As the NBA All-Star game approaches, let’s take a look at what exactly is going on during this action-packed weekend in Toronto.
We have the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night, which is always fun to watch (although I think the Rookie Challenge was better). My pick for that one is the United States Team.
Saturday night is a big one. The first event is the Skills Challenge, which for some reason the NBA is allowing big men to compete in. Probably to make up for their super flawed all-star voting system that has no big men starting. The participants are as follows: Emmanuel Mudiay, Demarcus Cousins, Draymond Green, Anthony Davis, Cj McCollum, Karl-Anthony Towns, Isaiah Thomas, and Jordan Clarkson. I am going to have to go with Isaiah Thomas as the winner. He has the quickness and skills, obviously, to win it.
The second event is the three-point shootout, which may be one for the record books this year. Here are the participants: Stephen Curry, James Harden, Klay Thompson, Khris Middleton, Kyle Lowry, JJ Redick, Chris Bosh, and Devin Booker. There could be multiple performances that could be very memorable. Normally, I would pick Steph right off the bat, because he is probably going to win. But where’s the fun in that? So I am going with JJ Redick to pull out the victory.
The last event is the slam dunk contest. The participants are: Andre Drummond, Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon, and Will Barton. The dunk contest has been pretty bad the past few years, with more props being used than actually trying to be creative with dunks. My pick is the defending champ Zach LaVine.
The last event on Sunday night is the all-star game itself. The West won last year, with Westbrook taking home the MVP. This year, I will go with the East, with hometown man Kyle Lowry taking home MVP.