NBA All Star Weekend 2012 Schedule: Dates, Predictions and Event Info

Alex KayCorrespondent IFebruary 20, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics and the Eastern Conference goes up for a shot in the lane between Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers  and the Western Conference and Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs and the Western Conference in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The NBA All-Star Game is just around the corner, and the marquee battle between the best of the East and West isn't the only event worth watching.

It's a jam-packed weekend with plenty of exciting contests and NBA superstars. 

Keep reading to find out what's going on, where to watch it and who is involved.



Obviously, this event highlights the weekend. We will see the best players from the best teams going head to head in an exciting exhibition game. 


When: Sunday, February 26 at 8 p.m. EDT

Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL

Watch: TNT



Western Conference

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 19:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers adjusts his jersey during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on February 19, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Lakers 102-90. NOTE TO USER: User ex
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Chris Paul

Kobe Bryant

Kevin Durant

Blake Griffin

Andrew Bynum



PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 21:  LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives against Brendan Haywood #33 of the Dallas Mavericks in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2011 at the Rose Garden in
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LaMarcus Aldridge

Marc Gasol

Kevin Love

Steve Nash

Dirk Nowitzki

Tony Parker

Russell Westbrook



Scott Brooks


Eastern Conference

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 12:  Erik Spoelstra and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat converse against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 12, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or
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Derrick Rose

Dwyane Wade

LeBron James

Carmelo Anthony

Dwight Howard



BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 16:  Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics tries to take a shot as Nazr Mohammed #8 of the Oklahoma City Thunder defends on January 16, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees t
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Chris Bosh

Luol Deng

Roy Hibbert

Andre Iguodala 

Joe Johnson

Paul Pierce

Deron Williams



Tom Thibodeau



Both teams are stacked with talent, but the West has some of the greatest players in the game and a number of NBA Finals winners.

Look for this game to be close until the end, with either Kobe or Dirk hitting a big shot to win the game.



Shooting Stars Competition



Atlanta: Joe Johnson, Lindsey Harding, Steve Smith

Texas: Chandler Parsons, Sophia Young, Kenny Smith

Orlando: Jameer Nelson, Marie Ferdinand-Harris, Dennis Scott

New York: Landry Fields, Cappie Pondexter, Allan Houston



New York is going to take this. Landry, Allan and Cappie are just too good.

They are all great shooters and will not lose this competition.


Three-Point Contest



James Jones

Ryan Anderson

Mario Chalmers

Joe Johnson

Anthony Morrow

Kevin Love



Anthony Morrow is an absolute marksman from long range. He's made 44.2 percent of his shots from deep over his career and found a niche in this league as a sniper. 

Look for him to outshoot the competition easily in this contest. 


Slam Dunk Contest

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 27:  Forward LeBron James #6  of the Miami Heat reacts battles against Forward Chase Budinger #10 of the Houston Rockets  at American Airlines Arena on March 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agree
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Iman Shumpert

Chase Budinger

Paul George

Derrick Williams



Chase Budinger will throw down the nastiest dunk, but Iman Shumpert will win with the new format.

Fans vote and there is only one round, plus Shump has Jeremy Lin on his side. 

There's no way he loses unless he completely misses his jam.



Team Shaq

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Shaquille O'Neal promotes 'Shaq Uncut: My Untold Story' at the Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on November 15, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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Blake Griffin

Jeremy Lin

Ricky Rubio

Greg Monroe

Markieff Morris

Kemba Walker

Landry Fields

Norris Cole

Brandon Knight

Tristan Thompson



Ron Adams, Steve Kerr, Shaquille O'Neal


Team Chuck

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Former NBA players Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller, now both analyst for TNT, sit courtside during NBA All-Star Saturday night presented by State Farm at Staples Center on February 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  NO
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Kyrie Irving

DeMarcus Cousins

Paul George

Derrick Williams

MarShon Brooks

John Wall

Gordon Hayward

Tiago Splitter

Kawhi Leonard

Evan Turner



Maurice Cheeks, Mike Fratello, Charles Barkley



It's going to be an epic game, but Team Chuck will win because of one man; John Wall. 

He was spurned and selected after Kyrie Irving, Ricky Rubio and Jeremy Lin as a point guard.

Last year, he put up 22 assists in this game and absolutely dominated it, expect no less in this game.