Feb 06, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) shoots a jump shot\1qqa\Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
The participants in the dunk contest and the three point shootout competition for All-Star saturday have finally been announced.
There are a lot of names that we expected to see here, but some that we didn’t. They were all justifiably selected to each competition, though. I think they hit the nail on the head with some of these.
Your Eastern Conference Dunkers:
- Indiana Pacers Guard Gerald Green
- New York Knicks Forward James ‘Flight’ White
- Toronto Raptors Rookie Guard Terrence Ross
Your Western Conference Dunkers:
- Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe
- Utah Jazz Forward and last year’s champion Jeremy Evans
- Denver Nuggets Forward Kenneth Faried
I think that they really hit the nail on the head with all of these picks. I’m really interested in seeing Gerald Green dunk. He’s had some quite nasty ones in the middle of some games so he should bring lots of creativity to the table when dunking for the East.
I’ll personally be rooting for Eric Bledsoe. I really like when little guys are able to outdo the bigs. The art of the little man in the dunk contest has kind of been shut out in these last few competitions. I don’t think dunks are as impressive when you’re bigger. Hopefully Bledsoe can recaptrue the Magic that Nate Robinson had last season.
I think that the East is going to win this competition. They’ve got more creativity with Geralld Green and Flight White on their side.
Moving on to the three point shoot out, I think that this is a perfect roster as well. There are some really good shooters on each side of things and it should come down to the wire.
Your Eastern Conference Shooters:
- Cleveland Cavaliers guard and All-Star Kyrie Irving
- Indiana Pacers Forward and All-Star Paul George
- New York Knicks Forward Steve Novak
Your Western Conference Shooters:
- New Orleans Hornets Forward Ryan Anderson
- Golden State Warriors Guard Stephen Curry
- San Antonio Spurs Forward Matt Bonner
These are some really good shooters as well. Everyone is above 38% of their three point shots. The lowest percentage that you’ll get out of this group is Paul George at 39%. And how about George being in the dunk contest last season and now he’ll have a chance at winning the three point shoot out as well. It has to be an honor for him. He’s come a long way as a player.
At the end of the day, I’ll take the Western Conference shooters here because I believe in Stephen Curry. Barring his health, I think he’ll be the greatest shooter that we’ll ever see at the point guard position. That includes Steve Nash. So, that along with Ryan Anderson and Matt ‘The Red Rocket’ Bonner, I think the West will take it.
But I’m sure that Kyrie Irving and company are going to have a lot to say about that. We’ll see when the day comes though.