The NBA All-Star Game has been played since 1951. The current format of the game involves the players being selected by the coach of their respective conference’s team. Fans then vote on whether they want to allot more voting power for each region, or conference.
The NBA All-Star game is one of the most watched events in North American sports. The game attracts many international fans because it showcases the best basketball players in the world playing together on one team to compete against each other, with everyone having a chance at winning.
Players involved in the game are selected by their respective coaches, and fans vote on who they think should be in the game.
Introduce the players who will be competing in the game.
There are ten players on each team, five starters and five reserves. The fan vote selects the All-Star game starters, with coaches selecting players to play in place of those who are unable to play due to injuries or other reasons.
Introduce any rules that will be involved during the game.
The number of timeouts has been reduced to four, from ten. The shot clock resets to 14 seconds after an offensive rebound instead of 24. Teams get one more foul before fouling out.
Discuss their stats and what makes them stand out as players.
James Harden, Paul George, and Kyrie Irving are the three leading vote getters. The starting lineup will likely consist of:
- LeBron James
- Kevin Durant
- Giannis Antetokounmpo
- DeMarcus Cousins
- Anthony Davis
Predict who will win the game and why.
The team led by James will win. He is the best player in the NBA, and has put together an All-Star roster around him consisting of other top ten players like: Davis, Cousins and Durant. The Western Conference also features two former MVPs and several other superstars including Harden, George and Irving who would start on any other Eastern Conference team. This may be the best team in All-Star history, and it’s not even close.
Recap the game and how it unfolded.
The game was close throughout, but the MVP LeBron James lead his team to a victory over the West. There were several highlight reel dunks including one by Aaron Gordon while being fouled which increased his teams’ momentum.
Discuss any other information about the game that you feel would be interesting for fans to know.
Anthony Davis broke Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star scoring record with 52 points. Kyrie Irving hit a three pointer from the half-way line, and LeBron James had 17 assists tying Magic Johnson’s All-Star record.
Do nba players get paid for the all star game?
Not in the current format, no. However, they do get paid for winning or losing. The winning team splits up to $100k among their players while the losing team goes home empty handed. Players are also paid to participate in the All-Star weekend’s festivities including the different skills competitions during All-Star weekend. These include:
- Dunk contest
- Three point contest
- Skills challenge
- Shooting stars competition
These events are popular with both fans and players. The participants receive a small fee to take part in these contests as well as free lodging and transportation if they agree to participate. In addition, the slam dunk champion is awarded a custom made trophy from Spalding worth $10,000.
Who do you think will win the NBA All Star game?
I predict that the West will win, as they have a much deeper roster with team members like Harden and Durant who can both score at ease.
The East may be top heavy without any other superstars, but LeBron James is one of the best in history and will lead his team to victory.
The NBA All Star game continues to be one of the most watched events in professional basketball. The level of competition has never been tougher, and it will be interesting to see who will win West vs East this year.