This weekend marks the 71st annual NBA All-Star Weeknd. With so much happening over the 3 days, and some brand new events added to the weekends make up, our team at GameDay Squad have each had a go at trying to pick who will come out on top across the weekend's best contests.
Level of NBA Knowledge: Good enough that I'm allowed to host the NBA GDS Podcast!
Team Lebron or Team KD: Please, team Lebron easily.
Who will win the 3 point contest: Trae Young - this guy loves the big movement.
Who will win the Dunk contest: Jalen Green.
What team will win the skills contest: The Cavs.
What team will win the Rising Stars Tournament: Team Worthy.
Favourite NBA All-Star weekend memory: THAT dunk by Aaron Gordon at the 2016 Dunk Contest. To this day, I passionately rant about how he was robbed.
Level of NBA Knowledge: Been playing basketball/watching the NBA for about 10 years.
Team Lebron or Team KD: Lebron and Steph on the same team are unbeatable, prove me wrong.
Who will win the 3 point contest: Patty Mills, very pure shooter and gives his all no matter what the circumstance.
Who will win the Dunk contest: Air Force Juan baby (potentially, the warriors fan in me showing).
What team will win the skills contest: Antetekoupo’s.
What team will win the Rising Stars Tournament: Team Payton - Kuminga to win MVP.
Favourite NBA All-Star weekend memory: When Steph was paying $2.10 to win the ‘21 3- point contest and the boys won big.
Level of NBA Knowledge: Encyclopaedia on all things NBA 2K11 - 2K14. Current knowledge is pretty patchy. Does Delly still play?
Team Lebron or Team KD: Love an underdog. LET'S GO KD!
Who will win the 3 point contest: Kyle Korver.
Who will win the Dunk contest: Cole Anthony.
What team will win the skills contest: Rooks.
What team will win the Rising Stars Tournament: Team Payton (Love the Glove).
Favourite NBA All-Star weekend memory: Brandon Knight vs Kyrie Irving in the 2013 Rising Stars Game. Disclaimer: Ankles were harmed in the making of that footage.
Level of NBA knowledge: NBA history nerd, definitely living in the past. Specialisation includes the 1982/83 Philadelphia 76ers, 1972/73 Knicks, and the 07/08 Rockets.
Team LeBron or Team KD: Team KD might be more fun, but you can’t bet against Team LeBron. He hasn’t lost yet, and I doubt he will on his 5th time round.
3 point contest winner: It goes against my green and gold blood, but I’m hoping Desmond Bane gets it done. He’s been a quiet overachiever all season, and now I want him to get the praise he deserves.
Dunk contest winner: Obi Wan Kenobi Toppin. I am poppin' for Toppin. Give us New York fans something to cheer for in this dreadful season please.
Skills contest winner: Team Rooks, Giddey can win this by himself.
Rising stars winner: Anyone but Team Isiah, no team with him involved in any coaching/managerial capacity can have any success. I’be definitely gotten over what he did to my Knicks.
Favourite all star weekend memory: Vince Carter 2000 dunk contest. Multiple all time great dunks.
Level of NBA Knowledge: Excellent, as it should be considering I am a member of the GDS NBA podcast.
Team Lebron or Team KD: Team KD, that’s my guy (upset he isn’t playing though).
Who will win the 3 point contest: Fred Van Fleet.
Who will win the dunk contest: Jaylen Green.
Who will win the skills contest: Team Rooks.
What team will win the rising stars tournament: Team Isiah is looking nasty.
Favourite NBA All-Star weekend memory: The interaction between Kobe and Jordan where MJ said he would go for his ribs in a real game.
Level of NBA Knowledge: I own a fake Balinese 2009-10 Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics jersey - if that doesn’t spell NBA fan, I don't know what does.
Team Lebron or Team KD: Let's go team JT! I mean…. KD.
Who will win the 3 point contest: I used Zach Lavine’s jump shot for my 2K myplayer. Loyalty says him.
Who will win the Dunk contest: Obi Toppin - Knicks fans need something… anything.
What team will win the skills contest: I like the rooks in this one!
What team will win the Rising Stars Tournament: Team Isiah - my infatuation with Haliburton knows no bounds.
Favourite NBA All-Star weekend memory I still loved when Shaq and Kobe buried the hatchet to share the 2009 All-Star MVP award. Special moment!
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