the year the big man breaks through and earns his first All-Star appearance?

Toronto 2016 NBA All-Star logo revealed
Thanks to a little help from 2014-15 NBA rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins, the Toronto 2016 NBA All-Star logo has been revealed.

Adam Silver says Cleveland needs upgrades to land All-Star Weekend
NBA Commissioner said the only thing that would prevent the city of Cleveland from hosting an NBA All-Star game is failing to make improvements to Quicken Loans Arena. The Q -- which opened in 1994 -- is the ninth oldest arena in the league.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: 2017 NBA All Star Game in Orlando ‘Unlikely’
The Orlando Magic and their state of the art Amway Center played host to the 2012 NBA All Star Game and many enjoyed the experience.  Although the Orlando Magic would like to have hosted the NBA All Star Game in 2017, Commissioner Silver indicated that the team would be considered as soon as host as early as 2018.

The 5 Worst All-Star Game Uniforms Ever
The NBA isn't known for great style, which extends to the All-Star Game jerseys. Check out these uniforms.

NBA All-Star Game: West 163 - East 158. MVP Russell Westbrook

Zach Lavine put on a show in the Slam Dunk Contest

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry wins the 3 Point Shootout Contest

Houston Rockets Patrick Beverley is the Skills Challenge winner

Team Bosh win the Shooting Stars Contest for the third consecutive year

Andrew Wiggins (22 points) and Team World won the NBA Rising Stars Challenge

Celebrity Game: Kevin Hart MVP again but his team lost 59-51.

5 maps and charts that explain NBA All-Star Weekend
Insomuch as an inexplicable phenomenon can be explained.

Where Does 2015's NBA All-Star Class Rank in Last 15 Years?
The 2014-15 season has seen plenty of big-name players receiving a resume boost in the form of inclusion in the midseason festivities. But how do they stack up against the other All-Star classes of the past 15 years? After all, not every NBA season is equal, with some campaigns boasting more impressive performances from the MVP candidates and others featuring a greater depth of talent.

Bucks' Brandon Knight passed over again for NBA All-Star Game
Dwyane Wade lobbied for Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Knight to replace him in the NBA All-Star Game, but the Miami Heat veteran's powers of persuasion did not convince NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. "If I had a say, Brandon Knight."

Dirk Nowitzki Will Replace Injured Anthony Davis in NBA All-Star Game
Davis suffered a shoulder sprain finishing an alley-oop against the Chicago Bulls. He sat out the Pelicans' final two games before the All-Star break. Dirk Nowitzki is headed to his 13th NBA All-Star game.

John Wall wants to break Magic Johnson’s record for assists in an All-Star Game
More than halfway through the season, Wall leads the league with 10.2 assists per game. Wall had 22 assists in 29 minutes to win MVP honors in the 2011 Rising Stars Challenge. Magic Johnson set the record of 22 assists in the 1984 All-Star Game.

Dwyane Wade out, Kyle Korver in
Wade has been sidelined for two weeks to recover from a right hamstring injury. Atlanta's Kyle Korver was selected to replace him on the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

Nurkic to replace Adams in BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
Nurkic, who was acquired by the Nuggets in a draft-day trade with Chicago, has appeared in 39 games this season, averaging 6.8 points, 6.2 rebounds (second among rookies).  Adams underwent successful surgery on Monday to address a fracture in the fourth metacarpal of his right hand.

Is 2015 3-Point Contest Field Best in All-Star Weekend History?
In that field of eight, you have each of the five players with the most three-point makes this season—Matthews, Thompson, Curry, Korver, Harden—and three others who have made a lucrative living from beyond the arc. Looking at the upcoming three-point slate, one cannot help but wonder: Is this the best field in All-Star weekend history?

Lillard replaces Griffin as All-Star
Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will replace injured Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, commissioner Adam Silver announced Sunday, Feb. 8.

