The 2022 NBA All-Star Game is coming to Cleveland, and it will once again feature the biggest stars in professional basketball. The starting grids and captains for the game were revealed during an NBA on TNT broadcast, and a number of familiar faces will once again take center stage when the All-Star Game begins at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Sunday, February 20.
The starters for the NBA All-Star Game are determined by a distribution of votes between the fans (50 percent), media (25 percent) and players (25 percent). There will be five starters from the East and five starters from the West, but the teams will no longer be assembled along the conference lines. Instead, the best individual voters, as determined by the fans in each conference, are named captains and their teams are named after them.
The captains then select their teammates one at a time, with the option to choose from either conference. The captain with the most votes gets first choice. Last year’s captains were LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The All-Star draft will be broadcast on TNT on February 10, after the All-Star reserves were announced on February 3.
Here are the 10 players entering the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.
LeBron James, Captain, Los Angeles Lakers: James turned 37 this season, but he is still one of the best players in the NBA. LeBron had to become more of a goalscorer this season due to the Lakers’ entrenched problems, and he responded by scoring 29.1 points per game on 52 percent shooting from the field. LA has been a disappointment all season, mostly due to Anthony Davis’ injuries and Russell Westbrook’s cold shots, but James remains as consistent as ever on the floor. How long can he keep doing this? This is LeBron’s 18th consecutive All-Star appearance in the 19th season of his career. James is 4-0 as the captain in the All-Star Game.
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets: The reigning MVP, Jokic has been something of a one-man show for the Denver Nuggets this season due to injuries to top teammates Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. It’s a shame because Jokic is arguably the best player in the world and simply doesn’t. I don’t have the help to compete deep into the playoffs. Jokic is as good this year as he was during his MVP campaign last season. Keep your eyes peeled for his signature highlight reel passes during the main event.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors: The Golden State Warriors look like a championship contender again and Curry remains as dazzling as ever. Curry set the league’s all-time three-point record this year and is considered the frontrunner to win MVP for most of the season. However, a recent shooting has put a dent in Curry’s percentages (he’s dropped to 37.3 percent from deep) and possibly his MVP chances. Regardless, Steph remains arguably the greatest show in the sport. It’s always nice to see him in the All-Star Game.
Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors: Wiggins is the biggest surprise name to start the All-Star Game. Wiggins was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and it feels like he’s finally living up to his potential. Curry and Draymond Green remain much more important to the Warriors’ success, but Wiggins deserves credit for becoming more efficient as a goalscorer. Wiggins averages 18 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the three-point range.
yes morant, Memphis Grizzlies: The Grizzlies are the biggest surprise team in the West and 22-year-old Morant has been the catalyst for everything they do. He delivers more than 25 points and nearly seven assists a night, and he did it on thrilling drives and aerial acrobatics around the rim. Memphis made a big run of profit when Morant was injured earlier this year, but there’s no question that he is the leader of the Griz and one of the best young talents in the game.
Kevin Durant, Captain, Brooklyn nets: Durant currently has a sprained MCL in his left knee which has been given a 4-6 week timeline on January 15th. If KD is healthy at the front of that timeline, he could play in the All-Star Game, but it’s probably safer to assume he won’t. Durant was named an All-Star captain last year despite being out of the game due to injury, and continued to fulfill his duties as captain. By now you know that there is no better scorer in the league than KD: He currently leads the NBA with 29.3 points per game.
DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls: DeRozan was the biggest reason the Chicago Bulls went from a laughing stock to a contender in the Eastern Conference. He has been in crunch time for the Bulls, using his deadly mid-range scorer to help the Bulls win close games consistently. Chicago’s lineup has been shattered all season, but DeRozan’s reliable attack was the team’s only constant throughout their shockingly good season. This will be the fifth All-Star Game in DeRozan’s career and the third time he is a starter.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks: The Greek Freak is arguably the worst man in the NBA right now. Antetokounmpo just led the Milwaukee Bucks to their first championship since 1971 by dropping a 50-point masterpiece to the Phoenix Suns in the title-winning Game 6. He already had two MVP trophies on his mantelpiece when he was 27 years old, and he would be third this year. Antetokounmpo really personifies everything that is great about the sport, and his sixth All-Star roster is just another point in what is to become an all-time career.
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers: Embiid finished second to MVP last season and he has an even better season this year. Despite top team-mate Ben Simmons holding out as he demands a trade, Embiid has kept the Sixers competitive in the Eastern Conference while delivering a dominant campaign. He currently averages 29 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game while playing elite defense and knocking down threes with a 38 percent career. This could be the year the 27-year-old MVP wins.
bring young, Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young went from a rising star to a certified superstar in last year’s playoffs as he led his Atlanta Hawks to the conference finals on a charmed run. The Hawks have been one of the biggest disappointments in the league this season, but Young continued his stellar individual game. He currently averages 27.7 points and 9.3 assists per game, which places him in the top five of both categories.
When will the NBA All-Star reserves for 2022 be announced?
All-Star reserves will be announced on February 3.
When is the 2022 NBA All-Star Game?
The NBA All-Star Game begins on Sunday, February 20 in Cleveland, Ohio at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.