The 2021 NBA All-Star Game is finally happening after the league announced their plans to carry out the event next March 7, a date originally expected to serve as vacations for the players that will have to travel to Atlanta to take part in the big game. 

Amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, the NBA had to make a lot of adjustments to keep everybody safe in Atlanta when the big event happens. There won’t be a three-day event and everything will happen on the same day. 

This game has always created controversy when the All-Stars are announced and this year it wasn’t the exception. The All-Star starters received a couple of bad comments because people considered some players were snubbed of the starting lineup for this match. In case your favorite player didn’t make the cut for the first group of stars, don’t worry, there are more chances for them to make it. Today, we’re going to take a look at how many players actually make it to the ASG every season and why it’s so important for a lot of players around the league.

How many players play in the NBA All-Star Game? 

Although this event is special, the rosters of the teams don't suffer major changes. Just like during the regular season, in total, we’ll see 24 players on the court. Each team will have 12 active players on the roster the day of the game, as it regularly happens. 

Five players, the starters, were selected by the fan, media, and players vote. The reserves are selected by head coaches around the league and the commissioner, in this case, Adam Silver, can select injury replacements if necessary, as it happened with Damian Lillard last season, who was replaced by Devin Booker.