Number of Hotel Rooms Stand between Sacramento and NBA All-Star Weekend
Sacramento is roughly 2,000 hotel rooms shy in the downtown area, according to NBA preference. But Commissioner Adam Silver hinted Tuesday during his visit to Sacramento that there may be ways to satisfy the league.

Irving, Curry, Thompson and Korver headline Three-Point Contest Field
3-Point contest winners Kyrie Irving (Cleveland) and Marco Belinelli (San Antonio) headline the field for the 2015 Three-Point Contest. Rounding out the field are Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, James Harden, JJ Redick, Wesley Matthews and Kyle Korver.

Kevin Hart, Ansel Elgort, Common, Mo'ne Davis, Anthony Anderson, Nick Cannon and Chadwick Boseman to compete in Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

Adam Silver favor expanding All-Star rosters
Asked specifically about expanding the rosters in the respective conferences to 13 or even 15 players, Silver said: ‎"I think that's something that will get very strong consideration. I think that's an issue that we'll end up discussing with the Players Association. It has a direct impact on many of the player's bonuses. There's preset bonuses in their contracts for making the All-Star team. I think counter-balancing that is the issue of playing time.

DeMarcus Cousins off to first ASG
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will replace injured Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday, Jan. 30.

CBS experts pick their All-Star reserves
Here are the selections by the writers who cover the NBA for who should be selected for each conference. The format is the same used by the NBA: two backcourt players, three frontcourt players and two wild card selections.

Andrew Wiggins and Michael Carter-Williams lead NBA Rising Stars Challenge rosters
NBA debuts new Rising Stars format: Team USA - Team World.

Antetokounmpo, LaVine, Oladipo and Mason Plumlee headline Slam Dunk Contest field

Cavs PG Kyrie Irving lost $7-10 million by missing cut in All-Star voting
By missing the cut for an All-Star starting spot in fan voting, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving missed out on a contractual clause that could have brought him $7 to $10 million in extra pay.

Pau Gasol's Renaissance Yields Long-Overdue NBA All-Star Game Start
Pau Gasol had accomplished plenty over the course of his NBA career before joining forces with the Chicago Bulls over the offseason. Still, the four-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA selection and two-time champion managed to find one box that wasn't checked on his Hall of Fame-caliber resume. And hoop fans around the globe helped him fill it in.

Let the debates begin: Selecting the 2015 NBA All-Star Game reserves
The fan voting process always stirs up a lot of controversy, but it’s only truly problematic when a player who is totally unworthy of All-Star status gets chosen to be a starter. When that happens, there’s one fewer spot for a legit All-Star and a greater cramp when it comes to the reserves. Good news: the fans went five-for-five in picking East players worthy of All-Star status this year, thereby avoiding any unnecessary logjams in the reserve corps.

Making the Case for Tim Duncan on the 2015 NBA All-Star Team
At 38 years young, Tim Duncan deserves a chance to represent the San Antonio Spurs and Western Conference for the 15th time at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. However, sending him to the 2015 edition is much more than some lifetime achievement award.

Mark Cuban: NBA needs better way
"In context of everything, that's no votes. That's such a small number considering all the different options you have to vote that it's almost embarrassing. It's just no one's really looked at it that way. Of all the people who go to games, all the people who watch games globally, to have [1.5] million means that system's broken. Absolutely, positively broken."

Despite Sacramento’s Struggles, DeMarcus Cousins Deserves an All-Star Bid
If Cousins keeps up his per-game averages — 23.9 points, 12.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 blocks — he’d become just the sixth player in NBA history to post such totals over the course of an entire season. When you see a player’s name alongside luminaries such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Kevin Garnett, you know you’ve entered rarefied air. And yet he might not even be an All-Star. Can that be so?

Kyle Lowry Voted As Starter To 2015 All-Star Team
The NBA announced Thursday that guard Kyle Lowry has been voted by the fans as a starter to the Eastern Conference team for the 2015 All-Star Game. Lowry is the third Raptor to be elected a starter, joining Vince Carter (2000-04) and Chris Bosh (2007).

