2019 NBA All-Star Weekend | Stars Aligning In Charlotte

NBA All-Star weekend is here and there are tons of things to look forward to this year in Charlotte. 

While the actual game will take place this Sunday, February 17th, the festivities start tonight with the 2019 NBA Rising Stars Challenge. The league’s best rookies and second-year players will take the court in a U.S vs World format. 

Rising Stars Challenge USA vs World

The Rising Stars Challenge is sure to have plenty of highlights this year as it has in years past. It was in this very game back in 2014 where Dion Waiters and Tim Hardaway Jr. put on a show in one of the memorable moments in All-Star weekend history.

Team USA

Jarrett Allen (Brooklyn Nets)
Marvin Bagley III (Sacramento Kings)
Lonzo Ball (Los Angeles Lakers)
John Collins (Atlanta Hawks)
De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings)
Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies)
Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers)
Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)
Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks)

Team World

OG Anunoby (Toronto Raptors)
Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns)
Bogdan Bogdanovic (Sacramento Kings)
Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Los Angeles Clippers)
Rodions Kurucs (Brooklyn Nets)
Lauri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls)
Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Cedi Osman (Cleveland Cavaliers
Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)

Prediction: Team World

 

Skills Challenge

All eyes will be on the All-Star Saturday night with the Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest and the fan favorite, Slam Dunk Contest.

Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)
Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks)
De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings)
Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies)
Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers)
Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic)

Prediction: Luka Doncic

 

Three Point Contest

Things start to heat up with this year’s 3-point competition. The field is stacked with talent this year while Phoenix Suns star, Devin Booker, looks to repeat as champion after last year’s record setting performance.

 

Seth Curry (Portland Trail Blazers)
Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors)
Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)
Buddy Hield (Sacramento Kings)
Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets)
Danny Green, Toronto Raptors)
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns)
Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets)

Prediction: Kemba Walker

 

Slam Dunk Contest

Get your popcorn ready as everyone gathers around and hopes for fireworks. The slam dunk contest has had a bit of a resurgence in recent years but still has proven to be hit or miss. It will be interesting to see if these contestants have what it takes to bring the house down. 

Dennis Smith Jr. (New York Knicks)
Miles Bridges (Charlotte Hornets)
Hamidou Diallo (Oklahoma City Thunder)
John Collins (Atlanta Hawks)

Prediction: Dennis Smith Jr.

 

2019 NBA All-Star Game

With all the challenges and competitions out of the way, the true star power of NBA All-Star weekend will take place Sunday night, February 17th. The two captains for this years All-Star game are Lakers star, LeBron James, and the Bucks-Greek Freak, Giannas Antetokounmpo. The two players recently selected their squads in a playground style format and are ready to go Sunday night. If you are looking for a defensive matchup, you may want to change the channel or not even tune in at all. Both teams are loaded with talent so as expected, there will be plenty of highlight worthy moments just about every time they go up or down the court.

Team LeBron

Starters:

LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics)
Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors)
James Harden (Houston Rockets)

Reserves:

Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
Damian Lillard (Portland Trailblazers)
Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)
LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs)
Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat)

Team Giannis

Starters:

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors)
Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)
Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)

Reserves:

Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons)
D’Angelo Russell (Brooklyn Nets)
Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic)
Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)

Prediction: Team LeBron

Jeffrey Reitzes

Creative Director for DTLR | VILLA

February 15, 2019

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