Only a handful of carefully selected competitors get to participate in the NBA's slate of All-Star Weekend events. But what if players from every team got a shot to show off their stuff during the league's February exhibition?
Here, we've taken three players from each NBA team and assigned them to one of the three main competitions on All-Star Weekend: the dunk contest, three-point shootout and skills challenge. No player can compete in more than one event, so there's going to be some strategic jostling necessary.
Basically, this prevents guys like Damian Lillard from hogging all three spots for the Portland Trail Blazers.
In addition, we've assigned ratings to each player based on how well we think he'd perform in the given competition. From there, each team gets an overall rating which ultimately determines the best three-man unit.
So, if nobody from your favorite squad is headed to New Orleans for the All-Star festivities, take heart. You can read through these ideal lineups and imagine what it might look like if every squad got a chance to send its best specialists to the Big Easy.
*Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com unless otherwise indicated.
**Stats accurate through games played Feb. 4, 2014.