The NBA All-Star Reserves have been released and former Blue Devils Brandon Ingram and Jayson Tatum have been named 2020 All-Stars.
They join Carlos Boozer, Elton Brand, Luol Deng, Grant Hill, Kyrie Irving, Christian Laettner, Jack Marin, and Jeff Mullins as Duke alumni who have been selected as All-Stars.
On Thurs. Feb. 6th at 7pm on TNT, team captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo draft the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference. They will make selections no matter a player’s conference affiliation or position.
This year’s game format will be designed enhance competition and to honor the late Kobe Bryant:
The changes include a new fourth-quarter format that will honor the late Kobe Bryant, who earned 18 NBA All-Star selections and a record-tying four NBA All-Star Game MVP awards. Additional plans to honor Bryant during NBA All-Star 2020 in Chicago will be announced at a later date.
In the 69th NBA All-Star Game, Team Giannis and Team LeBron will compete to win each of the first three quarters, all of which will start with the score of 0-0 and will be 12 minutes long. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the game clock will be turned off and a Final Target Score will be set.
The Final Target Score will be determined by taking the leading team’s total cumulative score through three quarters and adding 24 points – the 24 representing Bryant’s jersey number for the final 10 seasons of his NBA career. The teams will then play an untimed fourth quarter and the first team to reach the Final Target Score will win the NBA All-Star Game.
The 2020 All-Star Game will take place on Feb. 16th at 8pm ET on TNT.