All-Star Saturday Night
When: Saturday, February 13, 7 p.m.
Skills Challenge Participants: Emmanuel Mudiay, DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green, Anthony Davis, C.J. McCollum, Karl-Anthony Towns, Isaiah Thomas, Jordan Clarkson
Talk about an interesting player pool. Traditionally, the skills challenge has only allowed for guards to partake since it's conception in 2003, but this year WE FINALLY GET BIG GUYS. And not just any big guys, but arguably the most talented, athletic big guys in the NBA to boot. Of all of the bigs, Draymond Green is the most likely to give the little guys all they can handle, but don't sleep on any of the other three. If I were a betting man, I'd put money down on either Green or Isaiah Thomas, but, like, Patrick Beverly won it last year, so really this is anyone's game.
Three-Point Contest Participants: Stephen Curry, James Harden, Klay Thompson, Khris Middleton, Kyle Lowry, J.J. Redick, Chris Bosh, Devin Booker
Now, I know what you're thinking. "Man, there's now way Steph Curry doesn't win this thing." And I get it. He's the best shooter in league history and he loves the limelight. *Extremely Michael Smith 30-for-30 voice* But what if I told you, not all three-point contests are won by the most obvious choice. Let's start with the fact that Curry won it last year and, you know, he's the best shooter the world has ever seen. What does he have to prove? Nothing. He's knows he could win this thing easily if he tried, but what is his motivation to try? And there's that fact that every other contestant has something to prove or some other motivating factor. James Harden? He wants to prove that he should've won the MVP last year. Klay Thompson? He wants to prove he's the better shooting Splash Bro. Khris Middleton? He wants more casual fans to know his name. Kyle Lowry? He has to show out to his home fans. J.J. Redick? He needs to make up for his performance last year, in which his foot was on the three-point line more often than it wasn't. Chris Bosh? He wants to win one for the all the big men out there! Devin Booker? He wants to prove he can perform with the big guys.
Oh, who am I kidding. There's no way Curry doesn't win this thing. But, you heard it here first, don't sleep on Middleton or Booker.
Dunk Contest Participants: Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon, Will Barton, Andre Drummond
This is the event that everyone has been waiting for: The Zach LaVine Show. LaVine will win this thing going away, but everyone will be waiting with baited breath to see what the young jumpman pulls out of his sleeve. Will he whip out the mythical free-throw-line-windmill-dunk? Who will give LaVine the biggest challenge? Will LaVine's dunk routine bring forth the inevitable the heat death of the universe? Only time will tell.