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2019 NBA All-Star Saturday Night: Open Thread and Discussion

Saturday evening is widely regarded as the most competitive night during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend. Throughout the Skills Competition, Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest, players are legitimately attempting to leave their mark on history. Danny Green is one of those players.

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Danny Green has had a surprisingly busy weekend. As a guest broadcaster during last night’s Rising Stars Challenge, Green proved to be a true voice in training to a larger audience on TNT in the United States. Raptors fans are already familiar with his ability as an orator thanks to his podcast Inside the Green Room, but it appears Green is eyeing up a possible next career — and All-Star Weekend has given him the perfect opportunity to test-drive the new position.

(DISCLAIMER: There’s going to be a lot of media in this piece)

In addition, he also proved that nobody in the league is better at getting Kawhi to crack a smile:

These are just a few of the moments from today’s media scrum and All-Star Game “practice” which included Team LeBron’s half-court shot shoot-around. There have been a ton of quotable moments from a bevvy of stars across the league today, but some of the best images from Saturday afternoon’s activities revolve around the amount Kawhi Leonard has been smiling.

Both he and Kyle Lowry (playing for Team Giannis on Sunday) were able to get some court time with their young Right Move for Youth counterparts in addition to their All-Star Teammates, which they each seemed to enjoy immensely.

Lowry may be the most photogenic player on the Raptors, quite honestly.

But now, for the moment everybody’s been scrolling for — information for tonight’s trio of competitions! Raptors HQ writer Sully Akbari brilliantly laid everything out this morning in his preview of tonight’s show, so I’ll let his words carry the audience into the fun.

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Skills Competition

Guards:

Wings/Bigs:

  • Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics — 16.5 PPG | 1.9 AST | 45.3 FG% | 37.9 3PT%
  • Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic — 20.5 PPG | 3.8 AST | 52.1 FG% | 38.0 3PT%
  • Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers — 19.1 PPG | 2.3 AST | 46.7 FG% | 31.9 3PT%
  • Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets — 20.4 PPG | 7.7 AST | 50.5 FG% | 30.8 3PT%

*PPG = points per game, AST = assists per game, FG% = field goal percentage, 3PT% = three-point percentage.

Three-Point Shootout

  • Danny Green, Toronto Raptors — 9.8 PPG | 42.1 3PT% | 128 3PM | 304 3PA
  • Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets — 13.9 PPG | 47.1 3PT% | 132 3PM | 280 3PA
  • Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks — 17.1 PPG | 37.8 3PT% | 122 3PM | 323 3PA
  • Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets — 24.9 PPG | 36.2 3PT% | 187 3PM | 517 3PA
  • Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns — 24.6 PPG | 32.5 3PT% | 91 3PM | 280 3PA
  • Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers — 26.3 PPG | 37.3 3PT% | 162 3PM | 434 3PA
  • Seth Curry, Portland Trail Blazers — 6.2 PPG | 46.5 3PT% | 66 3PM | 142 3PA
  • Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors — 28.6 PPG | 44.4 3PT% | 236 3PM | 531 3PA
  • Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings — 20.5 PPG | 44.9 3PT% | 195 3PM | 434 3PA
  • Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks — 4.7 PPG | 30.9 3PT% | 25 3PM | 81 3PA

*3PM = three-point makes, 3PA = three-point attempts.

Slam Dunk Contest

John Collins, Atlanta Hawks — 19.1 PPG | 111 dunks

Dennis Smith Jr., New York Knicks — 13.7 PPG | 25 dunks

Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets — 6.5 PPG | 40 dunks

Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City Thunder — 4.2 PPG | 23 dunks

Where to Watch:

TNT and TSN, 8 p.m.

For contest-specific details, check out Sully’s preview linked above!