When Are All Stars Announced for the NBA Season?

The NBA season is well underway, and fans are wondering when all the stars will be announced. While some are obvious, others may be surprising. Here’s a look at when all the stars will be announced for the NBA season.

When Are All Stars Announced for the NBA Season?


The National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game is an annual exhibition game played by the best players from the Eastern and Western Conference of the NBA. Each conference’s team consists of 12 players, making it 24 in total. The All-Star Game was first Concepts introduced in 1951. Prior to that, there were All-Star Games played in the NBA’s predecessor league, the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The first official All-Star Game was held during the NBA’s third season, at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 20, 1951. Fans voted via write-in ballots to select the starting lineups for each team. Nowadays, starters are chosen by a combination of votes from fans, media members, and current players. Coaches vote to choose the reserves for each team, while selecting two guards, three frontcourt players and two players regardless of position. If a player is unable to participate due to injury or other reasons prior to the game, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver can select a replacement.

All-Star Voting

All-Star voting announced its return on Dec. 10, 2019. The leading vote-getters for each conference will be named the captains, and they will then draft their teams from the pool of 22 All-Stars. The All-Star Game will take place on Feb. 16, 2020, at the United Center in Chicago.

How All-Star Voting Works

The National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game is an annual exhibition game played by the best players in the NBA. The game is held during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, which takes place during the All-Star break in February.

Players are selected for the All-Star Game through a combination of fan voting, which makes up 50% of the vote, and media and player voting, each of which account for 25% of the final vote. Players who receive the most votes overall are named to the starting lineup for their respective conference. The remaining 14 players for each conference are then chosen by a vote among the head coaches of each team.

Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players, and must instead select two guards, three frontcourt players and two wildcard selections from any position. In total, 12 players from each conference are chosen to participate in the All-Star Game.

Voting for All-Star starters begins at the start of January and ends on Martin Luther King Day (the third Monday in January). Balloting for the head coaches’ selections begins immediately after starters are announced and ends on February 3rd, one day before rosters are set.

All-Star Voting Results

The All-Star Voting Results are in!

The starters for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game were announced on Thursday, January 23.

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will start in the frontcourt for the Western Conference, while Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks and James Harden of the Houston Rockets will start in the backcourt.

This is James’ seventeenth consecutive All-Star Game appearance, tying Kobe Bryant’s record for most All-Star appearances. For Antetokounmpo, it will be his third straight year starting in the All-Star Game.

In the Eastern Conference, Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics and Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors will start in the backcourt, while Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers and Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic will occupy the frontcourt spots.

This is Walker’s fourth All-Star Game appearance and second time being selected as a starter. For Siakam, it is his first All-Star Game appearance and first time starting.

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

All-Star Weekend

The All-Star game is an annual exhibition game played by the best players from the Eastern and Western Conferences of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The All-Star game was first played in 1951, and is usually held on the last Sunday in February. The All-Star game is a part of All-Star weekend, which also includes the Rising Stars Challenge, the 3-Point Shootout, and the Slam Dunk Contest.

All-Star Game

The All-Star Game is an annual exhibition game played by the best players from each of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) two conferences, Eastern and Western. Each conference team consists of 12 players, making it 24 in total. It is usually played on the last Sunday in February and is broadcast live on television throughout North America. The All-Star Game was first played in 1951.

All-Star Skills Challenge

The Skills Challenge is a competition that tests players in a variety of offensive and defensive skills. These skills include shooting, passing, dribbling and rebounding. Each player is given a certain amount of time to complete the course, and the player with the best time is declared the winner. The Skills Challenge has been held annually since 2003, and it typically takes place on the Saturday night of All-Star Weekend.

Since 2014, the Skills Challenge has been split into two separate competitions: one for big men and one for guards. This change was made in order to make the contest more fair and competitive. In the past, big men were at a disadvantage because they were not as quick or agile as the guards. The current format of the Skills Challenge features eight total participants: four guards and four big men.

Players are not allowed to compete in the Skills Challenge more than once, with the exception of Chris Paul, who won the contest three times in a row from 2013 to 2015. Other notable winners include Dwyane Wade, Steph Curry and Damian Lillard.

All-Star Three-Point Contest

The Annual Three-Point Contest, also known as the 3-Point Shootout, is an exciting event that takes place during the NBA All-Star Weekend. This event features some of the best shooters in the league competing to see who can make the most three-point shots in a given amount of time.

In order to be eligible to participate in the contest, players must have made at least two hundred three-point shots during the regular season prior to the All-Star break. The contest has been held every year since 1986, and it is always one of the most anticipated events of the weekend.

Players have one minute to shoot as many three-pointers as possible from five different spots around the arc. The player who makes the most shots wins the contest.


It is generally believed that the All-Star starters are announced first, then the reserves are announced a week or so later. However, the NBA has not yet released the full schedule for this year’s All-Star festivities, so we do not know for sure when the announcements will be made. Stay tuned to Basketball Insiders for all the latest news and information on the NBA All-Star Game.

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