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NBA All-Star Weekend is always packed with action, and it will be again this weekend when the big names arrive in Cleveland. Events such as the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest are sure to entertain, while the All-Star Game will top off the fun.
Before that happens, however, celebrities will take to the field and show off their skills.
The 2022 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will be the first event of the weekend to take place on Friday, and it will be played at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland State. The match, which will feature singers, rappers, actors, comedians and more, will air on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.
NBA legends Bill Walton and Dominique Wilkins are the coaches for the game. The ESPN show will also interview them and the players throughout the contest.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 All-Star Celebrity Game.
2022 All-Star Celebrity Match Lists
Jimmie Allen, singer-songwriter
Brittney Elena, Host/Actress/Athlete/Model
Machine Gun Kelly, singer-songwriter
Dearica Hamby, Las Vegas Aces forward
Noah Carlock, winner of the Fanatics All-In Challenge
Nyjah Houston, Olympian/skateboarder
Matt James, ABC’s “The Bachelor”
Quavo, rapper/recording artist
Ranveer Singh, actor
Alex Toussaint, platoon instructor
Anuel AA, rapper
Justin Bibb, Mayor of Cleveland
Kane Brown, singer-songwriter
Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns defensive end
Booby Gibson, former Cleveland Cavaliers guard
Tiffany Haddish, comedian/actress/author
Jack Harlow, rapper/recording artist
Harlem Globetrotters player Crissa Jackson
Anjali Ranadive, singer-songwriter
Gianmarco Tamberi, Olympic high jumper
It’s always fun to watch the All-Star Celebrity Game and find out which celebrities might be surprisingly good at basketball. And for some, it won’t be their first appearance at the event.
In fact, a former All-Star Celebrity Game MVP is participating in this year’s contest. Quavo, a member of rap trio Migos, was the game’s MVP of 2018. He scored 19 points while leading his team to a 75-66 victory.
This will be the fourth straight All-Star Celebrity Game appearance for Quavo, who competed every year from 2018 to 2020 – the game was not held in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. And he’s likely to have another strong performance at this year’s contest.
The only other celebrity with previous experience in the game is singer/songwriter Kane Brown, who competed in 2020. He and Quavo were on opposite teams that year, and will be again on Friday.
While most of these celebrities are making their in-game debut, there are several who look like early MVP contenders before the game.
In case you haven’t heard, rapper Jack Harlow has a friend in the NBA. His 2020 hit “Tyler Herro” was named after the Miami Heat guard, and in the song, Harlow said Herro was going to “fix my sweater.” We’ll see how good a job Herro did when Harlow adapted to Team Nique on Friday.
Another Team Nique member to watch is Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett. He’s 6-foot-4 and weighs 272 pounds, and he showed off his basketball skills last year on Twitter:
Quavo may be an MVP favorite, but he’s not the only celebrity on Team Walton who looks likely to have a strong showing. Don’t be surprised if Machine Gun Kelly uses his 6-foot-4 frame to pull off some rebounds and score points into the post.
It also looks like Machine Gun Kelly has been working out at the gym, as he retweeted video on Wednesday of him knocking down six consecutive three-pointers while wearing a Shawn Kemp Cavaliers jersey:
And we know MGK isn’t afraid to go all out at these types of events, given he hit an inside-the-park home run when he took part in the MLB Celebrity Softball Game in 2019 in Cleveland. So he could potentially do something equally impressive on the hardwood on Friday.
That’s why Machine Gun Kelly is the chosen MVP here for this year’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. He and Quavo are a strong duo that will be able to propel Team Walton to victory. Garrett can be tough to stop on the inside, but MGK and Quavo have the skills to match this attack.
Predictions: The Walton team wins 66-60; Machine Gun Kelly Wins MVP Title