NBA announces new format for Rising Stars on All-Star weekend in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Rising Stars challenge will look much different at NBA All-Star weekend in Cleveland next month.

On Tuesday, the NBA announced format changes to the event, which is scheduled to be played Friday, February 18 at the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University, mere blocks from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and in downtown Cleveland.

The league is dropping the traditional game featuring rookies and sophomores or Team World and Team USA in favor of a four team, three game mini tournament.

Here’s how the new format will work according to the announcement made by the NBA Tuesday.

A pool of 28 players — 12 NBA rookies and 12 NBA sophomores, plus four NBA G League Ignite players — will be broken down into four teams.
The pool of NBA players will be chosen by NBA assistant coaches. The pool of Ignite players will be chosen by NBA G League head coaches.

Each team will be coached by a member of the NBA 75 team and assistant coaches from the 2022 All-Star Game, who will draft their squad on an earlier date prior to the tournament. There will be one NBA G League Ignite player on each team.

Each game will be played to a Final Target Score, meaning that a game will end with a made basket or a made free throw instead of with the clock running out. It will be a “Race to 75” to celebrate the league’s 75th anniversary season — Games 1 and 2 will be played until a team reaches 50 points; Game 3 will be played until a team reaches 25 points.

In addition to the mini tournament, a timed shooting competition called the Clorox Clutch Challenge will take place between Games 2 and 3 of the Clorox Rising Stars mini tournament.  A total of eight NBA and NBA G League Ignite players will be divided into four teams of two and compete to make shots from five locations on the court tied to iconic shots made in the NBA Playoffs.

Each team will compete with one shared ball and its players must alternate shots so no player shoots two times consecutively.  Team 1 is given 1 minute and 30 seconds (1:30 counting down) to make a shot from each of the five locations in any order. Team 1’s time is then the marker for Team 2.  If Team 1’s time is 1:15, then Team 2 will have a 1:15 countdown clock to complete the competition.  Each team that establishes a new standard sets the clock for the next team competing, and the fastest finisher will win the Clorox Clutch Challenge.