NBA All-Star weekend is quickly approaching and looks to be jam packed with a list of events featuring some of the best players and top performers across the league. Kyrie Irving will look to defend his crown as the 2013 Three-Point champion while this year’s Slam Dunk contest will comprise of a new format featuring players formed into teams representing the Eastern and Western Conference. The 2013 NBA All-Star game MVP Chris Paul makes his return from a shoulder injury in time to participate in the All-Star game as a reserve, unfortunately we could see the crowning of a new All-Star MVP which could range from a list of several high caliber players.
With so many exciting events, we’re sure All-Star weekend will be an exciting experience for fans across the country, but what’s a contest without a prediction? Sports Unbiased NBA writers: Joe Mays, Jr. Williams, Alex Brooks, Tyler Triplett, and Blaine Hunkins have joined forces to deliver their 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend predictions.
BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge winning team and MVP Predictions
Alex Brooks: Team Hill will win this one because of players like Damian Lillard and Andre Drummond that he has throughout the whole team. Lillard will win MVP of the game because of the way he is on a tear this year, and that will continue that tear throughout the All-Star weekend.
Blaine Hunkins: Team Hill will win the Rising Stars Challenge behind the best second year player in the league, Damian Lillard. He is also my pick for MVP.
Joe Mays: My pick for the Rising Stars Challenge is Team Hill. I believe that Damian Lillard will be the key to victory and will bring home the MVP.
Jr. Williams: I’m choosing Team Webber to come away with the victory. The rookies got lucky with their victory a few years back and with the new roster combination of rookies and sophomores, I don’t think Team Hill will be able to stop Anthony Davis and TIm Hardaway Jr. Team Webber will win this game and Anthony Davis will be the MVP.
Tyler Triplett: I’ll take Team Webber to win the Rising Stars Game. Anthony Davis will be eager to show off in front of a national TV audience so I think he’ll do enough to win MVP.
Taco Bell Skills Challenge Predictions
Alex Brooks: Team 1 from the Western Conference with Trey Burke and Damian Lillard, because Lillard is one of the best point guards in the league right now and Burke is one of the best young point guards to come out of the most recent draft. These two players together will lead to success in this event.
Blaine Hunkins: Team 1 Western Conference: Lillard and Burke are both have great physical skills with the ball in their hands, expect them to dominate.
Joe Mays: My pick for the Taco Bell Skills Challenge is Trey Burke and Damien Lillard.
Jr. Williams: Team 1: Western Conference, Damian Lillard and Trey Burke. Both players are highly skilled point guards and I think combination of Burke and Lillard will prove too much for the competition.
Tyler Triplett: Team 1: Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan: Antetokounmpo aka “The Greek Freak” has shown great promise during the first half of the season. Pairing him with DeRozan gives you arguably the two most athletic guys in the whole competition.
Foot Locker Three-Point Contest Predictions
Alex Brooks: Is this even a question that Stephen Curry will win? He is the best pure shooter in the league right now, and the only competition he has will be Kevin Love, but Curry is just in a league of his own, and I would be surprised if the contest isn’t close.
Blaine Hunkins: Stephen Curry is one of the best three point shooters in the NBA and while he never excels in the three-point contest, I think he’ll take it home this year.
Joe Mays: My pick for the Three-Point contest is Stephen Curry. His shot is too nice to pick against him.
Jr Williams: I’m gonna have to go with my boy Stephen Curry for the win. I think he has the best stroke among all of the Three-Point contest contenders and I think he has something to prove going into the contest.
Tyler Triplett: Steph Curry is the best three point shooter in the league so I have to choose him. He also has a quick release which helps in the Three-Point Contest.
2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest Predictions
Alex Brooks: The new team format will benefit the East and give them the victory. I think Harrison Barnes is the best dunker in the competition but the East has the best overall team and that’s why they will win, not to mention the have the returning champ in Terrence Ross.
Blaine Hunkins: This is tough, but I believe John Wall will win because he is the most creative dunker on the board.
Joe Mays: My prediction is that the East team will win the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. I am anticipating a good showing from Damian Lillard though. While I do predict that the East will win behind Paul George, John Wall, and Terrence Ross, I think Lillard has something up his sleeve that could play spoiler.
Jr Williams: We all know that the Slam Dunk event is a contest where the shorter players are the crowd favorites and while I’m rooting for Harrison Barnes and Damian Lillard to shock the crowd with an array of creative and thunderous dunks, my instinct is telling me to pick the Eastern Conference team. Paul George, John Wall, and 2013 Slam Dunk champion Terrence Ross are the most athletic and acrobatic players in the contest. The East will win this competition by a land slide. As dunk god Vince Carter once stated “its over”.
Tyler Triplett: I’ll take the Eastern Conference to win the dunk contest. They have defending champion Terrance Ross and one of the best in game dunkers in Paul George. John Wall is also more than capable of throwing down some amazing dunks.
63rd NBA All-Star Game: Winning team and MVP Predictions
Alex Brooks: The West will dominate, just look at the standings and we can tell that the West is just a better conference and we will see that in the All-Star game. Kevin Durant will be the MVP of the game with 28 points, eight rebounds, and six assist.
Blaine Hunkins: The West will win because they have the most dominate scorers on their team. As we all know there is no defense in the All-Star game, which means whoever can score the most, will win.
Joe Mays: I see the All-Star game being its usual shootout. I anticipate the final score being in the 140s for both teams. The last several minutes of the 4th will be a shootout between Kevin Durant and Lebron James. I see the West coming out on top with the score of 147-142. KD will be the MVP.
Jr Williams: The West team has the better roster but I think the East will pull the upset. LeBron James will help lead the East in a close 4th quarter victory and will be awarded the All-Star MVP.
Tyler Triplett: I’m going to take the West to win and Kevin Durant to take home the MVP honors. I think that this is just Durant’s year and he’ll come out ready to send a message to the world that he’s one of, if not the best player in the world.