NBA Celebrity All-Star Game 2017 Rosters, Team Coaches and MVP Prediction

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorFebruary 17, 2017

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The NBA Celebrity All-Star Game has great entertainment potential based solely off former NBA player Jason "White Chocolate" Williams' appearance (see here for his greatest plays as a pro if you don't believe me), but the celebrity rosters for this year's contest provide plenty of intrigue.

Will Win Butler repeat his double-double heroics from last year and take another MVP? Can Master P and his son Romeo Miller take over this game when they are on the floor at the same time? Will Williams throw a half-court, behind-the-back, no-look alley-oop to 59-year-old Oscar Schmidt for a dunk?

Who knows, but in the dog days of the sports calendar, the Celebrity game provides the sports junkie with something fun to watch.

Below you'll find the two teams for this year's game, along with a game preview and MVP prediction.

 

West Coaches

CoachOccupation
Michael SmithESPN Journalist (SportsCenter)
Draymond GreenNBA Player (Golden State Warriors)
Rocsi DiazTV Personality (best known for hosting 106 & Park)

                  

West Roster

PlayerOccupation
Miles BrownActor (best known for Black-ish)
Tom CavanaghActor (best known for Ed, The Flash)
Mark CubanDallas Mavericks owner, entrepreneur, Shark Tank shark
Baron DavisFormer NBA player (Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors among others)
Andy GrammerRecording artist (best known for "Honey, I'm Good")
Jiang JinfuActor and model (best known for Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar Of Sky)
Anthony MackieActor (best known for The Hurt Locker and Captain America: Civil War)
Romeo MillerActor, recording artist (best known for No. 1 single "My Baby" when he was known as Lil' Romeo, and he has also appeared in numerous TV shows and movies)
Hasan MinhajActor, comedian (best known for his role as a correspondent on The Daily Show)
Master PActor, recording artist, rap mogul, entrepreneur (best known for starting No Limit Records and two albums produced in late 1990sGhetto D and MP da Last Donthat went three-time and four-time platinum)
Candace ParkerCurrent WNBA player (Los Angeles Sparks)
Aaron SanchezCelebrity chef (best known for being a judge on Chopped)

                  

East Coaches

CoachOccupation
Jemele HillESPN journalist (Sportscenter)
Kyle LowryNBA player (Toronto Raptors)
Fat JoeRecording artist (best known for his No. 1 single "Lean Back"

                  

East Roster

PlayerOccupation
Brandon ArmstrongFormer professional basketball player (best known for YouTube impersonations of NBA players)
Win ButlerRecording artist (lead singer, Arcade Fire)
Nick CannonActor, recording artist (best known as former host for America's Got Talent among other shows)
Rachel DeMitaHost, NBA2KTV
Ansel ElgortActor, recording artist (best known for the movie The Fault in Our Stars)
Marc LasryMilwaukee Bucks owner, hedge fund manager
Caleb McLaughlinActor (best known for Stranger Things)
Peter RosenbergRadio DJ, co-host, TV show host (best known for Ebro in the Morning and The Michael Kay Show)
Oscar SchmidtFormer professional basketball player who had a 30-year career in Brazil and Europe. Best known for his role on the Brazilian national team, playing in five Olympic Games.
Lindsey WhalenCurrent WNBA player (Minnesota Lynx)
Jason WilliamsFormer NBA player (best known for time on Sacramento Kings when he rose to fame for his ball-handling skills)
Kris WuActor, recording artist, model (best known for role in xXx: Return of Xander Cage)

 

Preview

The key to this game will be the height differential between the two teams. Specifically, the East has a massive advantage over the West.

At 6'8", former professional basketball superstar Oscar Schmidt is the tallest player on the court by a solid four inches. He may be 59 years old, but I am not about to doubt a guy who played a 30-year professional career, is the leading scorer in Olympic men's basketball history and is now going to play in a contest that better resembles a YMCA pickup game than something you'd see on an organized level.

Like other professionals in this game, Schmidt will likely dial it down a notch so as not to embarrass other non-pros on the court, but he should still hold his own on Friday.

At 6'4", Win Butler of Arcade Fire proved to be the 2016 Celebrity game's version of Andre Drummond, posting 15 points and 14 boards (seven offensive) in 22 minutes en route to an MVP win.

(If you round up, Drummond is actually averaging those numbers this season.)

Butler also hoisted up 17 shots last year, so he isn't in this game to mess around like other celebrities. He's here to win.

The tallest two players on the court for the West side will be Candace Parker (6'4") and Master P (6'3").

Like Schmidt, Parker could probably take this game over if she wanted to but won't do so for the sake of not shaming people in an exhibition.

Master P played some preseason games for the Toronto Raptors in 1999 and could make some noise in this game, but if he's tasked with stopping a bigger Schmidt or Butler, then he could find himself in some trouble down low, provided the West coaches put him there.

 

MVP Pick

Butler looks primed to become the next Kevin Hart of this event. Hart won four straight MVP awards, and Butler was the clear best celebrity on the floor last year. His height is just too much to deal with down low.

Expect him to take the title yet again with another double-double.