The game’s brightest, most talented and quite often, the most entertaining players are coming to Toronto for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. From February 12 to 14, Toronto will play host its first ever All-Star Weekend and there is no doubt that it will be the best one yet.
I mean, how can it not be?
The newly introduced Team World vs. Team USA concept should be back as Rookie of the Year winner and the defending MVP of the event, Andrew Wiggins will look to defend his crown while thrilling his hometown crowd with his innate athleticism.
On the Saturday night stage, Team Bosh, Patrick Beverley, Zach LaVine and Stephen Curry will all attempt to go for a repeat.
Although it is not known at this point as to who will be competing against LaVine in Saturday night’s main event, Wiggins has been rumoured to be a name. The Toronto native will unquestionably be a crowd favourite and the sophomore out of Kansas has proven time and time again that he has all the hops and athleticism that it takes to take home the Slam Dunk Title.
The pogo stick that is Lavine may have wowed the fans in last year’s contest, but let’s try to not have any Mason Plumlees in this year’s competition.
As for the three point shooting competition, who knows who can even compete with Curry. With a final round score of 27, no one was even remotely close in 2015. Just another chance for Curry to further cement his spot amongst some of the greatest three point shooters of all time.
It is hard to believe that Curry has upped his game further this season, but when he is draining ridiculous shots like that, you got to think we are in for something special in February.
Last but not least, the All-Star Game itself. From LeBron, to Kevin Durant, to Toronto Raptors very own Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan the rosters will be star-studded, filled with players at different points in their own respective careers.
After a summer filled with excitement surrounding the Blue Jays and TFC, the electricity is running at an all time high in Toronto. Can you think of a better city to host the NBA All Star game festivities? I definitely cannot.
Punch your tickets to the show, because this is one event no body wants to miss. Especially if J.R. Smith is going to be defending his fashion show championship. Who knows, maybe Russell Westbrook will be in the running.