And the fields for All-Star Saturday Nights
Lebron was the overall leading vote-getter, so he got to select first. KD second. They have to select from the starters pool first, and then the reserves. Kevin Durant has been replaced as a starter, by Jayson Tatum. KD will still select the team though.
|Team Lebron||Team KD|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo||Joel Embiid|
|Stephen Curry||Ja Morant|
|Demar DeRozan||Jayson Tatum|
|Nikola Jokic||Trae Young|
|Luka Doncic||Devin Booker|
|Darius Garland||Karl Anthony-Towns|
|Chris Paul||Zach LaVine|
|Jimmy Butler||Dejounte Murray|
|Donovan Mitchell||Khris Middleton|
|Fred VanVleet||LaMelo Ball|
|James Harden||Rudy Gobert|
|Erik Spoelstra||Monty Williams|
I usually watch this every year, so I did once again. Even though I wish that they would just draft teams live right before the jump (like we do on the streets!), this was pretty darn entertaining.
No thanks to Kevin Durant, he was incredibly dull and flat as a pancake. Whenever he was asked a question by EJ or the gang, he was very abrupt. Also, why did he draft Jayson Tatum third? He didn’t need to draft Tatum, Tatum was his injury replacement. He could have picked Jokic instead!
LeBron and the crew had me laughing. All those (not so) subtle digs at James Harden were great.
Once again, it looks like LeBron has drafted the better team. My money will be on his team. I’d like to see Garland win MVP in his town, but I suspect it will be Giannis.
Three Point Contest
We have a full field of 8 this year. Awesome!
|Zach LaVine||CJ McCollum|
|Desmond Bane||Trae Young|
|Karl Anthony-Towns||Luke Kennard|
|Fred VanVleet||Patty Mills|
No Curry this year. My money is on Zach. This is his third straight year in the contest and he really, really wants to win one.
The Dunk Contest
These guys are all young and athletic. It’ll come down to creativity I think. Take your pick! I’m going with one of the “J’s”…maybe Jalen.
The Skills Contest
The format has changed this year and I’m actually really excited about it. I’m always excited about it. Three teams will participate in a series of drills that test shooting, passing, dribbling, and speed. One team will be eliminated in the first round, and the remaining two will have a half-court shooting competition to determine the winner.
Team Cavs: Jarret Allen, Darius Garland, and Evan Mobley
Team Antetokounmpo: Giannis, Thanasis and Alex
Team Rookie: Scottie Barnes, Cade Cunnigham, and Josh Giddey
This will be so much fun! I’m getting behind Team Cavs, but don’t sleep on the Rookies.
The Rising Stars Challenge
The Skills Contest isn’t the only event to see some changes take place. The Rising Stars now features four teams and will take place over 3 games, as opposed to just two teams in one game.
|TEAM BARRY||TEAM ISIAH|
|Dyson Daniels||Desmond Bane|
|Cade Cunningham||Precious Achiuwa|
|Evan Mobley||Saddiq Bey|
|Isaac Okoro||Anthony Edwards|
|Alperen Sengun||Tyrese Haliburton|
|Franz Wagner||Jaden Hardy|
|Jae’Sean Tate||Isaiah Stewart|
|TEAM PAYTON||TEAM WORTHY|
|LaMelo Ball||Cole Anthony|
|Scottie Barnes||Josh Giddey|
|Ayo Dosunmo||Jalen Green|
|Chris Duarte||Herbert Jones|
|Scoot Henderson||Tyrese Maxey|
|Jaden McDaniels||Jalen Suggs|
|Davion Mitchell||MarJon Beauchamp|
Wowee. There is a lot of young talent in this. It should be phenomenal. I really have no idea. Team Worthy.
I’m not even going to bother mentioning who is in the celebrity game. It’s the one thing I never bother to watch. Just once, I wish they’d get some real celebrities. We always have the coolest celebrities watching the NBA, surely some of them would like to play. I’m available. Still.