NBA Celebrity All-Star Game 2022: Lineups, Final Score and MVP Predictions | Launderer’s report


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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

Team Walton

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

Team Nique

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

Preview, predictions

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:

Myles Garret @Flash_Garrett

You need a big guard @mcuban? 👀

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:

blonde @machinegunkelly

i can’t ride a unicycle

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


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