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Curry, Harden, Thompson Headline Three-Point Contest

Feb 4, 2016 7:26 PM

The NBA has set its field for the 2016 Three-Point Contest, headlined by defending champion Stephen Curry.

*Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
JJ Redick, Los Angeles Clippers
Chris Bosh, Miami Heat
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

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LaVine, Barton, Aaron Gordon, Drummond In 2016 Slam Dunk Contest

Feb 3, 2016 11:02 PM

The NBA has set their four-man field for the 2016 Slam Dunk Contest in Toronto.

Zach LaVine will defend his title against Andre Drummond, Will Barton and Aaron Gordon.

Barton and Gordon have each had a number of impressive dunks this season.

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Tags: Zach LaVine, Andre Drummond, Will Barton, Aaron Gordon, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Andrew Wiggins Won't Compete In Toronto Dunk Contest

Feb 3, 2016 11:47 AM

Andrew Wiggins remains uninterested in competing the dunk contest.

The 2016 All-Star Game is in Wiggins' hometown of Toronto and he'll play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday.

"My story is, I lost in high school, right when I was in the McDonald's [All-]American Game, so I really don't do ... dunks anymore," Wiggins said during an interview with ESPN.com. "I kind of retired that back, left that in high school, so I don't really do it anymore.

"Right now, you can give it to him [Zach LaVine]. I won't be doing all the surprise dunks. I just keep it simple -- one hand, two hands."

During the interview, Karl-Anthony Towns joked with Wiggins, "They want you in that [dunk] contest bad."

Wiggins shook his head and said, "Me? Nah. I lost. I'm not doing it again. Maybe one day, but right now, I lost in high school and I thought I should've won, so I'm just ..."

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Draymond Green, Isaiah Thomas Headline 2016 All-Star Reserves

Jan 28, 2016 6:23 PM

The All-Star Reserves have been leaked prior to their official announcement on TNT.

Paul Millsap, Chris Bosh, Jimmy Butler, John Wall, Isaiah Thomas, Andre Drummond and DeMar DeRozan have been named to the Eastern Conference team.

On the Western Conference team are Draymond Green, Anthony Davis, Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson, James Harden and LaMarcus Aldridge.

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NBA To Reevaluate All-Star Game Voting Process

Jan 28, 2016 1:38 PM

Adam Silver will reevaluate how the NBA conducts its All-Star Game voting process.

“On (fan) balloting, it’s something we’ll continue to look at,” Silver said. ”We love the fact that fans have input into who the All-Stars are. As social media changes the world and is disruptive, it’s been mildly disruptive to our balloting systems as well. I know that’s something we’ll take a fresh look.”

Zaza Pachulia somehow finished fourth in the Western Conference among frontcourt players ahead of Draymond Green.

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Sting To Perform Halftime Show At Toronto All-Star Game

Jan 28, 2016 10:18 AM

Sting will perform at halftime of the NBA All-Star Game in Toronto.

Ariana Grande performed at last year's NBA All-Star halftime show at Madison Square Garden in New York, while Earth, Wind and Fire, Janelle Monae and several jazz musicians teamed up for the halftime show at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans in 2014.

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Wiggins, Towns, Porzingis Named To Rising Stars Challenge

Jan 27, 2016 2:13 PM

Andrew Wiggins and Kristaps Porzingis headline the World Team for the Rising Stars Challenge.

Rounding out the World Team are Bojan Bogdanovic of the Brooklyn Nets, Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets, Mario Hezonja of the Orlando Magic, Nikola Jokic and Emmanuel Mudiay of the Denver Nuggets, Nikola Mirotic of the Chicago Bulls and Raul Neto of the Utah Jazz.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach LaVine, Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor headline the U.S. Team.

The U.S. Team also includes Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell of the Los Angeles Lakers, Rodney Hood of the Jazz, Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks, Elfrid Payton of the Magic and Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics.

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Gregg Popovich Named Western Conference ASG Coach

Jan 27, 2016 1:46 PM

Gregg Popovich has been named head coach of the Western Conference All-Star team.

Because Steve Kerr coached the team last season, the San Antonio Spurs get the honor with the second best record.

Luke Walton led the Warriors to a 39-4 record in Kerr's absence.

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Kawhi Leonard, Carmelo Anthony Get Final ASG Starter Spots

Jan 21, 2016 7:08 PM

Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard are the five starters for the Western Conference in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.

Leonard beat out Zaza Pachulia and Draymond Green for the final frontcourt spot. Pachulia overtook Green in the voting before the final return.

LeBron James, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Kyle Lowry are the Eastern Conference starters.

Western Conference
Frontcourt
1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,891,614
2. Kevin Durant (OKC) 980,787
3. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 782,339
4. Zaza Pachulia (Dal) 768,112
5. Draymond Green (GS) 726,616
6. Blake Griffin (LAC) 651,860
7. Enes Kanter (OKC) 534,499
8. Tim Duncan (SA) 431,087
9. Anthony Davis (NO) 400,688
10. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 364,270
11. DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 269,427
12. LaMarcus Aldridge (SA) 268,003
13. Dwight Howard (Hou) 219,761
14. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 173,317
15. Harrison Barnes (GS) 155,289

Guards
1. Stephen Curry (GS) 1,604,325
2. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 772,009
3. Chris Paul (LAC) 624,334
4. Klay Thompson (GS) 555,513
5. James Harden (Hou) 430,777
6. Manu Ginobili (SA) 226,289
7. Rajon Rondo (Sac) 200,518
8. Tony Parker (SA) 195,472
9. Andre Iguodala (GS) 181,142
10. Damian Lillard (Por) 158,360

Eastern Conference
Frontcourt
1. LeBron James (Cle) 1,089,206
2. Paul George (Ind) 711,595
3. Carmelo Anthony (NY) 567,348
4. Pau Gasol (Chi) 566,988
5. Andre Drummond (Det) 515,296
6. Kristaps Porzingis (NY) 473,579
7. Chris Bosh (Mia) 351,420
8. Kevin Love (Cle) 332,685
9. Hassan Whiteside (Mia) 301,362
10. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 84,617
11. Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 73,079
12. Joakim Noah (Chi) 48,509
13. DeMarre Carroll (Tor) 46,044
14. Marcin Gortat (Was) 43,496
15. Paul Millsap (Atl) 41,654

Guards
1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 941,466
2. Kyle Lowry (Tor) 646,441
3. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 580,651
4. Jimmy Butler (Chi) 564,637
5. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 444,868
6. John Wall (Was) 368,686
7. Derrick Rose (Chi) 302,389
8. Jeremy Lin (Cha) 195,920
9. Isaiah Thomas (Bos) 153,642
10. Reggie Jackson (Det) 76,688

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Carmelo Joins Eastern Starters In Latest All-Star Game Returns

Jan 14, 2016 1:06 PM

The current projected starters for the Eastern Conference for the All-Star Game are LeBron James, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving and Dwyane Wade.

Anthony has pulled ahead of Andre Drummond from the previous returns with 368,336 votes compared to 361,307.

In the Western Conference, Draymond Green continues to hold a narrow lead over Kawhi Leonard for the third frontcourt spot, joining Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Green's lead over Leonard is narrow with 499,947 votes against 487,626.

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Brandon Jennings Believes Draymond Green Better Than Blake Griffin
Brandon Jennings continued his campaign for Draymond Green to start for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game, Tweeting he's better than Blake Griffin.

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