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NBA unveils format change to Rising Stars event

/ 08:34 PM January 26, 2022
Brandon Clarke #15 of the World team wins the opening tip against the USA at the United Center on February 14, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois

Brandon Clarke #15 of the World team wins the opening tip against the USA at the United Center on February 14, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.  Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

The NBA on Tuesday announced a change to its Rising Stars competition during All-Star weekend, unveiling its plan to make it a three-game tournament.

The event, which will take place on Feb. 18 in Cleveland, will feature four teams of seven players out of a pool of 12 rookies, 12 sophomores and four G League Ignite players squaring off in the mini-tournament. The new format replaces Team World vs. Team USA and rookies vs. sophomores before that.

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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 squad will be coached by a member of the NBA 75 team who will draft his squad ahead of the event. Each team will have an Ignite player on it.

Each game will be played to a final target score instead of dictated by the clock. Games 1 and 2 will be played until a team reaches 50 points. The winners of those games will meet in Game 3 and the contest will be played until a team reaches 25 points – 75 points in all to celebrate the league’s 75th anniversary season.

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