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NBA Celebrity All-Star Game 2016 Rosters, Team Coaches and MVP Prediction

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13:  (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)   Comedian Kevin Hart celebrates with the MVP trophy after the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Madison Square Garden on February 13, 2015 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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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 guardΒ DeMar DeRozan,Β 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 USATeam Canada
CoachesKnown ForCoachesKnown For
Kevin HartComedianDrakeRecording Artist
Isaiah ThomasCeltics All-StarDeMar DeRozanRaptors All-Star
Andre DrummondPistons All-StarSteve NashFormer NBA Star
Becky HammonSpurs Assistant CoachJose BautistaBlue Jays All-Star
PlayersKnown ForPlayersKnown For
Anthony Anderson"Blackish"Win ButlerArcade Fire
Marc LasryBucks Co-OwnerDrew Scott"Property Brothers"
Joel David Moore"Grandma's Boy"Jonathan Scott"Property Brothers"
Nick Cannon"America's Got Talent"Kris WuSinger
Jason Sudeikis"SNL"Milos RaonicTennis Star
Chauncey BillupsFormer NBA StarStephan James"Race"
O'Shea Jackson Jr."Straight Outta Compton"Tom Cavanagh"Ed"
Elena Delle DonneWNBA MVPTammy Sutton-BrownFormer WNBA Star
Muggsy BoguesFormer NBA StarTracy McGradyFormer NBA Star
Terrence Jenkins"106 & Park"Rick FoxFormer NBA Star
Eugenie BouchardTennis Star
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Actor Nick Cannon shoots during the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game as part of 2015 All-Star Weekend at Madison Square Garden on February 13, 2015 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees t
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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:

Chicago Sky @wnbachicagosky

.@MrDrewScott Did you know @De11eDonne could do this? #NBAAllStarTO @NBAAllStar https://t.co/ntwQYbMC7k

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.Β 

"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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