NBA All Star Weekend 2021

Regardless of the current situation in the world, there will be an NBA All-Star Game in 2021. Despite the reservations of many players, media members, and fans, the league is moving forward with plans for a condensed All-Star “Weekend” on March 7 in Atlanta. The 2021 NBA All-Star Game is an exhibition basketball game that is scheduled to be played during the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) 2020–21 season. The 70th edition of the NBA All-Star Game will be hosted at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, home of the Atlanta Hawks; the game had originally been awarded to Indianapolis, but was moved to Atlanta due to conflicts with the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament (which is being held entirely in the Indianapolis area due to COVID-19 logistics reasons). This is the third time that Atlanta will host the All-Star Game, and the first time since 2003.

The main part of the NBA weekend is of course the All Star Game between the East and the West. The skills challenge and the 3 points contest will be played before the game. However, the Slam Dunk contest will be played during half-time. Below, we will share the latest information surrounding this popular event. Our main focus is the All Star Game; however, we will also talk about the other events. Usually, the All Star Weekend lasts for three days. Although, this year because of Covid-19, it will all be done in a single action-packed night. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this popular event. For more information about the All Star Weekend, check the official NBA website.

2021 NBA All Star Game

The 2021 NBA All-Star Game will have the same competitive format as the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. The two All-Star teams will compete to win each quarter for their respective beneficiaries. The fourth quarter will be untimed and the teams will play to a Final Target Score, meaning that the game will end with a made basket or a made free throw instead of with the clock running out.

Game Format

The first three quarters will be timed (with the score resetting after each), with each winner’s charitable beneficiaries receiving to-be-determined contributions. In the final quarter, the teams will play to a target score of 24 more than the cumulative score of the leading team in an ongoing tribute to Kobe Bryant.

Roster

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.

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

The All-Star Game starters were announced on February 18, 2021. Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards and Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets were named the backcourt starters in the East, earning their third and seventh all-star appearances, respectively. Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks were named the frontcourt starters in the East, earning their 11th and fifth all-star appearances, respectively. Lastly, joining in the East frontcourt was Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, his fourth selection.

Team & Draft Format

Lakers forward LeBron James from Western Conference, will captain one team. Brooklyn forward Kevin Durant, leading vote-getter in the East, will captain the other and select their teams in a draft. Starters were chosen by using a combination of voting from fans (50%), players (25%) and media (25%).

NBA Draft
NBA Draft

Picking the Team

The NBA-All Star draft will take place on March 4, 2021. This was the fourth straight year that James was named an All-Star team captain. On the other hand, this was Durant’s first selection as team captain. Additionally, 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. Lastly, 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. Silver’s 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.

What is the Competitive Format?

How does the competitive format work?

Each of the first three quarters will begin with the score of 0-0 and will last 12 minutes. The winner of each 12-minute quarter (first, second and third) will be the team that scores the most points within that quarter.

Last but not least, at the start of the fourth quarter, the game clock will be turned off and a Final Target Score will be set. Once the Final Target Score is set, the teams will play an untimed fourth quarter. The first team to reach (or surpass) the Final Target Score will win the NBA All-Star Game.

How is the Final Target Score determined?

The Final Target Score will be determined by taking the leading team’s total cumulative score through three quarters and adding 24 points.

What is an example of the Final Target Score?

Below is a review of how the Final Target Score worked when it was used in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.

Team Giannis scored 41, 51 and 41 points in the first three quarters for a total cumulative score of 133 points. Team LeBron scored 53, 30 and 41 points in the first three quarters for a total cumulative score of 124 points. Through three quarters, the score was: Team Giannis 133, Team LeBron 124.

As a result, the Final Target Score was set at 157 points (leading team’s cumulative score of 133 + 24). At the start of the fourth quarter, here were the scenarios for how each team could win the NBA All-Star Game:

  • Team Giannis needed to score 24 points in the fourth quarter before Team LeBron scored 33 points.
  • Team LeBron needed to score 33 points in the fourth quarter before Team Giannis scored 24 points.

LeBron’s team reached the Final Target Score first and defeated Team Giannis 157-155. Team LeBron outscored Team Giannis 33-22 in the fourth quarter.

Why use 24 points to help determine the Final Target Score?

For the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, the league incorporated 24 points into the calculation of the Final Target Score to honor the late Kobe Bryant, who wore No. 24 for the final 10 seasons of his career. However, the same method for determining the Final Target Score will be used for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.

How to Watch the Game?

TNT’s NBA All-Star coverage will begin at 5 p.m. ET with TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax, followed by the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge and MTN DEW® 3-Point Contest starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.  Coverage of the 70th NBA All-Star Game will begin at 8 p.m. ET, with AT&T Slam Dunk taking place at halftime.

Additional Events at the 2021 All Star Weekend

The slam dunk contest, with a format to be determined, will be at halftime of the All-Star game, while the skills competition and three-point shooting contest will take place before the game. TNT’s broadcast begins at 2 p.m. PST, with the skills and three-point competitions starting at 3:30 p.m. PST.

Here’s a look at everything you need to know about how to watch these events and who’s participating:

Skills Challenge

  • When: Sunday, March 7 | Prior to tip-off of 2021 All-Star Game
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. ET | TV: TNT
  • Participants: Robert Covington (Trail Blazers), Luka Doncic (Mavericks), Chris Paul (Suns), Julius Randle (Knicks), Domantas Sabonis (Pacers), Nikola Vucevic (Magic)

3-Point Contest

  • When: Sunday, March 7 | Prior to tip-off of 2021 All-Star Game
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. ET | TV: TNT
  • Participants: Devin Booker (Suns), Jaylen Brown (Celtics), Stephen Curry (Warriors), Zach LaVine (Bulls), Donovan Mitchell (Jazz), Jayson Tatum (Celtics)

Dunk Contest

  • When: Sunday, March 7 | Halftime of 2021 All-Star Game
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET | TV: TNT
  • Participants: Anfernee Simons (Trail Blazers), Cassius Stanley (Pacers), Obi Toppin (Knicks)

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