Photographs, from left, show Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic, Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic, and New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson, hanging in the Vivint Arena during the transformation taking place inside the arena before the start of the NBA basketball All-Star weekend Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, in Salt Lake City. More than 60 players are making their way to Salt Lake City for All-Star weekend, some of them for the first time, one of them for the 19th time. And while some events will tout the league's future, many will be celebrating the past.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Team Giannis vs Team Lebron in 72nd Annual All-Star Game

The NBA’s best are assembling in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the 72nd Annual NBA All-Star Game. The game features a pick-up style draft right before tip-off.

All-Star Rosters

The leading vote getters in each conference, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, automatically suit up as captains and will have the ability to draft their own team ahead of Sunday’s game.

Since the original starters were announced, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Zion Williamson pulled out due to injury. Joel Embiid, Lauri Markkanen and Ja Morant were picked to replace them.

Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Nikola Jokic, Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum round out the remaining starters.

The reserves features a mix of familiar names and new ones. Most-improved player of the year candidate Tyrese Haliburton will make his first career all-star appearance

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lauri Markkanen and Jaren Jackson Jr. are also first time all-stars.

All-star game veterans include Damian Lillard, Paul George and DeMar DeRozan.

All-Star Draft

The NBA’s All-Star Game has followed several different formats over the past decade. With fan interest declining at the all-star game, the NBA has found creative ways to garner attention.

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will each draft a team from the players available. Starters received the most votes, so they will start the game no matter whose team they end up on.

After drafting starters, James and Antetokounmpo will fill out their respective rosters with the remaining reserves.

Game Format

Each quarter represents an entire game within itself. For quarters 1-3, the score will start at 0-0 and the teams will play for the entire 12 minutes.  Then, the fourth quarter is played to a target score by adding up the cumulative score of the leading team through three quarters and adding 24 points.

Both team’s will play to the target score from their respective cumulative totals.

The 72nd annual NBA All-Star game will tip-off at 8:30 p.m. on TNT.

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