Updated: February 8, 2013, 12:14 am ET
All-Star weekend contest participants named
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
The NBA announced Thursday the participants in All-Star Saturday festivities. The competitors will be playing for points Feb. 16, when the events take place. Eastern Conference captain Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Western Conference captain Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers had a role in selecting the teams.
This is the first time the NBA has tried an overall points competition between the conferences.
Perhaps because of the captains or the competitive twist, the selections veer from the traditional big names, instead opting for more specialized players. Here’s the full list:
Slam dunk contest
In which players showcase creativity with dunks.
Eric Bledsoe, Los Angeles Clippers (West)
Jeremy Evans, Utah Jazz (West)
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets (West)
Gerald Green, Indiana Pacers (East)
Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors (East)
James White, New York Knicks (East)
In which players make three-pointers from five different spots around the arc.
Ryan Anderson, New Orleans Hornets (West): 147-for-370, 39.7%
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs (West): 32-for-76, 42.1%
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (West): 142-for-316, 44.9%
Paul George, Indiana Pacers (East): 108-for-279, 38.7%
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers (East): 78-for-182, 42.9%
Steve Novak, New York Knicks (East): 91-for-205, 44.4%
In which players dribble around obstacles, make tricky passes and end with a layup.
Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers (East)
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (West)
Jeremy Lin, Houston Rockets (West)
Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons (East)
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs (West)
Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks (East)
Shooting stars contest
In which one NBA player, one NBA legend and one WNBA player trade shots from different spots on the court, going for speed.
Team Bosh (East): Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins, Swin Cash
Team Harden (West): James Harden, Sam Cassell, Tina Thompson
Team Lopez (East): Brook Lopez, Muggsy Bogues, Tamika Catchings
Team Westbrook (West): Russell Westbrook, Robert Horry, Maya Moore
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