- For the first time in 1996, the rookies were distributed by Conference (East – West).
- East point guard Damon Stoudamire was named MVP, leading his team to the victory.
- The best scorer played again in the loser team. This time it was Joe Smith. In the West, Arvydas Sabonis played and with 31 years became the oldest rookie in the history of the NBA All-Star Event). He scored 8 points and made 3 rebounds in only 4 minutes.
- Coaches: Bob Lanier (Team EAST) and Doug Moe (Team WEST)
- MVP: Damon Stoudamire (Team EAST)
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