Everything you need to know about the Pacers' All-Star involvements this weekend

The 2024 NBA All-Star Game will be littered with Indiana Pacers.
Indiana Pacers, Tyrese Haliburton, Bennedict Mathurin, Myles Turner, NBA All-Star Game
Indiana Pacers, Tyrese Haliburton, Bennedict Mathurin, Myles Turner, NBA All-Star Game / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages

Ladies and gentlemen, we finally made it! The 2024 NBA All-Star Weekend is finally upon us, and what a start it's been so far. Even before the festivities officially started on Friday, Indy pulled out all the stops to welcome fans from all around the world to the home of All-Star Weekend.

From hosting TNT NBA Tip-Off in Indiana to having all the legends of the past come out to give Indy their flowers, the stars were all out on Thursday.

Of course, with All-Star Weekend being in Indiana, there is certainly no shortage of Pacers representation in the coming few days, with Pacers plastered on all three days of All-Star Weekend.

To start off, the Rising Stars Challenge will be held on Friday, and the Pacers have not one but two players competing. Second-year guard Bennedict Mathurin will make his second appearance in the game, representing Team Jalen Rose, while rookie center Oscar Tshiebwe will make his Rising Stars debut, playing for fellow former Pacer Detlef Schrempf's team.

On Saturday, a familiar face will participate in a familiar event, as Tyrese Haliburton will seek redemption for his loss the previous year as he participates in the Starry 3-Point Contest for the second time in his career.

Despite tying Steph Curry's single-round record with 31 points in 2023, Haliburton eventually came up short to Damian Lillard, who will look to defend his crown in a possible reignition of the brewing Pacers/Bucks rivalry.

That's not even where the festivities stop for the Pacers on Saturday, as Indiana has a three-man team to compete in the All-Star Skills Challenge, consisting of Haliburton, Myles Turner, and Bennedict Mathurin.

For Turner, who was a dark horse All-Star candidate, it must feel good making it on All-Star Weekend in some way. However, this is not even the last of what he will be doing, as he will also be hosting a charity three-point event during the weekend, explaining how excited he is to be an ambassador for the city.

Despite already competing in two events, that is not the last of Tyrese Haliburton that we will be seeing during All-Star Weekend, as he will be starting in the Eastern Conference's point guard spot in the 2024 All-Star Game on Sunday, making him the first Pacers All-Star starter since Paul George in 2016 and perhaps the first Pacer ever to lead his position in voting, even getting more votes than Steph Curry.

As you can see, Indiana is very well represented for All-Star Weekend, with players representing the Pacers on all three days and Tyrese Haliburton himself making three events with Bennedict Mathurin trailing him with two events, and Myles Turner and Oscar Tshiebwe behind him with one event each. Notably absent from the list, however, is Pascal Siakam.

Unfortunately, due to playing for a losing Raptors team for the majority of the year, Siakam was not named an All-Star. However, he will most likely be involved in Indiana's All-Star festivities in some way or another.

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With the Pacers firmly into the playoff race, and Haliburton and company having the most media attention they've had in quite a while, All-Star Weekend will certainly be a great showing for Indiana as a whole and the Pacers, where they show that, despite being a small market, more attention should be placed on them. Enjoy the weekend, Indy.