Four major competitions make up the NBA All-Star Saturday Night Event: Shooting Stars, Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, and Dunk Contest.
Below is a run down of what you will find when you turn on your TV Saturday night
The Shooting Stars competition will be different than previous years, as this year’s All-Star festivities will have a different feel to it, as the NBA has adopted the NHL’s method of East vs. West. Thus, captains on each end have picked the rosters.
The teams in the Shooting Stars will not be from one city, but rather a random mix of current and former NBA players and a WNBA player.
Team Harden: James Harden (Houston Rockets), Tina Thompson (Seattle Storm), and Robert Horry
Team Westbrook: Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), and Sam Cassell
Team Bosh: Chris Bosh (Miami Heat), Swin Cash (Chicago Sky), and Dominique Wilkins
Team Lopez: Brook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Muggsy Bogues
Last year’s winners we’re Team New York: Allan Houston, Landry Fields, and Cappie Pondexter.
Next is the NBA Skills Challenge. Last year’s winner was the Spurs’ Tony Parker. He will look to defend his title this year:
West: Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), Jeremy Lin (Houston Rockets), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
East: Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons), Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers), Jeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks)
The talent looks to be overwhelming on the West side of things here.
2012’s Three Point Contest was won by the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love. He will not be competing this year (injury).
West: Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Hornets), Matt Bonner (San Antonio Spurs), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
East: Steve Novak (New York Knicks), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Paul George (Indiana Pacers)
Jeremy Evans will return to defend his 2012 title, looking to be the first to go back to back since “Kryptonate” Nate Robinson of the Knicks did so in 2009 and 2010.
West: Jeremy Evans (Utah Jazz), Eric Bledsoe (Los Angeles Clippers), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)
East: Gerald Green (Indiana Pacers), Terrence Ross (Toronto Raptors), James White (New York Knicks)
If you’re looking for a dark horse, make yourself aware of the Knicks’ 15th man:
They don’t call him “Flight” for nothing.