Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul named captains of new All-Star Saturday format

Chris Trotman

The two superstars will represent their conferences for a new Saturday night format repurposed for charity during the All-Star weekend.

The NBA has announced that Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers have been named captains for their respective conferences for the State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday night.

It's the same competitions as the past. NBA legends will team up with some current players and WNBA players in the Sears Shooting Stars game where they race to make shots from spots around the court. The Taco Bell Skills Challenge will put the league's best guards through a challenge of passing, speed, agility and shooting. And there's the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and the Sprite Slam Dunk contest, which are pretty self-explanatory.

The new thing about is that team will earn points that raise money for charity. It also decides which conference wins All-Star Saturday Night Champion. NBA Cares and State Farm will make a combined donation of $500,000, of which $350,000 will be donated to the winning conference's charity of choice. The Eastern Conference will play for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Make-A-Wish America, and the Western Conference will represent the Boys & Girls Club of America and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Wade, Paul, the NBA and State Farm came together to pick the charities.

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