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Utah to host 2023 NBA All-Star game

NBA All-Star Saturday Night - Slam Dunk Contest

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Donovan Mitchel #45 of the Utah Jazz wins the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, as part of All-Star Weekend at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 17, 2018. (Photo by Philip Pacheco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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The Jazz have been central to the NBA discussion for decades.

They’ve reached 52 playoff series since the league adopted a 16-team postseason in 1984 – tied for fifth-most behind the Lakers (78), Spurs (69), Celtics (60) and Bulls (55). A trendy title pick this season, Utah could break a tie with the Pistons and maybe even match or surpass Chicago. Donovan Mitchell (No. 8 on our list of 50 best players in 5 years) and Rudy Gobert (No. 32 on our list of 50 best players in 5 years) should keep the Jazz competitive for years to come.

Now, Utah will have yet another entry to the forefront of the NBA conversation.

Utah will host the 2023 NBA All-Star game.

In a vacuum, Utah is a fine-enough place to hold All-Star weekend. Salt Lake City also hosted the event in 1993.

But a big drawback is magnified by the upcoming All-Star schedule. The mid-winter weekend is headed to yet another cold-weather city:

  • 2020: Chicago
  • 2021: Indianapolis
  • 2022: Cleveland
  • 2023: Salt Lake City

All-Star weekend usually has a festive vibe. That’s difficult to achieve if everyone is freezing.