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NBA All Star Day Predictions

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It's finally here guys!!! We've done our draft. If you missed it, check out my Instagram (akeem_nyjel). But we have picked teams, and this article is really gong to be centered around who we think will win each event. It'll also touch base with who drafted who, and which charity each of us has decided to donate to, pending results.

NBA Skills Challenge

The Skills Challenge field will include Chris Paul, Luka Doncic, Robert Covington, Julius Randle, Domantas Sabonis, and Nikola Vucevic.

The Skills Challenge field will include Chris Paul, Luka Doncic, Robert Covington, Julius Randle, Domantas Sabonis, and Nikola Vucevic.

Phil’s Pick

They call him POINT GOD for a reason!!!!!!! This event is made for CP3 aka CHRIS PAUL. Passing, dribbling, and scoring he is the avatar of PGs lmao. Master of all three elements. Plus it would be nice to add it to his long resume.

Akeem’s Pick

I'm gonna go with Luka on this one. He's been playing very well. Plus I'm always rooting for the young guys to make a big impact. Since he's already done that, winning this would be the icing on the cake.

3 Point Contest

The NBA 3 point contest will have Devin Booker, Jaylen Brown, Steph Curry, Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell, and Zach Lavine. (Mike Conley will replace injured Devin Booker)

The NBA 3 point contest will have Devin Booker, Jaylen Brown, Steph Curry, Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell, and Zach Lavine. (Mike Conley will replace injured Devin Booker)

Phil’s Pick

We here at Baller Central analyze and discuss sports being unbiased as possible. With that being said I am going with a Celtic to win the contest but which one you may ask? JAYLEN BROWN WILL WIN. I know you have three point specialist Steph Curry in there along with other shooters but Jaylen Brown will pull of the upset. MARK MY WORDS.

Akeem’s Pick

So.. Should I address how Phil literally is going based off of bias? No? Fine, I won't. But in all honestly, I think D-Book could pull this off. Book is hungry for this one. Especially since most people think he deserved to be in the all star game as a starter... That fuel of being snubbed should add to him wanting to win.


*Edit... Since this was written, its been stated that Mike Conley is going to replace Devin Booker due to a right knee sprain. So I am going to have to change my pick to Stephen Curry. It's only right I go with old faithful. Which sounds weird to say because he's barely over 30. But I feel like he can pull this one off.

Dunk Contest

The dunk contest will surprisingly have three participants this year with Obi Toppin, Afernee Simons, and Cassius Stanley. Judges will be Dominique Wilkins, Spud Webb, Jason Richardson, Dee Brown, and Josh Smith.

The dunk contest will surprisingly have three participants this year with Obi Toppin, Afernee Simons, and Cassius Stanley. Judges will be Dominique Wilkins, Spud Webb, Jason Richardson, Dee Brown, and Josh Smith.

Phil’s Pick

This isn’t the most star studded dunk contest we’ve seen but all three of these guys have one thing..... ATHLETICISM. We will see some crazy dunks but I have one man winning this contest. CASSIUS STANLEY FROM THE PACERS. We’ve seen this man’s bounce from high school from multiple hoop Mixtapes and even from his collegiate career. This might not be the greatest dunk contest but I have him doing enough to get the W.

Akeem’s Pick

This might be the first year where I can honestly say I don't know anyone that's competing. I don't know if that means I'm out of touch with basketball this year, or the people I expected to be in the contest just haven't done much of anything. Either way, I'm going to go with who Phil chose because I feel like he knows about all of them. I don't want to comment on something I'm not knowledgeable on.

NBA All Star Game

Team Durant (above) and Team Lebron (below) will play Sunday night. (Mike Conley will replace injured Devin Booker)

Team Durant (above) and Team Lebron (below) will play Sunday night. (Mike Conley will replace injured Devin Booker)

Phil’s Pick

DO YOU SEE LEBRON’s starting LINEUP?!?!?!?!! That alone gives Lebron the W. Anyone in that lineup can run PG and run the offense which is scary. Plus KD isn’t even playing so that is a huge hit. Plus Devin Booker is out as well so it’s going to be a long night for team KD.

Akeem’s Pick

I honestly think it's unfair. Look at LeBron's first 3 picks. Giannis, Steph, and Luka. Giannis by himself is a walking cheat code. Steph cab essentially shoot from anywhere on the court. And Luka, well there doesn't need to be anything said about his game. It's been speaking for him since he got in the league. I absolutely have LeBron winning this. Like is that even a question?

Team Phil vs Team Akeem

With the second Baller Central draft in the books here is how it shaped out.

With the second Baller Central draft in the books here is how it shaped out.

Phil’s Speech

I had one gameplan coming into the draft....... PISS OFF AKEEM. I chose two players he loves in hoping it would throw him off and I think it paid off. Giannis and Curry is already on team Lebron so I hope that gamble pays off. I am very confident in my team and hope it pays off sunday.

Akeem’s Speech

It's very clear that Phil's main goal was to get under my skin. But he ruined it when he told me I wasn't going to be happy with his first pick. So I already knew it was coming. And to be honest, I can't blame him. I would have picked Giannis first too. It's the smart choice to want to build the team around him. Evident when LeBron picked him too. But anyway, I like my team. I tried to mix it up with some people I wouldn't normally pick. I took a gamble with some picks, but others I know will be super solid and [produce like they would in a regular season game. I am a little upset that he managed to get Embiid and Simmons, but I'll survive because I have people to combat the two of them.

Our Charities

Phil’s is the American Civil Liberties Union and Akeem’s is the Trevor Project.

Phil’s is the American Civil Liberties Union and Akeem’s is the Trevor Project.

About the Charities

ALCU - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeks to ensure constitutional freedoms for every gender, race, and sexual orientation. You can help the ACLU take action as its members continue to lobby for systemic change across the country. Common issues addressed include free speech, human rights, racial injustice, and criminal justice. The ACLU is composed of hundreds of attorneys and thousands of volunteers who are committed to protecting civil liberties in the country.


Trevor Project - Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Now the teams have been drafted. And we can finally sit back and watch the game to see which of our teams will come out on top. Will it be Team Phil or Team Akeem? Find out next week...on Dragon Ball Z!!!! Sorry guys, I couldn't resist. Don't cancel us!!!

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