The 2024 NBA All-Star Weekend will be held from Feb. 16-18 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The weekend includes the annual NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, the Rising Stars, the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest, as well as the 2024 AT&T Slam Dunk Contest.

All-Star Weekend closes with its main event, the 73rd NBA All-Star Game, on Sunday, Feb. 18. LeBron James will lead the Western Conference starters, while Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the East. Four players will make their All Star debuts, being Tyrese Maxey, Paolo Banchero, Jalen Brunson, and Scottie Barnes.

When is the NBA All-Star Game 2024?

The NBA All-Star Game 2024 will tip off at 8:00 PM EST on Sunday, Feb. 18.

How are NBA All-Star teams selected?

The NBA All-Star players are selected by a combined vote of NBA fans (50 percent), current NBA players (25 percent), and a select media panel (25 percent).

The 14 reserves are then selected by the 30 NBA coaches, who pick players from their respective conferences to fill out the reserve list.

NBA All-Star Game History

The inaugural NBA All-Star Game was played at the Boston Garden in 1951. The historic event featured legendary players such as Bob Cousy and George Mikan.

The All-Star Game has been played each year except 1999, when an NBA lockout caused the game to be canceled.

All Star Weekend's draft format took shape seven years ago, when LeBron and Steph Curry drafted teams for the first time using the new draft system. That system has now been scrapped with commissioner Adam Silver opting to go back to the ‘traditional basketball’ approach.

Ranking the Top 10 Greatest NBA All-Star Games of all time

  1. 1964 NBA All-Star Game – Jan. 14, 1964, at Boston

The 1964 NBA All-Star Game was one of the most intriguing in league history -- not for its entertainment on the court, but more so for its off-court significance.

This game was the first All-Star game to be televised, featuring the likes of Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry Lucas, Sam Jones, and Elgin Baylor. The All-Stars, however, threatened to strike -- refusing to play in the game unless the NBA’s owners agreed to recognize and support the players’ union.

The ABC television network had agreed to broadcast the game and showed interest in a lasting league TV contract. Network executives warned the NBA that cancellation of the 1964 All-Star Game would likely put an end to that interest.

Under pressure from ABC, the NBA and its players eventually reached a deal, and the game went ahead as planned. As a result, NBA players gained numerous benefits not previously available to them.

  1. 1972 NBA All-Star Game – Jan. 18, 1972, at Los Angeles

The NBA’s iconic legend, Jerry West, stole the show in the 1972 NBA All-Star game. West avoided the defense of New York Knicks star Walt Frazier to hit a 20-foot buzzer-beater and give the Western Conference a 112-110 victory.

It was a closely contested game. The key was West’s ability to perform in critical moments on a night that ended with one of the closest final scores in NBA history.

West was voted the 1972 NBA All-Star Game MVP after scoring 13 points for a Western team that included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gail Goodrich, and Oscar Robertson. Hall of Famers Dave Cowens and Bob Lanier both made their All-Star debuts in the game.

  1. 1977 NBA All-Star Game – Feb. 13, 1977, at Milwaukee

The 1977 All-Star Game was packed with more stars than any previous game, because it was the first All-Star matchup following the merger of the ABA and the NBA.

The merger gave former ABA stars such as Julius Erving, George McGinnis, and George Gervin their first chance to take part in the NBA festivities.

Dr. J. scored 30 points and was awarded MVP honors, as the East won 125-124. Bob McAdoo also scored 30 for the East, while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led the Western Conference with 21.

  1. 1992 NBA All-Star Game – Feb. 9, 1992, at Orlando

Just months after announcing his retirement from the NBA due to testing positive for HIV, Magic Johnson made a memorable comeback. Despite facing protests, his return was celebrated in the All-Star game, with players offering a heartfelt tribute and showing their support for him.

The Lakers legend was no longer in his prime, but he put on a show in the All-Star Game -- scoring 25 points and leading the West to a 153-113 win. At the game-ending buzzer, Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas wrapped themselves around a very emotional Magic Johnson, showing their respect for a man who had faced so much adversity over the previous few months.