The All-Ignored Team: Most slighted players in 2015 NBA All-Star voting
Overlooked players bear none of the blame here. All sorts of factors – age, role, style of play, commercial visibility, market size, playoff experience, team performance --contribute to a player being undervalued in the voting process.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Victor Oladipo, Mason Plumlee and Zach Lavine will be part of the Slam Dunk Contest
The Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo and Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo have committed to participating in the All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk contest. Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee also will be a part of the competition. Another strong possibility for the competition is Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine.

Ariana Grande to Headline NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show
Ariana Grande will perform at halftime of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, set for Sunday, February 15 at New York's Madison Square Garden. Grande is the first artist confirmed for All-Star Weekend, which features events at both at the Garden and Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

NBA Rising Stars Challenge launch new format: USA vs World.
The league's assistant coaches will select 10 U.S. players and 10 international players for the game, with one ballot for each NBA team. Both 10-man rosters will include 4 guards, 4 frontcourt players and 2 more players regardless of their position. Each team will feature a minimum of 3 first-year players and 3 second-year players among its 10 spots.

Monta Ellis Deserves to Be an NBA All-Star but Probably Won't Be
Monta Ellis has hardly ever had a stronger All-Star case than the one he is putting forward this season. Even as he has been the best player on the Dallas Mavericks, his chances to represent the Western Conference are looking slim.

What to Expect from Rookie Andrew Wiggins in the 2015 NBA Slam Dunk Contest
If there's one thing about Andrew Wiggins that the analytics crowd can't hate on, it's his insane athleticism. So what exactly can we expect from Wiggins in his first appearance in the dunk contest? Well, he's given us plenty of clues already.

Too bad for Klay Thompson: All-Stars not always best players
In a victory for truth and justice, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will be the Western Conference’s backcourt starters. Curry’s spot is secure, but there’s no guarantee Thompson will even make the team. That would be a terrible shame, because he’s flat-out the best shooting guard in the league.

Blogtable: Atlanta’s All-Star is …?
Assuming the Hawks don’t have a player voted into the starting lineup (and that’s a pretty safe assumption), who on the Atlanta roster should make the All-Star team as a reserve? And why?

Rumor: Andrew Wiggins’ father says son will compete in All-Star Dunk Contest
According to father Mitchell, Andrew Wiggins will participate in 2015 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Competition held 2/14 @ Madison Square Garden!

Who Should Be First-Time All-Stars in 2015?
The voting for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game concludes on Monday, January 19 at 11:59:59. With a closing window to get deserving players into the annual showcase, many legacies are on the line.

Does Dirk Nowitzki Still Deserve a Spot on the 2015 NBA All-Star Team?
Dirk Nowitzki has been a regular attraction at the NBA All-Star Game for over a decade. The competition to represent the Western Conference in the exhibition is excruciating this year, but the German is still in the running.

Four suggestions on how WNBA players can be better showcased at NBA All-Star Weekend
To this point, WNBA players have been incorporated into NBA All-Star Weekend by taking part in events like community service, playing in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and taking part in the Shooting Stars contest on All-Star Saturday Night which happens to be the first part of that event.

Top-5 Players Who Deserve Their First All-Star Appearance
Each February, the NBA gathers together to celebrate the birth of our nation’s first president George Washington with a highlight reel of dunks, trick shots, three-pointers and ankle-breaking handles better known as the All-Star Game. Fans and coaches alike vote for the players they believe best represent their team, conference and league, putting together rosters that seem only imaginable in 2K.

No good reason these players should not be All-Stars
Jimmy Butler, Mike Conley and others look like locks to be picked for 2015 All-Star Game.

NBPA Logo Challenge
The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has launches the NBPA's Logo Challenge. The winning logo will be announced during the 2015 All-Star Weekend. There is an exclusive NBPA prize package (valued at approximately $2,500) and recognition in NBPA press materials and social media announcing the new logo and winner. Or, just take $2,500 cash!

