The 2022 NBA All-Star Game is coming to Cleveland, and it will again feature the biggest stars in professional basketball. The starting lineups and captains for the game were revealed during an NBA on TNT broadcast, and some familiar faces will again be front and center when the All-Star Game tips off on Sunday, Feb. 20 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
The starters for the NBA All-Star Game are determined by a vote split 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 are no longer put together down conference lines. Instead, the top individual vote-getters as determined by the fans in each conference will be named captains, and have their teams named after them.
The captains will then pick their teammates one-by-one, with the ability to choose from either conference. The captain with the most votes gets the first pick. Last year’s captains were LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The All-Star draft will be televised by TNT on Feb. 10, after the All-Star reserves are announced on Feb. 3.
Here are the 10 players will be starting the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.
LeBron James, captain, Los Angeles Lakers: James turned 37 years old this season, but he’s still one of the best players in the NBA. LeBron has had to become more of a scorer this season because of the Lakers’ deep-rooted issues, and he’s responded by putting up 29.1 points per game on 52 percent shooting from the field. LA has been a disappointment all season mostly because of Anthony Davis’ injuries and Russell Westbrook’s cold shooting, but James remains as consistent as ever on the floor. How long can he possibly keep doing this? This is LeBron’s 18th straight All-Star appearance in the 19th season of his career. James is 4-0 as a captain in the All-Star Game.
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets: The reigning MVP, Jokic is something of a one-man show for the Denver Nuggets this season because of injuries to top teammates Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. It’s too bad, because Jokic may be the best player in the…