As the lineups were announced for both the NBA All-Star Weekend three point contest and dunk contest, many people lamented the general lack of star power.
With a duo of announcements today, things look a little brighter. Earlier today, it was announced New York Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert had removed himself from the dunk contest, to be replaced by high-flying rookie Jeremy Evans.
Just minutes ago it was reported Oklahoma City Thunder star– and defending NBA scoring champion- Kevin Durant would replace injured Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson in the three point contest. Durant’s addition bolsters the star power of the long-range contest and is sure to increase ratings and overall interest for one of the league’s showcase events.
Kevin Durant is one of the purest scorers in the NBA, a fact illustrated by his 2012 averages of 27.7 points per game, 51.6 percent field goal shooting, and a solid 36.7 percent from long range.
With Durant going head-to-head with guys like Kevin Love, it’ll be fun to see how his game translates to a rapid, high-pressure environment where a quick release and feathery touch leads to success.
It’s new, welcomed star power to a dull All-Star Saturday.
That’s for sure.