International players take over the NBA All-Star Game


The 72nd NBA All-Star 2023 Game will take place in Salt Lake City on February 19, 2023. The event will be hosted at Vivint Arena by the Utah Jazz. After thirty years, since 1993, the NBA All-Star Weekend returns to Vivint Arena.

This year as well, the teams were elected through votes. Giannis and LeBron were named the captains, who will then have the liberty to choose their own team ahead of Sunday’s game.

Ja Morant, Lauri Markkanen, and Joel Embiid will be replacing Kevin Durant, Zion Williamson, and Anthony Davis, as the latter had to sit out the NBA All-Star 2023 game due to injury.

Lauri Markkanen, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Tyrese Haliburton, and Jaren Jackson Jr. will be making their debut all-star appearance.



The current coach of the Celtics will be the head coach for Team Giannis, and the Nuggets coach, Malone, will be coaching Team LeBron.

For the first time, the NBA All-Star Draft will be played before the NBA All-Star Game.

As the NBA gains popularity globally this year, the game expands, with 25 international players from 17 countries joining this weekend.


International starters joining the 72nd NBA All-Star Game:

Luka Doncic Dallas Mavericks  Slovenia
Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers  Cameroon
Kyrie Irving Mavericks  Australia
Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets  Serbia 
Lauri Markkanen Utah Jazz  Finland
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander            Oklahoma City Thunder                     Canada
Domantas Sabonis Sacramento Kings  Lithuania
Pascal Siakam  Toronto Raptors  Cameroon


Jordan Rising Stars players:

Sidy Cissoko NBA G League Ignite  France
Josh Giddey Thunder    Australia
Mojave King NBA G League Ignite                      Australia
Bennedict Mathurin Indiana Pacers     Canada/Haiti 
Leonard Miller       NBA G League Ignite                 Canada
Andrew Nembhard                   Pacers  Canada
Alperen Sengun Houston Rockets  Turkey
Jeremy Sochan San Antonio Spurs        UK/Poland
Franz Wagner Orlando Magic  Germany


The STARRY 3-Point Contest players:

Lauri Markkanen Utah Jazz  Finland
Buddy Hield Pacers  Bahamas


The Kia Skills Challenge players:

Giannis Antetokounmpo Bucks  Greece  / Nigeria  
Thanasis Antetokounmpo               Bucks                 Greece  / Nigeria  
Alex Antetokounmpo Wisconsin Herd               Greece  / Nigeria


The NBA G League Next Up Game:

Charles Bassey Austin Spurs  Nigeria
Sidy Cissoko                      NBA G League Ignite                          France
Mojave King NBA G League Ignite  Australia
Leonard Miller  NBA G League Ignite  Canada
Neemias Queta Stockton Kings  Portugal
Babacar Sane NBA G League Ignite  Senegal
Gui Santos  Santa Cruz Warriors  Brazil