Even more than the All-Star Game itself, nobody watches the NBA All-Star Celebrity game for the basketball — it’s all about the star power.
This year the question is can any of those stars hit a four-point shot?
Yes, there’s going to be a four-point line in the second half — just like the one you may be familiar with from NBA 2K18. Ruffles potato chips is sponsoring the line (and the game) and will make a $4,000 donation to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund for each four-pointer made, with a minimum of $20,000 going to the charity.
The league has lined up some real star-power this year — and some guys who can play basketball. Maybe not as well as they used to, but they can play. You’ve got four former NBA players: Tracy McGrady, Nate Robinson, Paul Pierce, and “White Chocolate” Jason Williams. Then there are some WNBA players: Candace Parker of the L.A. Sparks and Stefanie Dolson of the Chicago Fire. Bubba Watson is coming from the PGA Tour stop at Pebble Beach to play.
Here are the four lineups, split into Team Lakers and Team Clippers (for the two teams who play at Staples Center, where the All-Star Game is Saturday).
Team Clippers: Anthony Anderson (ABC’s “black-ish”), Brandon Armstrong (actor, social media star impersonating NBA players), Miles Brown (ABC’s “black-ish”), Win Butler (Arcade Fire), Common (actor, recording artist), Andre De Grasse (Olympic sprinter), Stefanie Dolson (WNBA’s Chicago Sky), Jamie Foxx (actor, singer, musician), Paul Pierce (NBA legend, ESPN analyst), Dascha Polanco (actress, activist), Bubba Watson (two-time Masters champion) and Jason Williams (NBA legend).
Team Lakers: Sterling Brim (MTV’s “Ridiculousness”), Nick Cannon (actor, recording artist, star of MTV’s Wild’N Out), Terence Crawford (boxer), Rachel DeMita (NBA2KTV host, actress, model), Jerry Ferrara (STARZ’s “Power”), Marc Lasry (Milwaukee Bucks co-owner), Tracy McGrady (NBA legend, ESPN analyst), Caleb McLaughlin (Netflix’s “Stranger Things”), Candace Parker (WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks), Nate Robinson (NBA legend), Drew Scott (HGTV’s “Property Brothers”) and Kris Wu (actor, singer, music producer).
It should be entertaining, which is all we ask for. The game takes place Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. Eastern, you can watch it on ESPN.