The All-Star Weekend is the one time – besides the Olympic Games – you get to see the best players join forces. Harden with Curry and Durant versus Irving, James and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Get ready.East versus West
Okay, let’s start with the biggest name not named an all-star starter: Russell Westbrook. On track to record the most triple-doubles in a season, he has to take a place on the bench. The Western Conference is just that strong. But don't count the East out. With The King and the Greek Freak they have an unmatched athletic ability, completed by skilled guards Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan. Usually an all-offence, no-defence contest, this all-star game could easily top the highest score in All-Star Weekend history recorded last year. Our pick to win? The West.
One of the highlights of the weekend is the Slam Dunk Contest. After winning back-to-back titles, Zach LaVine is out this year. That makes Aaron Gordon, who took the no. 2 spot last year, the favourite. He’s competing against DeAndre Jordan, Derrick Jones Jr. and Glenn Robinson III. But before the dunking spectacle begins, the likes of Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving and Kyle Lowry participate in the 3-Point Contest. Maybe now more relevant than ever, the field is stacked with great outside shooters. Thompson defends his title, but will face stiff competition from Eric Gordon and CJ McCollum.
New Orleans offers a perfect backdrop for a legendary event. With scheduled performances by The Roots and John Legend, Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook playing on the same team again, and two all-star teams that have never been more talented, this weekend promises to be unforgettable.
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