By Norm Elrod

(CBS LA / CBS Local) – The NBA All-Star Weekend is on the calendar in mid-February of each year, about two-thirds of the regular season. It brings together the biggest stars of the League for a weekend of events celebrating basketball. And a lot of the festivities, from the Slam Dunk competition to the three-point competition, are worth following.

His conclusion marks the moment when the series and repechage races of the season move up a gear.

But do not take ahead of ourselves. Here are the highlights of the NBA All-Star Weekend.

Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber performs at the NBA All-Star Game 2018 Celebrity Game at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Justin Bieber (Photo credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / Getty Images)

NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7 pm ET

Let's look at celebrities, who are not known to play basketball, do it. Some players complete the lineup, so that the match continues and looks like the sport it is supposed to be. That's basically what the NBA celebrity game represents. It's a fun party, if not the best version of the game you'll see.

Recording artists Chris Daughtry, Rapsody and Bad Bunny are part of this year's programming; actors Mike Colter (Luke Cage), AJ Buckley (Seal Team) and Hasan Minhaj (Patriot Act with Hasan Minhajand athletes A'Ja Wilson (2018 WNBA Rookie of the Year), Ray Allen (Basketball Hall of Fame member) and Stefanie Dolson (WNBA Chicago Sky Center).

This is a good reminder that the benefits – even the table drivers – are better than the rest of us.

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Luka Doncic, No. 77 Dallas Mavericks, shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on January 19, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Luka Doncic (Photo credit: Andy Lyons / Getty Images)

Rising stars

Friday, February 15, 2019, 9 pm ET

The 25th edition of Rising Stars opposes US and world teams of 10 first and second year players. The talent on display certainly highlights the bright future of the NBA and the global success of basketball in general.

Alignments include last year's rookie and finalist, as well as this year's main candidate.

Here is the complete list of participants:

U.S. Team:

  • Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets
  • Marvin Bagley III, Kings of Sacramento
  • Lonzo Ball (injured), Los Angeles Lakers
  • John Collins, Atlanta Hawks
  • De'Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies
  • Kevin Knox, New York Knicks
  • Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
  • Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
  • Team World:

  • OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors
  • Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns
  • Bogdan Bogdanović, Kings of Sacramento
  • Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Los Angeles Clippers
  • Rodions Kurucs, Brooklyn Nets
  • Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls
  • Josh Okogie, the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Cedi Osman, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Jayson Tatum, No. 0 of the Boston Celtics, celebrates his victory after scoring against the Charlotte Hornets in the first half at TD Garden on January 30, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Jason Tatum (Photo credit: Maddie Meyer / Getty Images)

    Saturday night All-Star

    Saturday, February 16, 2019, the 8: 00 h 00

    Skills challenge

    Players with eight players meet in three rounds on a course including: dribbling, passing, agility and shooting. This does not always include the scramble, even if the players seem to be having fun.

    This year's challenge includes a good mix of veterans and recruits, stars and potential future stars. And maybe we'll finally see the Nikola Jokić-Trae Young hare-turtle match that the NBA world has been waiting for.

    Competency Challenge participants include:

  • Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies
  • Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks
  • De'Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
  • Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets
  • Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
  • Nikola Vučević, Orlando Magic
  • Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
  • Stephen Curry, No. 30 Golden State Warriors, celebrates victory after making a basket against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on January 28, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Steph Curry (Photo credit: Andy Lyons / Getty Images)

    Competition in three points

    In the 33rd edition of the three-point competition, the field was extended to 10. Each participant seeks to drain as many as possible of three pointers in one minute, moving from station to station around the three-point line. The first three come to the final round.

    Devin Booker returns to defend his title in the 2019 edition of the contest. Several Trail Blazers and several Currys will also be appearing, the older of them making all his midfield decisions, just so that everything is right. (Not really, but it would be fun, no?)

    Participants in the three-point contest include:

  • Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
  • Seth Curry, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Stephen Curry, warriors of the state of the gold
  • Danny Green, Toronto Raptors
  • Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets
  • Buddy Hield, Kings of Sacramento
  • Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
  • Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
  • Dennis Smith Jr., No. 1 of the Dallas Mavericks, competes in the 2018 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at the Staples Center on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

    Dennis Smith Jr. (Photo credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

    Slam Dunk Contest

    Returning to the historical battle of Dominique Wilkins-Michael Jordan in 1988, it is easy to understand why the Slam Dunk contest has long been a highlight of the NBA All-Star Weekend. Each of the four participants receives two dunks in the first round, scoring six to ten. The top two scorers qualify for the final round.

    Donovan Mitchell is the reigning champion, but will be competing this year to focus on the playoffs of his Jazz. However, Dennis Smith Jr., who is now a New York Knick and does not care about the playoffs, will be back for his second consecutive game.

    Here are the participants in this year's Slam Dunk contest:

  • Dennis Smith Jr., Knicks of New York
  • Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets
  • Hamidou Diallo, Thunder of Oklahoma City
  • John Collins, Atlanta Hawks
  • LeBron James, No. 23 of the Los Angeles Lakers, dribbles against the Boston Celtics in the second half at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts.

    LeBron James (Photo credit: Maddie Meyer / Getty Images)

    68th All-Star Game of the NBA

    Sunday, February 17, 2019, the 8: 00 h 00

    Last year, the NBA changed the game of stars. Abandoning the outdated East Conference versus Western Conference format, the league brought the game back to the playing field. The team captains – the most voted player of each conference – choose their players.

    This year, the NBA has targeted a camera rather than doing it in camera. LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee Bucks have drawn up their lists, and have even set up the first exchange in the history of the game of stars. Given their personalities, it is not surprising that the debates went well.

    Here are the lists:

    LeBron Team:


  • LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Kevin Durant, warriors of the state of the gold
  • Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
  • Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors
  • James Harden, Houston Rockets
  • reserves:

  • Anthony Davis, pelicans of New Orleans
  • Klay Thompson, warriors of the state of the gold
  • Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
  • LeMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs
  • Cities of Karl-Anthony, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
  • Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
  • Giannis team:


  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Stephen Curry, warriors of the state of the gold
  • Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Paul George, Thunder of Oklahoma City
  • Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
  • reserves:

  • Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets
  • Russell Westbrook, the Thunder of Oklahoma City
  • Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons
  • From Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets
  • Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic
  • Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
  • Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks