The NBA All-Star Game is a game held annually between the top players in the Western and Eastern Conferences of the National Basketball Association. The game is part of All-Star Weekend, held every February, which includes other exhibition activities such as the Rookie Challenge, Slam Dunk Contest, and Three-Point Shootout. The first NBA All-Star Game was held in 1951 in Boston, Massachusetts. The game gives fans the chance to see the best players in the NBA play together in a more relaxed atmosphere. The game is a celebration of basketball and sportsmanship and a real treat for any NBA fan. Check out our NBA All-Star Game Winners for a comprehensive list of previous games.
Players for the NBA All-Star Game are selected in two different ways. NBA fans choose the starters, and the reserves are chosen by coaches, though the coaches cannot vote for their own players. The All-Star teams are coached by the coaches from each conference with the best record through the second week in February. The location of the NBA All-Star Game and All-Star Weekend changes each year, rotating throughout the NBA, with one game also played in Las Vegas. This lets fans see a new NBA home arena each year and visit a new city to watch their basketball heroes compete. It’s a fun event that turns the entire city into NBA central, with activities for kids as well as fun parties for adults. Check out our NBA All-Star Game History page for more information. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for NBA All-Star Game tickets.
2016 NBA All-Star Game Preview
The 2015 NBA All-Star Game is headed to the Big Apple to bring some of the most talented basketball players in the league to it's most iconic venue; Madison Square Garden. As the votes roll in before the starters are announced on January 22, the front runners for the Eastern Conference include LeBron James, Pau Gasol, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, and John Wall. Other big names like Chris Bosh, Kyle Lowry, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love are keeping the voting close in the East but no team is representing the East quite like the Chicago Bulls. Though all 5 off the Bulls roster are unlikely to make the cut, Chicago will be highly represented in the All-Star Game with Pau Gasol (527,582 votes), Jimmy Butler (263,914 votes), Derrick Rose (240,092 votes), Joakim Noah (139,307 votes) and Nikola Mirotic (52,562 votes) all capturing votes this year.
On the other side of the court, the Western Conference is being led by Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis and James Harden. Golden State's Stephen Curry is by far the favorite in the West with 958,014 votes thus far trailing the league's leader, LeBron James, by just 13,285. With Kobe Bryant garnering enough votes (862,568 votes) to be the sure second in the West, Marc Gasol, Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant, and Chris Paul are still pushing to keep their names in the lineup.
Regardless of the cut, with the names that are already in the conversation it's certain that the 2015 NBA All-Star Game will be one of the best yet. Voting ends on January 19 so check back soon to see who made the cut and which starters will take the court at MSG as the East and West tip-off at 8:30PM for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 15, 2015.
Check out our NBA All-Star Game Preview History page for previews of previous NBA All-Star Games.
TicketCity at the NBA All-Star Game
Each year TicketCity has a local presence at the NBA All-Star Game, to assist our clients with ticket pickup and additional purchases. As the weekends' events draw near, our sales associates are available for personal assistance as needed. Therefore, clients have the option to purchase online or over the phone and pick up locally at the event.
- Friday, February 13 - NBA All-Star Celebrity Game (at Madison Square Garden)
- Saturday, February 14 - NBA Slam Dunk Competition (at Barclays Center)
- Sunday, February 15 - NBA All-Star Game (at Madison Square Garden)
NBA All-Star Game Event Guide
What event should I go to for the NBA All-Star weekend?
The Slam Dunk competition and All-Star Game are the two marquee events, and they’re both a lot of fun. The Slam Dunk competition gets crazier every year as the participants get more inventive. From Jordan’s jump from the free-throw line to Blake Griffin dunking over a car, there’s always a surprise. The game itself has plenty of dunks, and it’s always high-scoring, so pick whichever sounds more fun – or go to both if you’re able to. If you’re looking just to see some basketball and don’t have the budget for the bigger events, go see the Rising Stars Challenge at a fraction of the price. Check out our NBA All-Star Game Event Guide for more on the NBA All-Star Weekend.
What is the best time to get tickets to the NBA All-Star Game?
Sooner is usually better when it comes to these type of events, as prices tend to fluctuate in the weeks up to the game, and they are unpredictable. If you’re looking for a seat up close, buy way in advance to guarantee a good view of the action, as those tickets are in high demand every year.
How can I buy cheap NBA All-Star Game tickets?
TicketCity offers a large selection of NBA All-Star Game tickets which includes some of the lowest priced seats on the market. NBA All-Star Game ticket prices don’t fluctuate as much as regular games, and carry a big demand every year as the participants are always the best in the game of basketball. You’ll see all-stars and future hall of famers like Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and many, many more. The NBA All-Star Game is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and the whole weekend is an experience that will be unforgettable, so get tickets early to avoid the rush the month before the game.