The Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will round up an assortment of music stars and other famous ballers when the event helps to kick off NBA All-Star weekend on Friday, Feb. 13. Common, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler and more will play in this year’s star-studded showdown, which will air live on ESPN from New York’s Madison Square Garden at 7:00 pm ET.
Kevin Hart is also returning to the game after being named MVP three times, and the Wedding Ringer star will be joined by fellow actors Ansel Elgort (The Fault In Our Stars), Chadwick Boseman (42, Get On Up), Anthony Anderson (Blackish), Michael Rapaport, Abhishek Bachchan and Nick Cannon. Rounding out the lineup will be Little League superstar Mo’ne Davis, former NBA greats Allan Houston and Chris Mullin, paralympic star Blake Leeper, Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera, NBA TV host Kristen Ledlow, and WNBA stars Shoni Schimmel, Skylar Diggins and Tina Charles.
This will mark Butler’s first appearance in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, while Common is a veteran of the exhibition event. He will play one week before he and John Legend compete for best original song at the Academy Awards, with their Selma anthem “Glory.”
MAGIC!, who scored a No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 chart with “Rude,” is set to perform at halftime of the celebrity showdown, while singer/actress Keke Palmer will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Last month, it was announced that Ariana Grande and Christina Aguilera would be performing at the NBA All-Star Game, which will be held at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 15.