NBA All-Star Weekend 2019: Dates, TV Schedule, Event Info and Preview

Dallas Mavericks' Dennis Smith Jr. competes in the NBA All-Star basketball slam dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, Pool)

Chris Pizzello/Associated Press

Calling all rim-rockers, net-shredders and ball-handling magicians—your ultimate showcase, also known as NBA All-Star Weekend, is almost upon us.

From Friday through Sunday, the Association’s biggest names, flashiest finishers and most intriguing up-and-comers will turn Buzz City into a near-continuous basketball showcase.

After laying out the pertinent scheduling information below, we’ll spotlight some of the best events on the docket.

                  

2019 NBA All-Star Weekend

Friday, Feb. 15

5 p.m.* Hall of Fame Announcement on NBA TV

7 p.m. NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on ESPN

9 p.m. MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars on TNT

               

Saturday, Feb. 16

8 p.m. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on TNT

  • Taco Bell Skills Challenge (first event)
  • Three-Point Contest (second event)
  • AT&T Slam Dunk (third event)

                 

Sunday, Feb. 17

8 p.m. 68th NBA All-Star Game on TNT and TBS (coverage begins at 7 p.m.)

*All times Eastern (ET)

                  

Rising Stars Challenge

Tomorrow’s All-Star lineups will be populated by today’s rising stars. That feels as true for the 2019 version of this event as ever.

Ben Simmons, the reigning Rookie of the Year, is pulling double-duty as a Rising Star and full-fledged All-Star. Luka Doncic nearly did the same, only as a true freshman.

If you want evidence that basketball’s future is in tremendous hands, look no further than these rosters.

John Collins and De’Aaron Fox had the numbers to warrant All-Star consideration this season. Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and Lauri Markkanen are already established as building blocks. Deandre Ayton is a walking double-double. Jaren Jackson Jr. is an unfair combination of size and skill.

This feels like a talent showcase history will remember fondly.

              

Slam Dunk Contest

Some will debate its place as the crown jewel of All-Star Weekend, especially with the least amount of star power among the three events.

But creativity keeps this a cut above in my book.

Is it astounding to see someone stripe five-plus threes in a row? Without question. Could your jaw drop after a flawless run through the skills challenge? You better believe it.

Still, the dunk contest is the one place where you can potentially see something you’ve never witnessed before. It’s also still the best display of this league’s explosive athleticism, imagination and undeniable swag.

Nothing holds an audience’s attention better than a delicious dunk, like Dennis Smith Jr.’s vicious 50-piece at least year’s event:

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