David Stern has done a great job in making the NBA All-Star weekend into one of the most entertaining events in sports.
Without a doubt, the NBA has the best All-Star Game of any sport. Between the celebrity game, slam-dunk contest, three-point contest and the game itself, the entire All-Star Weekend is captivating for both the players and the fans.
Although it has lost some of its luster and the megastars of the league do not participate, the slam-dunk contest is still the most exciting event of the weekend.
This year’s contestants are Eric Bledsoe of the Clippers, Kenneth Faried of the Nuggets, Jeremy Evans of the Jazz, Gerald Green of the Pacers, Terrence Ross of the Raptors and James White of the Knicks.
Although these participants are not some of the biggest names in the sport, they are some of the most electrifying dunkers in the NBA.
At only 6'1", Bledsoe is not the most notable dunker on the Clippers. His leaping ability is second to none, and it more than makes up for his relatively diminutive stature.
Faried is one of the premier rebounders in the league and has developed into a premier dunker as well. At 6'8", he is relatively undersized for the power forward position, but, through the years, the slam-dunk contest champions have traditionally been about that size.
Evans, Green and Ross can all climb the ladder as well, but this year’s champion will be James White.
White is a high riser and has pulled off an incredible dunk overseas when he put the ball between his legs while taking off from the free-throw line. If he can perform anything close to that, he should have this competition in the bag.
The three-point contestants are Paul George of the Pacers, Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers, Steve Novak of the Knicks, Ryan Anderson of the Hornets, Matt Bonner of the Spurs and Stephen Curry of the Warriors.
Although all of these players are some of the best shooters in the NBA, this year’s champion will be Matt Bonner. He is second in the league in three-point shooting at 45.1 percent. Bonner might be the least-athletic player in the league, but what he lacks in athleticism he makes up for by being a pinpoint shooter from beyond the arc.
The entire All-Star Weekend is a tremendous show. Unlike other sports, the NBA markets there star players more than the teams themselves and this event puts those stars in the spotlight and they do not disappoint.