  1. 1997 NBA All-Star Game – Feb. 9, 1997, at Cleveland

The NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary during the 1996-97 season, and the All-Star lineups boasted some of the league's all-time greatest stars. The Eastern Conference was led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls, while the West featured Gary Payton, John Stockton, Shawn Kemp, and Hakeem Olajuwon.

Glen Rice set an All-Star game record by scoring 20 points in a single quarter -- a remarkable achievement that earned him the title of MVP. Michael Jordan recorded the All-Star Game's first ever triple-double, while a young Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson both took part in the weekend's All-Star Rookie game.

The East would win the game 132-120 during a celebration of 50 years of the NBA. A spectacular halftime show showcased the 50 greatest players in NBA history with 47 in attendance for the celebration.

  1. 2003 NBA All-Star Game – Feb. 9, 2003, at Atlanta

The 2003 All-Star Game came with a farewell from Michael Jordan, who gave an emotional goodbye at halftime -- enough to bring a tear to any basketball fan's eye.

The game itself had its own outstanding battle between a young and hungry Kobe Bryant and the retiring legend Jordan. MJ hit a fadeaway jumper with five seconds to go in the game, putting the East up by three, but Kobe came back with a three-point attempt that drew a foul and eventually forced overtime.

The West won the game 155-145 in double-OT, as MVP Kevin Garnett scored 37 points.

Tracy McGrady finished atop the fan balloting for the 2003 East All-Stars, while Kobe picked up the most votes in the West.

  1. 1968 NBA All-Star Game – Jan. 23, 1968, at New York

The 1968 game deserves a spot on this list purely for its showcase of sensational talent-- one of the most impressive lists of NBA stars in history.

Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Lenny Wilkens, John Havlicek, Jerry West, Willis Reed, Sam Jones, Elgin Baylor, and Dave Bing all took part in the game that night at Madison Square Garden.

Hal Greer was voted the MVP, but Havlicek was the difference-maker in the East’s 144-124 victory. His standout performance included a game-high 26 points to go with five rebounds and four assists.

Based on assembled talent alone, the 1968 game marks one of the greatest NBA All-Star Games of all time.

  1. 2009 NBA All-Star Game – Feb. 15, 2009, at Phoenix

The 2009 NBA All-Star Game became famous for its reunion of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Many fans believed the two had fallen out after parting company fin the wake of a failed championship run with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004. The two both had strong personalities, and in the years that followed, their break-up was a popular topic around the NBA.

But in 2009, the two reunited for an exceptional All-Star Game performance. Kobe scored 27 points, and Shaq added 17 points and five rebounds in just 11 minutes of playing time. The West won in a landslide, 146-119, as Kobe and Shaq shared the MVP honors.

Their performance might have led to a lopsided win, but seeing Kobe and Shaq back together again made the 2009 game one of the best NBA All-Star Games in recent history.

  1. 1988 NBA All-Star Game – Feb. 7, 1988, at Chicago

One of Michael Jordan’s highlight performances came in the 1988 All-Star Game, when he once again showed that he was the very best the league had to offer. Jordan, who had won the slam-dunk contest the night before, led the East to a 138-133 victory in the All-Star game.

MJ scored a game-high 40 points on the night and claimed All-Star MVP honors during one of the most impressive seasons put together by any player in NBA history.

In 1987-88, Jordan won the NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards, while averaging 35 points per game. The All-Star Game was just another showing of Jordan’s dominance during the prime of his career.

  1. 2020 NBA All-Star Game – Feb. 16, 2020, at Chicago

The 2020 All-Star Game came shortly after the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, and the NBA did everything in could to honor Kobe in that game.

The format was altered, with the score resetting at the end of each quarter. The 24-second shot clock was turned off in the fourth quarter, which became a race to 24 points in honor of Kobe’s jersey number. Team LeBron members all wore jersey No. 2 -- Gianna Bryant’s number, while Team Giannis all wore her father’s No. 24.

It was an emotional day, with tributes to the Lakers star throughout the weekend. The NBA renamed its All-Star MVP award the Kobe Bryant Most Valuable Player award, and Kawhi Leonard became the first to win it.

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