New Orleans, Louisiana was this years host to the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities and the hype was lived up to in some aspects, and disappointing in others. With the flair of the New Orleans atmosphere, many were in awe of how the Skills Competition, 3-point shootout, dunk contest and overall all-star game unfolded. Although the competitions are criticized because certain players don’t participate, the weekend was exciting and filled with fun to say the least. So lets break it down:
Kristaps Porzingis solidified his “Unicorn” nickname by gracefully winning the Skills Competition Saturday night. Porzingis is the second 7-footer to win this event, coming after Karl Anthony-Towns was victorious the year before. With the ability to swiftly weave in and out of traffic and the finesse to shoot the long ball, Porzingis was able to edge out Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz to take home the gold.
Eric Gordon was not a name included with the favorites to win the 3-point shootout, but he proved himself to be a marksman in the contest. Gordon set the bar high in the first round with a total of 25 points, leading the field. With the Splash Brother Klay Thompson not in the finals, Gordon was able to out-shoot Kyrie Irving in the final to take home his first 3-point competition trophy.
Another unlikely favorite won as Glenn Robinson III leapfrogged his way into dunk contest history. First Robinson jumped over a man holding a man, next he jumped over his teammate Paul George, the mascot and a cheerleader. Robinson III pulled away from the phenom Derrick Jones with back to back perfect scores in the final round of competition.
To cap it off in the Big Easy, the hometown representative stole the show. Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans posted an All-Star Game record for points scored with 52 as he took home game MVP honors. “It was fun” said Davis, “they wanted me to score 50”. Davis scored 20 points in the fourth quarter as he propelled the win into the lead late. Davis put on for his city as he took home the MVP and win for the West.