2014 NBA All Star Weekend: 15 Bold Predictions
15 Sights We Just Might See During the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend
We have finally reached the All-Star Break here amidst the 2014 NBA season, and what a weekend it should be. With plenty of great names coming out to put on a show for the fans, this should be one of the more memorable All-Star Weekends in recent years.
Starting with the Slam Dunk Contest, fans will likely see one of the best performances in the past decade. Finally, we will see a cast worthy of being called the league’s best dunkers. No more “rising stars.” No, this year, we have the real deal.
Fans will get to see Paul George, John Wall, Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes, Ben McLemore and reigning champion Terrence Ross put on a display of high-flying dunks in a contest that should shape up to be one of the best we have seen this century.
Speaking of Lillard, for the first time ever, there will be a player competing in all five events. How will the second year point guard fare, and, will he be able to stay fresh for all five contests?
As far as the All-Star Game goes, most would assume that the Western Conference will wind up coming away with a victory due to the East being so poor. Will it turn out that way, or will LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have something to say about that?
Don’t forget the Three-Point Contest, Skills Challenge, Shooting Stars and Rising Stars Game. Between those four, we’ll see not only our favorite NBA players but some legends from the past as well as some of the best WNBA players in the world.
2014 will finally be a year to remember the All-Star Break as a whole. But, just why will we remember it? Here are 15 bold predictions for the entire weekend and what we may see.
15. Kevin Hart Wins Third Straight MVP
Don’t ask me why anybody truly cares, but, Kevin Hart might be the only guy playing 100 percent competitively in the celebrity game. If that's the case, he will likely go home with a third straight MVP.
14. Trey Burke Finishes Last in Skills Challenge
A tough year for the rookie on a miserable team gets even tougher as he fails to beat out anyone in the Skills Challenge.
13. All-Star Jersey Sales Reach All-Time Low
I don’t know about you, but there is no way you could pay me to wear one of this year’s All-Star jerseys.
12. Terrence Ross Doesn’t Get Out of First Round
This is no knock on Ross, whatsoever. But, with the competition this year, I think it will be hard for him to make it out of the first round. Guys like George, Wall and Barnes could easily be in the finale.
11. Kyrie Irving Fails to Score 20 in Three-Point Contest
Last year’s reigning champion has endured a down season in comparison to what many were expecting, and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ season has been awful. Sadly, Kyrie Irving will fail to match his 23 from last year’s final round, and will even come short of scoring 20.
10. Skylar Diggins Costs Kevin Durant Shooting Stars Title
Skylar Diggins shot just 32.8 percent in 2013. Kevin Durant likely won’t be able to shoot his team out of that kind of hole if Diggins can’t do her part.
9. Paul George Scores Pair of 50’s
Does everyone remember that 360 windmill he pulled off in a game just a few weeks ago? Will we see a repeat of such a dunk, or maybe even something more challenging? My bet is that George scores at least two perfect dunks.
8. East Beats West By 20-Plus Points
Though the Western Conference is much better, the East will come out firing with the superstars like George, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony leading the way and ultimately win by 20-plus points.
7. Stephen Curry Leads Team to Shooting Stars Title
Matched on a team with his father, Dell Curry, Stephen Curry will lead his team to a Shooting Stars title.
6. Damian Lillard Wins MVP of Rising Stars Challenge
Lillard is arguably the best player in the Rising Stars Challenge, and will prove that by taking home the MVP of the game.
5. Carmelo Anthony Wins MVP of All-Star Game
I could see Anthony dropping 40-plus points in this one, just because he can. With how bad the New York Knicks’ season has been, Anthony has been out on a mission to prove he is a top scorer in the league, but that is all he truly is. In the All-Star Game, that’s all he’ll need to take home the MVP.
4. LeBron James Dunks More Than Seven Times in All-Star Game
James will continue to annoy fans who wanted to see him in the Dunk Contest by slamming it home more than seven times in the All-Star Game.
3. Damian Lillard Repeats as Skills Challenge Champion
Lillard will add another to his trophy case as he not only repeats as the Skills Challenge champion, but earns his second award of the weekend.
2. Kevin Love Wins Three-Point Contest
Without much to be happy about playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kevin Love will find joy in slicing and dicing through the competition in the three-point contest, earning the honors.
1. Paul George Runs Away With Slam Dunk Title
Something I am sure we are all eager to see is a performance in the Dunk Contest we will remember for the rest of our lives – something we haven’t seen in quite some time. George will give us just that and run away with the title.