This year’s NBA All-Star Game will be aired on Feb. 14, 2016. The entire All-Star weekend will be hosted in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre, the home court of the Toronto Raptors. The NBA has officially released the All-Star lineup, which also includes the starting players.
The 2016 lineup includes the NBA’s newest growing trio–the Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. In previous years, the league was represented by other big names. One trio included LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, which were known as Miami’s “Big 3.” This was up until James moved back to his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kobe Bryant, who announced that he will be retiring at the end of the season, was part of a trio with Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom in previous seasons. Gasol is currently playing for the Bulls and Odom is not playing in the NBA this season.
Other NBA Trios Include:
- Chicago Bulls: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman
- Boston Celtics: Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Sam Jones
- Los Angeles Lakers: Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy
- Boston Celtics: Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale
- San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili
- Detroit Pistons: Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer
- Boston Celtics: Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett
- Detroit Pistons: Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace
- Golden State Warriors: Chris Mullin, Mitch Richmond, Tim Hardaway
Golden State Warriors
The last time the Warriors had three players represent their team in the All-Star Game was in the 1975-1976 season. This year’s NBA All-Star Game’s official lineup will include the league’s newest trio. This is Curry’s third NBA All-Star Game, Thompson’s second, and Green’s first. Green is leading the NBA with eight triple-doubles and has averages of 14.5 points per game (ppg), 9.4 rebounds per game (rpg), and 7.2 assists per game (apg). Thompson ranks second in most overall three-pointers with 140 and has an average of 140 ppg. Curry, who is the reigning MVP, has averages of 29.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 6.6 apg, and 213 three-pointers this year. Last year, he beat his own record by making 286 three-pointers in a single season. He is projected to be well within the 400-mark by the end of this season.
In the past, teams with talented trios have won championships. This Golden State trio won their championship last year and have a record of 42-4 this year. The Warriors, who have an overall top ranking, beat the NBA’s top teams within a week. They defeated the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 20, with a final score of 125-94, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 132-98 on Jan. 18, and the San Antonio Spurs 120-90 on Jan. 25. These three teams are considered to be some of the league’s top teams and the Warriors were able to defeat them within 30 points. The Warriors are even projected to beat the Chicago Bulls’ legendary record of 72-10 during their 1995-1996 season.
All-Star Game 2016
The All-Star Game will be aired on TNT at 8:30 p.m. EST, on Feb. 14. This will be the first All-Star weekend held outside of the country. The East will be coached by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ newest coach, Tyronn Lue, and the West will be coached by the San Antonio Spurs’ head coach, Gregg Popovich. However, there are two players of the newest trio that will not be in the starting lineup to represent the East, Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The NBA All-Star Game does include LeBron James (CLE), Paul George (IND), Carmelo Anthony (NYK), Dwayne Wade (MIA), and Kyle Lowry (TOR). The official starting lineup for the West includes Kobe Bryant (LAL), Kevin Durant (OKC), Kawhi Leonard (SAS), Steph Curry (GSW), and Russell Westbrook (OKC). The starting lineup was based on fan voting. The whole weekend event will be viewed by nearly 200 countries and will be aired in 40 different languages.
By Tricia Manalansan
Edited by Leigh Haugh
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