The NBA’s All-Star Celebrity game is the kick starter to All-Star Weekend, and the rosters got announced Thursday morning.
As with every celebrity game before it, this year’s matchup features its fair share of big-name actors and actresses, retired NBA and WNBA players and even a couple of multi-hundred millionaires.
ESPN’s Michael Smith and Jemele Hill are the coaches of the two teams, with Smith heading the West and Hill taking the East.
The West has NBA comeback hopeful Baron Davis, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and WNBA superstar Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks as their representatives of the sport. Alongside them are recording artists Master P, Lil’ Romeo and Andy Grammer, and celebrity chef Aaron Sanches.
Miles Brown (Black-ish), Tom Cavanaugh (Scrubs), Jiang Jinfu (model), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Captain America) and Hasan Minhaj (comedian) round out Smith’s squad.
Hill’s team also has some talented ex-professional ball players including, five-time WNBA All-Star Lindsay Whalen, Jason “White Chocolate” Williams, former D-Leaguer Brandon Armstrong (a.k.a the NBA impersonator) and Oscar Schmidt, who’s the best basketball player you’ve never heard of. There’s also Marc Lasry, who’s co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Nick Cannon, Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), NBA 2K’s 2KTV star Rachel DeMita, Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things), HOT 97’s Peter Rosenberg, Win Butler (musician) and Kris Wu (recording artist) round out the East’s team.
My prediction: East comes out on top, but Kevin Hart storms the court for the West and leads a valiant comeback just so he can try and take home the MVP award. Also, any team with Nick Cannon should automatically be favorited.
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