Arguably the most exciting night during the NBA's All-Star weekend is upon us. All-Star Saturday night kicks off at 8 PM Eastern on TNT. Leave any thoughts you may have on the events in this open thread.
The Orlando Magic will be represented in two of the night's four events. Rookie Elfrid Payton, coming off a two point, three assist, three rebound performance in the Rising Stars Challenge, will be put up to the test in the Taco Bell Skills Competition. Payton, who originally wasn't scheduled to be in the event, took the place of injured Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams on Thursday.
Payton's backcourt mate, second-year man Victor Oladipo, will represent the Magic in the night's biggest event: the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. It will be Oladipo's first appearance, and the fifth by a Magic player, joining the likes of Otis Smith, Nick Anderson, Darrell Armstrong and Dwight Howard as participants.
The four events, in order, will be: Shooting Stars, Skills Competition, Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest. Below you can see the fields for all the events.
|Team||NBA Player||WNBA Player||Legend|
|Team Curry||Stephen Curry (Warriors)||Sue Bird||Dell Curry|
|Team Westbrook||Russell Westbrook (Thunder)||Tamika Catchings||Penny Hardaway|
Paul Millsap (Hawks)
(Replaced injured Anthony Davis)
|Elena Delle Donne||Scottie Pippen|
|Team Bosh||Chris Bosh (Heat)||Swin Cash||Dominique Wilkins|
|Patrick Beverly*||Houston Rockets|
|Trey Burke||Utah Jazz|
|Brandon Knight||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Kyle Lowry||Toronto Raptors|
|Elfrid Payton*||Orlando Magic|
|Dennis Schroder*||Atlanta Hawks|
|Jeff Teague||Atlanta Hawks|
|Isaiah Thomas||Phoenix Suns|
* Injury replacement; Beverley for John Wall; Payton for Carter-Williams; Schroder for Jimmy Butler
|Marco Belinelli||San Antonio Spurs|
|Stephen Curry||Golden State Warriors|
|James Harden||Houston Rockets|
|Kyrie Irving||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Kyle Korver||Atlanta Hawks|
|Wesley Matthews||Portland Trail Blazers|
|J.J. Redick||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Klay Thompson||Golden State Warriors|
Slam Dunk Contest
|Giannis Antetokounmpo||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Victor Oladipo||Orlando Magic|
|Zach LaVine||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Mason Plumlee||Brooklyn Nets|