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Participating players for the 2013 All-Star Weekend events have been announced.

Slam Dunk Contest

Gerald Green, Indiana Pacers (2007 winner with Boston; also ran 2008)
Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors (first-timer)
James White, New York Knicks (first-timer)
Eric Bledsoe, Los Angeles Clippers (first-timer)
Jeremy Evans, Utah Jazz (2012 winner)
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets (first-timer)

Three-Point Shootout

Paul George, Indiana Pacers (first-timer)
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers (first-timer)
Steve Novak, New York Knicks (first-timer)
Ryan Anderson, New Orleans Hornets (2012 participant)
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs (first-timer)
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (2010 participant)

Skills Challenge

Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers (first-timer)
Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons (first-timer)
Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks (first-timer)
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (first-timer)
Jeremy Lin, Houston Rockets (first-timer)
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs (2012 winner; also-ran 2003; 2009)

Shooting Stars

Team Bosh
Chris Bosh, Miami Heat
Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta Hawks (retired)
Swin Cash, Chicago Sky

Team Lopez
Brook Lopez, Broolyn Nets
Muggsy Bogues, Charlotte Hornets (retired)
Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever

Team Harden
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Sam Cassell, notably Houston Rockets (retired)
Tina Thompson, Houston Comets (retired)

Team Westbrook
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Robert Horry, Houston Rockets/Los Angeles Lakers/San Antonio Spurs (retired)
Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx

Rising Stars Challenge

Team Shaq
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Bobcats
Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats

Team Chuck
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic
Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons
Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings
Alexey Shved, Minnesota Timberwolves


All-Star Saturday conference captains are Miami's Dwayne Wade and L.A. Clippers' Chris Paul. The performance of each conference in the Slam Dunk, Shooting Stars, Skills Challenge and Three-Point Shootout will determine how much their teams give to charity (compared to the other one).

The Rising Stars Challenge rosters were put together by a draft between Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley. For some reason I can't shake the hilarious image of David Stern calling them each up one-by-one after five minutes on the clock. Lillard comes up, shakes hands with the commissioner and gets handed a copy of Shaq-Fu for Sega Genesis and a ballcap.

(edited by ekedolphin on 8.2.13 0830)

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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    Skills Challenge

    Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers (first-timer)
    Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons (first-timer)
    Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks (first-timer)
    Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (first-timer)
    Jeremy Lin, Houston Rockets (first-timer)
    Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs (2012 winner; also-ran 2003; 2009)

The NBA has an embarrassment of riches at PG. How did we end up with the absolute dregs for this contest?

(edited by It's False on 8.2.13 1419)


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    Originally posted by It's False
      Originally posted by ekedolphin
      Skills Challenge

      Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers (first-timer)
      Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons (first-timer)
      Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks (first-timer)
      Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (first-timer)
      Jeremy Lin, Houston Rockets (first-timer)
      Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs (2012 winner; also-ran 2003; 2009)

    The NBA has an embarrassment of riches at PG. How did we end up with the absolute dregs for this contest?

    (edited by It's False on 8.2.13 1419)


Mmmmm-hmmm. Compare this to the participants in the inaugural 2003 contest:

Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets (future Hall-of-Famer)
Gary Payton, Seattle SuperSonics (future Hall-of-Famer)
Stephon Marbury, Phoenix Suns
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs (future Hall-of-Famer)

In '06 we had LeBron James, Steve Nash, Chris Paul and Dwayne Wade, first-ballot Hall-of-Famers all. Even last year we had a respectable lineup of Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Tony Parker, John Wall, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams.

So, yeah. This is arguably the worst lineup for the Skills Contest yet.



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