All-Star Weekend is here, and that means a plethora of activities including the 3-point contest and the slam dunk contest. All of these festivities lead up to the All-Star game on Sunday night that pits the NBA’s Eastern conference versus the NBA’s Western conference. The contests this year have a lot of potential to be legendary with the 3-point contest hosting players such as Golden State’s Splash Brothers, or Atlanta’s Kyle Korver. It is difficult to decide the winner of these contests but we are going to give it a try.
Skills Challenge (Saturday night):
Winner: John Wall
John Wall is such an athletic and fast player, and has improved drastically this season. He will face Isiah Thomas in the first round of the Skills Challenge, and he has a chance to win this event if he hustles.
3-point Contest (Saturday night):
Winner: Kyle Korver
This 3-point contest has the opportunity to be the most exciting and star-studded one of its time. It will feature a lot of big names including Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Wesley Matthews, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving, to name a few. Kyle Korver is shooting above 50% from behind the arc this season, and he was named the replacement for Dwyane Wade in the All-Star game. Whether or not he wins, this event will be exciting,
Slam Dunk Contest (Saturday night):
Winner: Zach LaVine
The dunk contest has seen its better days. Last year’s format was highly criticized, and the NBA listened and brought back the old format. The contestants this year have all shown that they could bring the excitement back. Victor Oladipo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mason Plumlee, and Zach Lavine have all been shown to put on a show with dunks. Zach Lavine has a 46″ vertical, and could come up with something creative. Teammate Shabazz Muhammad said that it is going to be good. I will take his word for it.
All-Star Game (Sunday Night):
Winner: Western Conference
Say what you want about the conference unbalance, but both teams have some star players. The east has arguably the best player in the NBA with Lebron James. The west is extremely deep though. Before Demarcus Cousins became an All-Star due to the injury of Kobe Bryant, he was the first player ever left out on an All-Star roster while averaging 24+ points and 12+ rebounds. It will be close but I believe the west will come out on top.