2015 Three-Point Contest
Sauping R. Arguello: This will turn out into an absolute shoot-out! “The Splash Bros” will give us a treat and a glimpse of what goes on at practice. Both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have been reported (but not confirmed) to be participating. Even though the Atlanta Hawks’ Kyle Korver is shooting a league-leading, ridiculous 53.7 percent from behind the arc and would most likely be the favorite, I will go with Curry on this one.
Jeb Taylor: Probably the most anticipated event of All-star weekend, the 3-point contest has a loaded field. Curry, Thompson, Korver and the defending-champion Marco Belinelli? This Shootout should come down to the wire, with the Splash Brothers and Korver in the finals. Korver, the deadliest shooter in the league this year, will prevail with his consistent shooting and his preference of standing 3-point shots.
Jr. Williams: Never have I been more excited for an All-Star event which did not include the actual All-Star Game or Dunk Contest. The three-point contest is packed with pure shooters– each have a chance to steal the show. The two players I predict to reach the final rounds are J.J. Redick (Clippers) and Marco Belinelli (Spurs). In the end, Belinelli will defend his title and hoist his second consecutive Three-point Shootout award.
64th NBA All-Star Game in New York
Sauping R. Arguello: 64th NBA All-star game The Western Conference has the deeper, better roster but the Eastern Conference has the better isolation players that are more suited for All-Star “type” games (LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and last year’s MVP Kyrie Irving). They also have the homecourt advantage and I believe the historic Madison Square Garden will bring out the best of all players. Carmelo will win MVP as he takes and makes several shots going for 30+ points. Other stars from the East will work hard to get him that trophy as it will be one of the few bright spots of New York’s abysmal season. The game will become competitive in the fourth quarter (as usual), but the East will come up on top this time. Predicted score East 135 – West 129
Jeb Taylor: The 64th annual NBA All-Star game puts a deep west team up against a starter-reliant east squad. The East’s reserves pale in comparison to the West’s. Players like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are coming off the bench for the west, while second-tier players like Millsap and Horford will substitute for the East. The East will require a spectacular performance from a wild-card like Kyrie Irving or John Wall if it hopes to hang with the over-powered Western conference. The West wins, 152-143
Jr. Williams: The Eastern Conference squad could shock many, as Kyrie Irving and LeBron James have emerged as one of the highest scoring duos in the league –and could pose a serious threat to the west. True, the Western Conference has a solid roster featuring Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Anthony Davis, but its hard to pick against LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kyrie Irving leading the charge for the east. If Anthony Davis can have a great game, he could put the west squad in a great opportunity to win, therefore, I’m predicting the Western Conference team to walk away with the victory, final score 155-150, MVP Anthony Davis.