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NBA All-Star Weekend Preview

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NBA’s 2020 All-Star weekend begins tonight with the Rising Stars game which showcases the league’s young talent & future superstars, then comes the Saturday Night Showcase with the Skills, 3-point & Slam-Dunk competitions, which leads into the All-Star game, Sunday evening.

Here’s a breakdown of each event…

Rising Stars Game

Team World :

Back-court – Luka Doncic, RJ Barrett, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Svi Mykhailiuk, Nick Alexander-Walker, Josh Okogie

Front-court – DeAndre Ayton, Brandon Clarke, Rui Hachimura, Moritz Wagner

Team USA :

Back-court – Trae Young, Ja Morant, Kendrick Nunn, Devonte Graham, Tyler Herro, Miles Bridges

Front-court – Zion Williamson, Jaren Jackson Jr, Wendell Carter Jr, PJ Washington, Eric Paschall

What to Watch For – The battle for MVP between Luka Doncic, Zion Williamson, Trae Young & Ja Morant.

Taco Bell Skills Challenge

Competitors :

Guard – Patrick Beverley (Clippers)

Guard – Spencer Dinwiddie (Nets)

Guard – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Thunder)

Guard – Khris Middleton (Bucks)

Forward – Jayson Tatum (Celtics) *Defending Champion*

Forward – Domantas Sabonis (Pacers)

Forward – Pascal Siakam (Raptors)

Center – Bam Adebayo (Heat)

What to Watch For – With three former winners of the event in the field (Tatum, Dinwiddie, Beverley) will we have a repeat winner or crown a brand-new champion?

Mountain Dew 3-point Contest

Contestants :

Guard – Damian Lillard (Trail Blazers)

Guard – Trae Young (Hawks)

Guard – Zach LaVine (Bulls)

Guard – Buddy Hield (Kings)

Guard – Joe Harris (Nets)

Guard – Duncan Robinson (Heat)

Guard – Devonte Graham (Hornets)

Forward – Davis Bertans (Wizards)

What to Watch For – With usual suspects Steph Curry & Klay Thompson on the mend, who will become NBA’s next 3-point King?

AT&T Slam Dunk Contest

Competitors :

Guard – Derrick Jones Jr (Heat)

Guard – Pat Connaughton (Bucks)

Forward – Aaron Gordon (Magic)

Center – Dwight Howard (Lakers)

What to Watch For – Aaron Gordon was involved in one of the best duels in Dunk Contest history in 2016 against Zach LaVine & came up just short, much to the fans dismay. He looks for revenge, Saturday night when he takes on 2008 champion Dwight Howard & fellow high-flyers Pat Connaughton & Derrick Jones Jr.

2020 NBA All-Star Game

Team LeBron :

Starters – Luka Doncic, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Anthony Davis

Bench – Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Ben Simmons, Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum, Domantas Sabonis, Nikola Jokic

Team Giannis :

Starters – Kemba Walker, Trae Young, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Pascal Siakam, Joel Embiid

Bench – Kyle Lowry, Donovan Mitchell, Jimmy Butler, Khris Middleton, Brandon Ingram, Bam Adebayo, Rudy Gobert

What to Watch For – Will LeBron show-out & have the ultimate “Kobe” game & outclass the rest of the field as a final tribute to one of his closest friends or will a dark-horse come out & put himself even more on the map by taking the weekend by storm on the weekend’s biggest stage?

All-Star weekend 2020 has all the makings of being one of the best in history & we can’t wait for all of the weekend’s events.

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