By Cayden Westgate
NBA All-Star weekend is right around the corner. Competitions like the three point contest, slam dunk contest, and the skills challenge, and following those events is the famous All-Star game. This year again, the two captains will be Lebron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
3-Point Contest Participants
- Davis Bertans, Washington Wizards power forward. Shooting 43.1% from three
- Devonte’ Graham, Charlotte Hornets point guard. Shooting 35.8% from three.
- Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets small forward. Shooting 42.2% from three.
- Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings shooting guard. Shooting 41% percent from three.
- Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls point guard/shooting guard. Shooting 37.6% from three.
- Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers point guard. Shooting 39.8% from three, but was replaced because of an injury by Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns shooting guard shooting 35% from three.
- Duncan Robinson, Miami Heats small forward/shooting guard. Shooting 43.9% from three.
- Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks point guard. Shooting 37.3% from three.
Buddy Hield won this contest but it was not very easy.
Slam Dunk Contest Participants
- Pat Connaughton, Milwakuee Bucks small forward/shooting guard.
- Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magics small forward/power forward.
- Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers power forward/center.
- Derrick Jones Jr., Miami Heats Small Forward/Power forward.
The outcome of this contest was very debatable
Skills Challenge Participants
- Derrick Rose, Detroit Pistons point guard.
- Patrick Beverly, Los Angeles Clippers point guard.
- Bam Adebayo, Miami Heats power forward/center.
- Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors power forward.
- Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics small forward/powerforward.
- Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers power forward/center.
- Spencer Dinwiddie, Broklyn Nets guard.
- Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks guard.
- Lebron James- captain
- Anthony Davis- forward-center
- James Harden-guard
- Kawhi Leonard-forward
- Luka Doncic-forward-guard
- Damian Lillard but replaced by Devin Booker-guard
- Chris Paul-guard
- Nikola Jokic-center
- Ben Simmons-guard-forward
- Jayson Tatum-forward-guard
- Domantas Sabonis-forward-center
- Russell Westbrook-guard
- Giannis Antetokounmpo-forward
- Joel Embiid-center-forward
- Pascal Siakam-forward
- Kemba Walker-guard
- Trae Young-guard
- Bam Adebayo-center-forward
- Brandon Ingram-forward
- Jimmy Butler-forward
- Rudy Gobert-center
- Donovan Mitchell-guard
- Kyle Lowry-guard
- Khris Middleton-forward
New Format to Honor Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi
Each of the four quarters will stand on their own and the fourth quarter won’t even have a clock. All to spice up the competition, add some intrigue, honor the memory of the late Kobe Bryant and most of all, get folks talking about it beyond the buzzer. The uniforms for Team LeBron and Team Giannis will be 24 and 2, representing the numbers that Kobe wore with the Lakers and his daughter Gigi wore for her travel team. The shot clock will illuminate when it hits 24 and 8, representing both jersey numbers worn by Kobe with the Lakers.