Preview: NBA All-Star Weekend G-League Next Gem Game
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Some of the brightest stars of the future will put on a show during the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities in the inaugural NBA G League Next Gem Game. 

The contest featuring the NBA G-League Ignite taking on the Cleveland Charge will pay tribute to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary season by highlighting the G League’s next generation of talent.

Ignite vs Charge

Tre Scott and Malik Newman, who have both received NBA call-ups with the Cavaliers this season, will headline the Charge's squad for the game. 

Ignite’s roster includes five players training toward the 2022 NBA Draft, including a pair of ESPN Top 10 recruits from the class of 2021 in Jaden Hardy (No. 2) and Michael Foster Jr. (No. 7), plus MarJon Beauchamp and top international stars Dyson Daniels and Fanbo Zeng.

The game will be played from the Charge’s home arena, the Wolstein Center, on Sunday, February 20 at 2 p.m. ET and will be televised nationally on NBATV.

NBA G-League President speaks

“As basketball fans turn their attention to Cleveland for All-Star 2022 to celebrate the game’s most-prized jewels, we’re thrilled that they’ll also be able to discover some of the world’s most radiant young players in this first-ever Next Gem game,” said NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

During the All-Star Weekend festivities, four players of the G-League Ignite squad will also compete in the 2022 Clorox Rising Stars Game for the first time in history.

The G-League Ignite squad was created to play exhibition games outside the G League's traditional scheduling. The goal of this program was to develop elite prospects for one year. 

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