The NBA announced on Tuesday afternoon the new format for the 2022 Clorox Rising Star Challenge which will be played on February 18 during the All-Star Weekend. This year, the rookies and sophomore players selected will be divided into four seven-players teams that will compete in a mini-tournament.
The NBA announced today a new format for the 2022 #CloroxRisingStars, which will be played on Friday, Feb. 18, airing at 9:00 PM ET on TNT. #NBAAllStar
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The pool of players will consist of 12 rookies and 12 second-year players as well as four young players from the G League Ignite. The coaching staffs, comprised of members of the 75th NBA anniversary team and the assistant coaches from the All-Star teams, will select six NBA players and one G-League player for the team.
The first two games will be played with a Final Target Score of 50 points and the final to 25 points. The scores combined celebrate the NBA 75th Anniversary.
In addition, we will have the Clorox Clutch Challenge after the second game finishes. Four NBA players and four G League Ignite players will be divided into four two-man teams and have to make shots from five locations that are tied to iconic shots made in the NBA Playoffs. The fastest team to make all five shots will win the challenge.
In recent years, the NBA has experimented with the Rising Stars game. First being Rookies vs Sophomores and then Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley as team captains and drafting their teams. Later we had Chris Webber vs Grant Hill in 2014.
Most recently, we had the players divided into Team USA vs Team World as talent from around the world has arrived to the league.
In seven editions, the record ended up in a tie with three wins to each team. The 2021 Rising Stars Game wasn’t played due to the COVID-19 pandemic.