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NBA All-Star Weekend

As we dive into 2020, NBA All-Star weekend is just around the corner. Over the past three seasons, Miami has had just two players selected to participate in the All-Star game– Dwyane Wade last season and Goran Dragic in the 2017-18 campaign. Miami is now sitting among the top teams in the Eastern Conference and will look to match that number this season alone.

Potential All-Stars

Leading the way for Miami, Jimmy Butler is a sure-fire lock to make the team. The real question is if he will get the starting nod or not. Another player who could potentially receive a bid is Bam Adebayo. The Most Improved Player candidate is averaging career-highs in points (15.6), rebounds (10.7) and assists (4.5) while being a major key to Miami’s success this season. He’s one of the NBA’s best passing bigs, which could land him a spot in the NBA skills competition.

Both Butler and Adebayo’s stellar play is being recognized among the best in the league. Jimmy and Bam rank No. 6 and No. 9 respectively in Basketball-Reference’s latest MVP award tracker. If both players are selected, it will be the first time since the 2015-16 season in which Miami has more than one all-star (Wade/Bosh).

 

Rising Stars Challenge

Rookies Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro have been on fire. The young players have played critical minutes for the 25-9 Heat. Averaging 16 points per contest, Nunn trails only Ja Morant among rookie scoring. Herro is close behind them with 13 points per game. Nunn and Herro currently sit at 2nd and 3rd respectively in NBA.com’s latest Rookie Ladder. As a result of their consistent play, both players will likely represent Team USA in the rookie/sophomore challenge.

NBA Three Point Contest

Over the years, Miami has had great success in the NBA’s three-point shootout. A player representing the Miami Heat has won this contest a record four times (Glen Rice, Jason Kapono, Daequan Cook, James Jones). Most recently, Miami sent Wayne Ellington to the competition, but he fell short to Devin Booker. This year, Miami sharpshooter Duncan Robinson looks to take home a fifth three-point shooting title for the Heat. Currently fourth in the league with three’s made (108), Duncan has been one of the NBA’s most surprising players. He shoots 46.2% from downtown– the best percentage among any player with 55 or more three’s made.

NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Perhaps the most exciting event of NBA All-Star weekend is the dunk contest. The NBA’s high-flyers get an opportunity to wow the crowd with their creativity and athletic ability. Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. could have the opportunity to get redemption in the contest. During the 2017 dunk contest, he lost to Glenn Robinson III in the final round. The athletic wing has had some mind-boggling dunks this season. A recent dunk over two-time defending defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert had even Jones himself in disbelief.

 

The Heat have clearly been one of the NBA’s most exciting teams this season. With the possibility of having a player in each of the NBA’s events on All-Star weekend, Miami could send as many as six players to Chicago– an opportunity to add even more accomplishments to a team that has taken the league by storm.

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