The NBA All-Star weekend is one of the most exciting weekends in American sports. The festivities span three days and include a variety of activities.
The action kicks off Friday night with the league's top young players taking center stage in the Rookies vs. Sophomores game. It is followed by the Celebrity All-Star game, which features some of Tinseltown’s biggest stars and professional athletes competing head-to-head on the hardwood.
Saturday, some of the association’s brightest stars put their talent on display in a number of different competitions; The NBA Skills Challenge, 3 Point Shootout and of course the Slam Dunk Contest are the main attractions.
The weekend culminates Sunday with the NBA All-Star game. The best players on the planet collide in a game that is a cross between a competitive pick-up game and an AND 1 mix tape.
This year, the 60th annual game will take place in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. It is the fifth time L.A. will play host to the event.
Here is an early preview of what the two teams could look like on Feb. 20 barring any injuries. The roster includes two centers, four forwards, four guards and two bonus picks regardless of position.
Incidentally, I did not design these teams based on popularity which is a key component in All-Star voting. My rosters reflect players I genuinely believe will and should get a roster spot. If voting ended today, here are my votes for the 2011 NBA All-Star game.