The NBA’s all-star events start this Thursday and end on Sunday with the main event being the 63rd NBA All-Star Game with Inside the NBA after the game. In between, there are numerous events, including the NBA Dunk Contest which airs on Saturday as the last event of the night.
This year, they have changed the format of the NBA Dunk Contest, by separating the dunkers by conference. The Eastern Conference is represented by Indiana Pacer, Paul George, Washington Wizard, John Wall, and the defending dunk champion Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors.
Representing the Western Conference, Portland Trailblazer, Damian Lillard, Golden State Warrior, Harrison Barnes, and Sacramento Kin, Ben McLemore will be out. Although there are teams in this year’s NBA Dunk Contest, there can only be one winner.
The Three Point Contest is also a big event, and also features an Eastern/Western Conference team format. For the East, Arron Afflalo of the Orlando Magic, Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards, the defending three point champion Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets will all be representatives.
For the Western Conference team, Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs, Stephan Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers, and Kevin Love, of the Minnesota Timberwolves all make an appearance. The NBA three point competition has two rounds; after the first, only the top two of each conference advance to the Finals, where only one can be champion.
The last event is the one all eyes will be on, for NBA fans, and that is the 63rd NBA All-Star game. The Eastern Conference starters are Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, Miami’s LeBron James, Miami’s Dwyane Wade, Indiana’s Paul George, and the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony.
The East reserves are, the Heat’s Chris Bosh, Raptors Demar Derozan, Indiana’s Roy Hibbert, Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson, Atlanta’s Paul Millsap, the Bulls’ Joakim Noah, and Washington Wizard John Wall. The Eastern Conference is Coached by Frank Vogal of the Indiana Pacers.
The Western Conference starters are, Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant, L.A. Clipper Blake Griffin, Minnesota’s Kevin Love, Golden State Warrior Stephan Curry, and in place of Kobe Bryant, New Orleans Pelican, Anthony Davis.
The reserves are, Indiana Pacer Dwight Howard, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, Dallas Dirk Nowitzki, L.A. Clipper Chris Paul, Houston Rocket James Harden, San Antonio’s Tony Parker, and Portland’s Damian Lillard. The Coach of the Western Conference is Scott Brooks of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The NBA All-Star game has been around since 1951. The record between the two stands at 37-26 with the Eastern Conference having more wins total, however the last three All-Star games, the Western Conference has taken down the East.
Out of the last three NBA All-Star games, the point differential hasn’t been inside of five; even though the games were high-scoring, they were close games nonetheless. There isn’t much defense played in the All-Star game event, as they are normally very fast-paced, high-offense type games.
On the one side, Scott Brooks and the fast-paced Thunder are challenging for the best record in the NBA, right alongside Frank Vogal’s number one defensive Indiana Pacers. This NBA All-Star game may well be worth staying inside to watch the event. Despite the critics negativity, there is potential this year for the contest be full of drama, high intensity, and overall be very entertaining.
Commentary By: Justin Watts