The All-Star case for … Jeff Teague
The Hawks boast the best record in the Eastern Conference and Teague directs the well-balanced offensive attack. Teague is the Hawks’ leading scorer through 33 games with an average of 17.3 points. Teague has scored in double figures 22 times this season, including 16 20-point games. He is on pace to increase his scoring average in each of his six seasons.

3rd Round of voting released for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game on January 15th.
The latest round of results for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game are available. Lebron James Stephen Curry still leading the way.

Klay Thompson: Is He An All-Star This Year?
Averaging 21.0 points per game on a career-high 43.1 percent shooting from downtown, Thompson is the NBA’s 13th highest scorer. He’s shooting a 45.8 percent from the field and has increased his rebounds and assists to 3.5 and 3.2 per game, respectively. All of those represent career highs. But in the loaded Western Conference, has Klay Thompson’s 2014-15 campaign been good enough for an All-Star spot?

Who actually deserves an All-Star spot?
As much as people dismiss the All-Star Game as meaningless spectacle, we still — for some reason — attribute All-Star appearances to players’ careers as a measuring stick before bringing up All-NBA selections. So assuming we as NBA fans actually want the All-Star Game to mean something, this is an attempt to break down who actually deserves the designation of “All-Star” so far this season.

Don’t Forget Mike Conley in All-Star Game Voting
In all likelihood, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley will not earn his first-ever All-Star Game berth in 2015. With Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard also playing in the Western Conference, the odds are simply not in Conley’s favor. That does not change the fact that he’s playing at what could be an All-Star-caliber level.

Will revamped voting process improve the 2015 NBA All-Star Game?
The NBA has undertaken a massive overhaul of its All-Star voting procedure in recent years. A paper ballot with a limited number of players and traditional positional headings has gradually given way to an all-digital, all-inclusive ballot that features a broader positional approach.

Best and Worst Fan-Voting Choices from First NBA All-Star Ballot Returns
The NBA's All-Star fan vote is an inexact science. With the first returns released Christmas morning, let's determine which of the top-25 vote-getters in each conference were fairly evaluated and which received unjust recognition from the fans.

Is DeAndre Jordan Deserving of an All-Star Selection This Season?
His deservedness is not just that the 2013-14 rebounding champion is producing at or above the levels he did a season ago. Due to several factors that go beyond the stat sheet, he's a better candidate this time around. Besides being the cornerstone of the defense, he's managed to do all the little things well.

3 Chicago Bulls Players Headed To 2015 All-Star Game?
The Bulls are off to a decent start with a 18-9 record, sitting at the #4 spot in the Eastern Conference, and it should be credited mostly to the supreme play of this trio: Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol.

Charlotte will get NBA All-Star game after arena upgrades
The first available All-Star Game up for bid is in 2017. In all likelihood the 2017 and 2018 events will be awarded simultaneously. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said there’s no set date for when those games will be awarded, but he’d like it to be as soon as possible.

Can Jimmy Butler Be An All Star?
Jimmy Butler is coming off a relatively unsuccessful season last year where he shot 39.7% from the field and averaged  just over 13 ppg. However, this season he has seen a tremendous amount of success so far increasing his fg % by nearly 10% and his points per game by about 8.

Cleveland Cavaliers have placed a bid for 2018 NBA All-Star Game
Cleveland has gone through a transformation in recent years and is already primed to host some big-time events, the return of LeBron James certainly helps. The Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Hornets have placed bids for 2018 as well. The Cavaliers anticipate an official ruling within the first quarter of 2015.

24 most deserving All-Stars by Sam Smith

NBA All-Star ballot expands to include all players
The NBA is expanding the All-Star ballot to include all players, and pushing back the start of voting so fans can better consider their choices.

Kyrie Irving All-Star starter? $9.000.000 difference.
Irving signed a contract extension with the “Derrick Rose rule” trigger. The Rose rule allows players with four or five years of experience to earn more money if they achieve one of the following within their first four seasons: Named to the All-NBA first, second or third team twice; Voted an All-Star starter twice or Won MVP.

