This year was the 2020-2021 All-Star Game in Atlanta. If you don’t know about the All-Star Game, it is basically a game where the NBA gathers all of the best players in the league to either play with each other or against each other. This year, the two All-Star captains were LeBron James and Kevin Durant because they each got the most votes in their divisions (East and West). James and Durant each got to draft their starters and reserves for their All-Star team. For every quarter an All-Star team won, they got $100,000 dollars donated to charity. Anyways, today I will tell you about some of the All-Stars performances this year.
Team LeBron’s starters were LeBron James Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, and Nikola Jokic. Team LeBron’s reserves were Jaylen Brown, Paul George, Rudy Gobert, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Ben Simmons, and Domontas Sabonis. Team Durants starters were Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Jayson Tatum, and Zion Williamson. Team Durants reserves were Mike Conley, James Harden, Zach LaVine, Donavan Mitchell, Julius Randle, and Nikola Vucevic.
We can start with the Greek Freak who has won 2 MVPs (Most Valuable Player Awards) has been in the All-Star game 4 times. His name is Giannis Antetokounmpo, this year he won All-Star MVP going 16 for 16 from the field which means he didn’t miss a shot and ended up scoring a whopping 35 points. He was one, if not THE best performer in the All-Star Game. He was on team LeBron and in addition to his 35 points, Giannis had 3 assists and 7 rebounds. He leads his team to victory with Team LeBron winning all 4 quarters against Team Durant.
On the other hand, we have some pretty embarrassing moments in the All-Star game. All of these players are amazing but sometimes, they did some pretty hilarious things in this year’s Star game. Zion Williamson was 1-5 and missed 4 dunks and shots around the basket! This is very unlike him because he is usually a dunking machine but this game, I guess the nerves got to him. Another player that did something pretty funny was Stephen Curry. This wasn’t something bad though, Steph played great in the All-Star game he was very animated and had many hilarious moments and celebrations.
Some facts about the all-star game are that there were four All-Stars that sat out including Kevin Durant (injured team captain), Joel Emid (covid test), Anthoney Davis (injured), and Devin Booker (injury). Another fact is that Gladys Knight sang that national anthem. The winner of this year’s dunk contest was Anfernee Simons. The winner of the 3-point contest was Stephen Curry. The winner of this year’s skill challenge was Domantas Sabonis. The last facts are that Team LeBron’s coach was Quinn Snyder of the Utah Jazz and the coach of Team Durant was Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76er’s.