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It’s that time of the year again when the biggest NBA stars all come down to one city and enjoy in a weekend of festivities, good times and amazing basketball. It is All-Star time! This year, the players the media and the fans are all flocking to Toronto to celebrate the best that the NBA has to offer.
The first true event of the weekend is actually today when the All-Star Celebrity Game is going down at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. Once again, the head coaches will be the famous actor Kevin Hart and the Grammy Award-winning star Drake. The teams will feature celebrities and former NBA legends, as well as some WNBA players on both sides.
After the celebrity game, it will be time for the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, where the best players from the last two NBA Drafts will be battling it out on the court.
The U.S. Team will feature Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell of the Los Angeles Lakers, Zach LaVine and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rodney Hood of the Utah Jazz, Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, Jahlil Okafor of the Philladelphia 76ers, Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks, Elfrid Payton of the Orlando Magic and Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics.
Team World will feature Bojan Bogdanovic of the Brooklyn Nets, Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets, Mario Hezonja of the Orlando Magic, Nikola Jokic and Emmanuel Mudiay of the Denver Nuggets, Trey Lyles and Raul Neto of the Utah Jazz, Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks, Dwight Powell of the Dallas Mavericks and, of course, Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
On Saturday, as is traditional, we will be treated to three main events – the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and the Verizon Slam Dunk contest.
The participants in the skills challenge will be Emmanuel Mudiay, DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green, Anthony Davis, CJ McCollum, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jordan Clarkson and Isaiah Thomas.
The three-point contest will probably be better than ever before, with the following players showing off their sharpshooting skills – Stephen Curry, James Harden, Klay Thompson, Khris Middleton, Kyle Lowry, JJ Redick, Chris Bosh and Devin Booker.
The slam dunk contest is always the highlight of Saturday night and this year, we will be enjoying the high-flying antics of Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon, Will Barton and Andree Drummond.
Finally, on Sunday, we are going to be watching the main event, the NBA All-Star game. We have already written about who will be playing and since then, the only thing that has changed is that Pau Gasol will be replacing his teammate Jimmy Butler on Team East.
Bring it on!