All-Star Weekend 2024: everything prepared for the big NBA show

This year's edition will be held at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The All-Star Game, the most anticipated show.

Everything is now ready for the celebration of the NBA All-Star Weekend 2024, which will begin this Friday and conclude on Sunday. Fans of the best basketball league on the planet will be excited by all the sporting spectacles that will take place this weekend, such as the Dunk Contest, the Three-Point Contest, the Rising Stars Challenge and the most relevant exhibition of all, the All-Star Game. The Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, home of the Indiana Pacers, is the venue chosen for this macro basketball event, with capacity for around 14,400 people. In addition, millions of spectators are expected to watch it on television and optimism high that there will be a reversal of last year's poor numbers.

The All-Star Game is one of the most anticipated dates by all NBA fans each year, behind the Playoffs and, probably also, the Draft. This year comes with something new: the game recovers its original format, that is, the classic duel between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver - who celebrated ten years in office a few days ago - justified this decision with the objective of "returning to basketball." What will remain will be the issue of financial profits, which will continue to be allocated to charitable causes.

Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis

The captains are again the same as in the previous edition: LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) will lead the West and Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) will lead the East. What does vary are the remaining 22 players who will play in the All-Star Game.

King James will be accompanied by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder), Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks), Kevin Durant (Phoenix Suns), Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves), Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers), Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers), Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers) and the Dominican Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves), being the only Hispanic representative.

For his part, Antetokounmpo will have partners on the floor: Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers), Damian Lillard (Milwaukee Bucks), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics), Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), Donovan Mitchell (Cleveland Cavaliers), Jalen Brunson (New York Knicks), Tyrese Maxey (Philadelphia 76ers), Paolo Banchero (Orlando Magic), Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks) and Scott Barnes (Toronto Raptors). These two will replace Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) and Julius Randle (New York Knicks), who are unavailable due to injury.

Famous people, young people, skills, dunks and triples at the All-Star Weekend

Apart from the All-Star Game, fans will enjoy the other shows that the All-Star Weekend offers us. On Friday the Rising Stars Challenges will be held, where rookies (first-year players), sophomores (second-year players) and basketball players from the G League, the NBA's development league, will participate, divided into four teams. One of the coaches will be the former Spanish player Pau Gasol. On this date the Celebrity Game will also take place, where we will see different celebrities in action such as the Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Anuel AA.

On Saturday we will see Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), Jaime Jaquez, Jr. (Miami Heat), Jacob Toppin (New York Knicks) and Mac McClung (Osceola Magic, NBA G League) hanging from the hoop in the Dunk Contest.

From the perimeter, Malik Beasley (Milwaukee Bucks), Jalen Brunson (New York Knicks), Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers), Damian Lillard (Milwaukee Bucks), Lauri Markkanen (Utah Jazz), Donovan Mitchell (Cleveland Cavaliers), Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks) will try to win the Three-Point Contest. This year brings something new, and it is the Three-Point Contest between an NBA and WNBA player. The men's category will be represented by Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), while Sabrina Ionescu (New York Liberty) will be the women's delegate.

Finally, the Skills Contest It will be made up of three teams: the first includes Tyrese Haliburton, Bennedict Mathurin and Myles Turner (all three are Indiana Pacers players); the second are Paolo Banchero (Orlando Magic), Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Victor Wembanyama (San Antonio Spurs); and in third are Scottie Barnes (Toronto Raptors), Tyrese Maxey (Philadelphia 76ers) and Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks). A spectacular show is guaranteed.