2023 All-Star

2023 All-Star Draft & All-Star Game: Format, explainer and FAQ's

The starters and captains will be announced tonight on TNT; And for the first time, the All-Star Draft will take place directly before the game on Feb. 19.


How are the All-Stars starters and captains selected?

Fans account for 50% of the vote to determine the starters for the 2023 NBA All-Star Game. Current NBA players and a media panel account for 25% each. The NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two team captains, will be revealed by TNT on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. ET.

The team captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference.

How are the All-Star reserves selected?

The 30 NBA coaches select the 14 reserves, voting for two guards, three frontcourt players and two players at any position in their respective conferences. Commissioner Silver selects the replacement for any player unable to participate in the All-Star Game, choosing a player from the same conference as the player who is being replaced. Silver’s selection would join the team that drafted the replaced player. The commissioner also has the power to create a special roster addition, which he did for the first time in 2019.

The reserves will be announced on Feb. 2.

When is the All-Star Draft? 

For the first time, the NBA All-Star Draft will take place right before the game. The two team captains will draft the team rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference. The Draft will start at 7:30 p.m. ET (TNT/TBS) on Sunday, Feb. 19.

When is the All-Star Game?

The 72nd All-Star Game will immediately follow the All-Star Draft at 8 p.m. ET (TNT/TBS) on Feb. 19 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.

How does the All-Star Draft work?

The process starts with the captains, who are determined by the All-Star voting results. The leader for each conference gets to select his squad and have the team named after him. In 2022, the All-Star teams were named “Team Durant” and “Team LeBron” after Kevin Durant and LeBron James.

The leading vote-getter in the All-Star balloting process is awarded the first pick in the All-Star Draft.

The captains take turns drafting from the pool of 22 players voted into the All-Star field — first, they select from the eight All-Star starters, then from the 14 All-Star reserves. Conference affiliation does not matter during the draft process.

Who coaches the All-Star Game?

The coaches for each team are determined by the standings two weeks before the All-Star Game. The coaching staff for the East and West leaders is matched with the captain from the respective conference. However, if the leading coaching staff coached the previous All-Star game, then the second place coaching staff is selected.

In 2022, the coaches were Erik Spoelstra (Heat / Team Durant) and Monty Williams (Suns / Team LeBron).

Are there any special rules or format for the All-Star Game?

Yes. The biggest difference from a “normal” NBA game is the introduction of a “target score” to determine the winner. Each All-Star team will compete to win each of the first three quarters, all of which will start with the score of 0-0 and will be 12 minutes long. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the game clock will be turned off and a Final Target Score will be set.

The Final Target Score will be determined by taking the leading team’s total cumulative score through three quarters and adding 24 points – the 24 representing Kobe Bryant’s jersey number for the final 10 seasons of his NBA career. The teams will then play an untimed fourth quarter and the first team to reach the Final Target Score will win the NBA All-Star Game.

For instance, if the cumulative score of the first three quarters is 100-95, the Final Target Score would be set at 124 points. To win the NBA All-Star Game, the team with 100 points would need to score 24 points in the fourth quarter before the team with 95 points scores 29 points, and vice versa. With no minimum or maximum time on the clock in the fourth quarter, the NBA All-Star Game will end with a made basket or a made free throw.

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