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Summer Dreaming: First-time All-Stars
The regular season will only be a few weeks old when the ballots will go out for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. Most of the voters won’t even have to think about the first handful of names they’ll fill in. Everybody wants to see the marquee stars. Nothing at all wrong with that. But with only 24 roster spots in a league with 450 players, a few deserving players get overlooked.

Hosting the NBA All-Star Game in 2017 or 2018 is on Cleveland Cavaliers' radar
After an exciting few months, Cleveland has become the center of the sports universe, and the Cleveland Cavaliers would like to bring another event to the city in the coming years: the NBA All-Star Game. After an exciting few months, Cleveland has become the center of the sports universe, and the Cleveland Cavaliers would like to bring another event to the city in the coming years: the NBA All-Star Game.

Trail Blazers make bid for NBA All-Star Game
The Portland Trail Blazers are one of three NBA teams that have never been given the opportunity to host the league's All-Star Game. The franchise took a major step toward changing that, submitting a bid to host the 2017 or 2018 game at the Moda Center.

NBA extends All-Star break
The NBA will experiment with an extended break around All-Star Weekend, and the new minimum amount of days teams will have between games is eight. All-Star weekend coincides with the middle of the NBA season, allowing players and teams a chance to recover and prepare to close out the year.

NBA Goes Public (Transportation) with NBA All-Star 2015 Logo
The NBA introduced the logo for NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City. Inspired by the design of the iconic public transportation signs that adorn many corners of America’s largest city, the logo includes colors reminiscent of the subway and bus lines that connect each of the five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.

Charlotte bids for ASG in '17 or '18
Hornets owner Michael Jordan, a 14-time NBA All-Star, is pushing to bring the big game back to Charlotte. The Hornets, in conjunction with the Charlotte Sports Foundation, announced plans to submit a bid to host the NBA All-Star Weekend in 2017 or 2018.

Brooklyn Nets Launch Ticket Pack Featuring Regular Season Games and NBA All-Star 2015 Event
The Rising Stars 6 Pack includes games against the Cleveland Cavaliers featuring 2014 No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, Milwaukee Bucks and No. 2 pick Jabari Parker, Orlando Magic and No. 4 pick Aaron Gordon, Boston Celtics and No. 6 pick Marcus Smart, and Philadelphia 76ers and 2013 No. 6 pick Nerlens Noel.

Predicting the 1st-Time NBA All-Stars of the 2014-15 Season
Nothing beats the first time players earn a selection, whether it's as starters or reserves. That's a special occurrence, undoubtedly one the recipients remember. Inaugural appearances happen mostly every year, too. Youngsters develop, free agents find impeccable situations that play to their strengths and certain veterans finally eclipse that All-Star plateau.

2017 NBA All-Star game in Charlotte? NBA commissioner says it's possible, but only after "upgrades"
Silver referred to the Bobcats’ statement in his comments: “We’ve had our events department down here to survey the building and there are some upgrades to the building that are needed,” he said. “There are some upgrades to the building that are needed. Part of the understanding is to assure the building remains state-of-the-art.”

Predicting the 2015 NBA All-Star Teams
The 2014 NBA All-Star Game is already old news, which means it is now officially time to look ahead at which superstars are most likely to visit Madison Square Garden for the 2015 exhibition. Don't worry; most of the old favorites will be there. But who will join them?

NBA All-Star Game: West 163 - East 155. MVP Kyrie Irving

John Wall and East Team Slam Dunk Champions

San Antonio Spurs Marco Belinelli wins the 3 Point Shootout Contest

Damian Lillard repeat as Skills-Challenge winner with Trey Burke

Team Bosh wins again the Shooting Stars Contest

Andre Drummond (30 points, 25 rebounds) and Team HILL won the NBA Rising Stars Challenge

Chris Paul confirms he will play in the All-Star Game
After returning to the court from a separated right shoulder in a 123-78 victory over the76ers Sunday, Chris Paul announced Monday that he will play in this weekend’s All-Star Game at New Orleans Arena.

