NBA All-Star records don't get enough credit. First of all, a player has to be selected to play in the ultimate talent showcase to even have a shot at putting up record numbers.
There are career and single-game All-Star records. We can see the threats to the career milestones coming from a mile away. The single-game marks are more difficult to predict.
In many ways, accurately prognosticating a broken single-game All-Star record might just be dumb luck.
That said, here are a few educated guesses on three records that could fall in the Big Easy.
Most Triple-Doubles in All-Star Competition
Only three men have ever recorded a triple-double in an All-Star Game: Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
Mike has long since hung up the Air Jordans. Wade has seen his realistic chances of putting up a triple-double in a regular-season game (let alone in an All-Star Game) pass.
That leaves King James.
Surprisingly, James doesn't have a triple-double yet this season, though he fell just one assist shy on Feb. 12 against the Golden State Warriors.
That was the game he scored 36 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and did this.
James has looked to be on a mission lately. He's bent on reaching an even higher plain of greatness. While many favor Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant for league MVP, James seems to want to prove to people he's still the top dog.
Take a listen to him discussing his place on the NBA's fictional Mount Rushmore.
Greg Cote of the Miami Herald sums up the vibe LeBron is giving off:
LeBron James steps into the NBA All-Star break flexing, preening, reminding you who’s King – a man at his full powers and not minding if everybody knows it.
It is what seems to be driving this show of uncommon braggadocio that is the curious part, and worth exploring.
It’s as if he still has something to prove.
It’s as if he hears the sneakered footfalls of Kevin Durant getting closer and has turned to face his emerging rival with a raised palm in Stop-sign fashion.
James has 32 career triple-doubles, which is the fourth most of all time. It certainly isn't crazy to think he might have one up his sleeve for the All-Star Game.
All-Star Game MVPs are just one small detail in a man's overall body of greatness, but James has won the award twice. Winning a third award would be significant.
The best path to that would probably be a triple-double performance.
Most 3-Point Field Goals Made in an All-Star Game
Quite simply, this record can fall if one of the game's good shooters gets hot. The record is six, which is held by LeBron and legendary Cleveland Cavaliers sharpshooter Mark Price.
Who will win game MVP?
Obviously, LeBron could be a candidate to break the tie between him and Price. Durant had six threes against the Portland Trail Blazers in January. What's one more—especially with little to no defense?
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has had six threes in a game three times—including back-to-back games in January.
The last one was his 62-point explosion against the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Houston Rockets' James Harden hasn't been red-hot from deep this season, but he had three games last season with seven made threes.
By most accounts, Curry is the best pure shooter in the game. He's had nine made three-pointers in a game this season and eight games with at least six. Dwain Price, the beat writer for the Star Telegram quotes Durant giving Curry the ultimate praise.
"Steph Curry is the best shooter ever. His shot is just so effortless.'' -- Kevin Durant on Steph Curry— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) February 14, 2014
There are a lot of candidates for this one.
Most Blocks in an All-Star Game
The all-time record is six, and it's held by the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Dwight Howard is in this game, but it's unlikely he'll feel motivated enough to try to block six or more shots.
The man capable and perhaps inclined to make a statement is hometown favorite Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans' second-year star is leading the NBA in blocked shots.
Davis has had seven or more blocked shots four times this season. He might be the only guy playing defense on Sunday, but it could get him a record in front of his home fans.
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