Clorox Rising Stars to feature mini-tournament format at 2022 NBA All-Star

Published January 26, 2022, 8:00 AMNBA.com Staff

Four teams of rookies, sophomores and G League Ignite players will face off in a 3-game tournament on Fri., Feb. 18 in Cleveland.

NBA All-Star 2022 Key Dates

  • Jan. 27: All-Star starters announced?
  • Feb. 3: All-Star reserves announced?
  • Feb. 8: State Farm All-Star Saturday Night participants announced?
  • Feb. 10: All-Star Draft?
  • Feb. 18-20: All-Star Weekend

The 2022 All-Star Clorox Rising Stars will feature an updated, mini-tournament format this year at All-Star weekend in Cleveland.

Instead of Team World vs. Team USA (and previously Rookies vs. Sophomores), this year’s Rising Stars will feature three games between four teams of rookies, sophomores, and — for the first time — players from NBA G League Ignite.

The event will be held on Friday, Feb. 18 (9 p.m. ET, TNT).

How It Works

• 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 squads 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.

Tournament Bracket

* Game 1: Team A vs. Team B

* Game 2: Team C vs. Team D

* Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2

Clorox Clutch Challenge

• In addition, a timed shooting competition called the Clorox Clutch Challenge will take place between Games 2 and 3 of Clorox Rising Stars. 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.


The rosters for the 2022 All-Star Clorox Rising Stars teams will be announced at a later date.