Ben McLemore May Attempt 720 In Dunk Contest
There are still dunks that have been performed in venues other than All-Star Weekend that have yet to be even attempted in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Sacramento Kings rookie Ben McLemore is on the West squad for this weekend’s upcoming Sprite Slam Dunk Dunk Contest. We know he’s incredibly athletic, and from what we’ve seen in games, we understand he’s a high flyer. He also appears to have an understanding of what works and doesn’t work in dunk contests.

Time To Expand All-Star Rosters to 15
When Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks made each of his four All-Star teams from 1983 to 1988, the NBA had 23 teams. Twelve players from each conference, one made up of 12 teams and the other 11, made the All-Star team. Today the league boasts 30 teams, 15 in each conference. That’s seven more teams and approximately 105 more players than in Cheeks’ day.

All-Star Davis Gives New Orleans Added Flavor
Not that the NBA All-Star Game is ever lacking in fireworks or flash or big names, yet it’s always a bit more fun when there is a hometown connection. The 2014 All-Star Game got the spice and flavor of a hot bowl of gumbo when Pelicans’ forward Anthony Davis was named as a replacement for the injured Bryant on the Western Conference roster by new commissioner Adam Silver.

Terrence Ross, Paul George and John Wall headline Slam Dunk Contest field
The Eastern Conference will be represented by the 2013 Slam Dunk champion Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors along with the Indiana Pacers Paul George and Washington Wizards John Wall. The Western Conference lineup will include Sacramento Kings rookie Ben McLemore, Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard and golden State Warriors Harrison Barnes.

Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, Kevin Love and Damian Lillard headline Three-Point Contest Field
3-Point contest winners Kyrie Irving (Cleveland) and Kevin Love (Minnesota) headline the field for the 2014 Three-Point Contest, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the New Orleans Arena. Rounding out the field are Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Marco Belinelli, Arron Afflalo, Bradley Beal and Joe Johnson.

Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard lead NBA Rising Stars Challenge rosters
Team HILL put together Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal and Andre Drummond among others. Team WEBBER got most of the Rookies plus 2012 #1 pick Anthony Davis.

Pharrell Williams to headline NBA All-Star Entertainment Series
New Orleans-Inspired Halftime Performance Led by Grammy® -Nominated Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, with Guest Performances by Grammy and Award-Winning Artists Janelle Monáe, Dr. John, Gary Clark, Jr., and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Comedian Kevin Hart Headlines Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Participants
The National Basketball Association announced today stars from film and TV will take the court for the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2014 on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. ET

All-Star Game Could Become Rehab Assignment For Chris Paul
Doc Rivers was asked how he would feel about CP3 participating in the All-Star Game. “I don’t know. I haven’t even thought about it, honestly. If he’s cleared to play, I actually wouldn’t mind him playing. I don’t think he wants to do that, but I don’t think it’ll be a bad thing,” Rivers said. “It’s not going to be the most physical of games, I’m pretty sure of that. But at least he gets to go up and down the floor. If the schedule stays where it’s at, he’ll be cleared to play after the All-Star Game, or before even. And if he is, I don’t see anything wrong with playing.

Raptors' Ross ready to defend slam-dunk title
Winning the dunk contest was one thing. Defending it is another. Terrence Ross is leaving nothing to chance. The sophomore swing man began working up some dunk options a couple of days ago.

NBA All-Star Game reserves announced
East Bench: Wall - DeRozan - Johnson - Bosh - Hibbert - Millsap - Noah
West Bench: Paul - Parker - Harden - Aldridge - Howard - Lillard - Nowitzki

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis having All-Star season, but coaches will have to vote him on team
Those of us who have watched Davis this season take the next step for the New Orleans Pelicans into the league's upper echelon don't have to be convinced of his All-Star worthiness.
Davis will be battling for a spot against equally deserving players such as Minnesota's Kevin Love, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, Sacramento's Cousins, San Antonio's Tim Duncan, and Golden State's Andre Iguodala and David Lee, not to mention old-timers Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas and Pau Gasol of the Lakers.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks clinches All-Star coach spot
With the Portland Trail Blazers loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 28, Brooks' Oklahoma City Thunder have locked up the best record in the Western Conference through the All-Star break, meaning he'll be manning the bench once again for the West.

