It might not be the best quality version of basketball played during the weekend, but the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game is usually entertaining.
Kevin Hart has been the man at this event over the last few years, winning four MVP awards in a row while becoming the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of celebrity games. He has showcased plenty of impressive moves for his size, as well as some comedic moments over the years:
Now he will take his expertise to the sidelines where he will coach Team USA alongside Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon. Of course, it won't be easy going against perhaps the biggest local celebrity Toronto has to offer in Grammy Award-winning rapper Drake.
The most recognizable celebrity fan in sports today will coach Team Canada in a border war featuring a wide variety of participants. Helping out Drake on the bench will be Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista as well as Canadian legend Steve Nash.
This might be a rare situation where the coaching staffs are almost as interesting as the players on the floor. You can be certain there will be plenty of cameras following these groups throughout the game.
Still, the actual participants in the game will be fun to watch as well. Here is a look at full rosters from the two sides:
|2016 Celebrity All-Star Game Rosters|
|Team USA||Team Canada|
|Coaches||Known For||Coaches||Known For|
|Kevin Hart||Comedian||Drake||Recording Artist|
|Isaiah Thomas||Celtics All-Star||DeMar DeRozan||Raptors All-Star|
|Andre Drummond||Pistons All-Star||Steve Nash||Former NBA Star|
|Becky Hammon||Spurs Assistant Coach||Jose Bautista||Blue Jays All-Star|
|Players||Known For||Players||Known For|
|Anthony Anderson||"Blackish"||Win Butler||Arcade Fire|
|Marc Lasry||Bucks Co-Owner||Drew Scott||"Property Brothers"|
|Joel David Moore||"Grandma's Boy"||Jonathan Scott||"Property Brothers"|
|Nick Cannon||"America's Got Talent"||Kris Wu||Singer|
|Jason Sudeikis||"SNL"||Milos Raonic||Tennis Star|
|Chauncey Billups||Former NBA Star||Stephan James||"Race"|
|O'Shea Jackson Jr.||"Straight Outta Compton"||Tom Cavanagh||"Ed"|
|Elena Delle Donne||WNBA MVP||Tammy Sutton-Brown||Former WNBA Star|
|Muggsy Bogues||Former NBA Star||Tracy McGrady||Former NBA Star|
|Terrence Jenkins||"106 & Park"||Rick Fox||Former NBA Star|
|Eugenie Bouchard||Tennis Star|
The obvious advantage will lie with the players who actually know how to play basketball. Sure, it is always fun watching actors and singers competing on the court, but with former NBA stars and WNBA players also on the rosters, these people will likely make the biggest impact.
Canada will come through with former NBA players Tracy McGrady and Rick Fox, while the United States counters with Chauncey Billups and Muggsy Bogues. It seems fitting the 5'3" Bogues will be on a team coached by 5'9" Thomas and 5'4" Hart. Maybe Drummond can step onto the floor to help out from a height perspective.
Still, the best overall player in the field is Elena Delle Donne, the reigning WNBA MVP for the Chicago Sky. She also might be one of the few members in this field who can dunk, even while wearing a cape, as the Chicago Sky shared on Twitter:
We don't know how much effort she will actually put into this game, but we do know she could easily carry Team USA if she wanted to Saturday.
One player you might not want to count on is actor Jason Sudeikis. While he played some basketball in college, he admitted on The Ellen DeGeneres Show he might not be in the best shape.
"I haven't played basketball in over a year-and-a-half, so it could be a swan song for me" he said, per Jodi Guglielmi of People.
On the other side of the court, there are several legitimate athletes in Canadian tennis stars Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard. Whether they can actually play basketball remains to be seen, but at least they will be in shape.
As far as the MVP is concerned, the award rarely has anything to do with actual accomplishments on the court. The fans will vote for who they want to win, so the best prediction is comedian Nick Cannon, because he is still hilarious. With Hart now coaching, he might be the next man up for his squad.
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