West Reserves: Injuries Make It Tricky
Start with injuries to Paul and Lakers star Kobe Bryant. That makes things a bit complicated for the Western Conference coaches. If healthy, Paul, , is an automatic selection. Unsure if Paul, will be back in time, coaches might go ahead and select him, then allow for a commissioner’s replacement if he can’t play. If Bryant can’t play,  an additional spot for a deserving backcourt player will open among a very crowded field of candidates,

East Reserves: Hard To Spread Around
Over the next few days, East coaches will vote for the reserves, which will be announced next Thursday on TNT. Given the relative futility of most teams outside of Indiana and Miami, it’s difficult to name anybody that’s obviously an All-Star.

Why Pacers' Lance Stephenson should be an NBA All-Star
The fourth-year guard is second on the Pacers in scoring (13.7 points a game), first in assists (5.1), third in rebounding (6.6) and third in field goal percentage (50.2%). He leads the league with three triple-doubles and also is a quality defender. Is that enough to get Stephenson an All-Star nod? Coaches, who can't vote for their own players, will decide the reserves.

All-Star Voting Reveals How Howard’s Popularity Has Plunged
In 2009, Dwight Howard — not Kobe Bryant, not LeBron James, not Dwyane Wade — became the first player in All-Star fan balloting history to crack 3 million votes. Six years, multiple changes of mind and two teams later, an image-tattered Howard received 653,318 votes.

Final voting results announced on Thursday Jan. 23
These are the starting fives for the 2014 New Orleans NBA All-Star Game:
East. Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Lebron James.
West. Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love.

NBA unveils sleeved 2014 All-Star jerseys by Adidas
For whatever reason, the NBA continues to push sleeve jerseys on its players and the public. After all 10 competing teams wore the unpopular get-ups on Christmas Day, the NBA will reportedly have its All-Stars wear them in the showcase game next month

Six Worthy Below-The-Radar All-Stars
With less than a week left in the voting for the starting lineups, it will be up to the coaches — they name the reserves — to fill in the blanks and rectify some of the slights. But there’s still more than handful of deserving players who could be left out. We’ll call them the All-Fars, as in too far under the radar.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel clinches All-Star coach spot
The victory of the Pacers against the Kings on Jan 14. clinched the Eastern Conference coaching spot for Frank Vogel, since the Pacers are guaranteed to have the best winning percentage in the conference through games of Feb. 2 with Miami's Erik Spoelstra ineligible after coaching last year.

Predicting First-Time NBA All-Stars in 2014
When there are more deserving players than roster spots, snubs are bound to arise. Barring injury, Curry's going to get that call this season. But which first-year participants will join him? And which ones will be forced to feel the pain he had to endure last season?

Hawks’ Teague Ready For (All-)Star Turn?
Teague is the head of the snake of one of just three teams with a winning record (the Pacers and Miami Heat are the others). And with the likes of Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and Deron Williams either injured or suffering through injury-plagued seasons, there is an opening for some fresh blood in the All-Star point-guard mix.

Sacramento Kings’ Isaiah Thomas deserves to be an NBA All-Star
We all know his story – Mr. Irrelevant. The last player taken in the 2011 NBA Draft. The small stature. Everything that seemingly could go against Thomas has. Yet, not only has he taken those road blocks in stride, he’s blown right through them. 21.3 points per game, 7.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 3.2 rebounds – including 47.1% from the field, 44.4% from the arc.

Wizards’ John Wall is on verge of an all-star milestone
Wall has the one necessary ingredient now to be thought of as a bona fide all-star: He makes his teammates better. He’s not just out to get 30 every night; some nights 16 assists and 10 points will do.