All-Star Weekend is around the corner, and Friday another piece of the puzzle fell into place, as the NBA announced the lineups for the Shooting Stars competition on All-Star Saturday Night.
Shooting stars, you'll remember, is the competition that blends NBA legends, current NBA stars, and WNBA representatives for a game that's sort of like HORSE, but with points assigned to each hot spot on the floor. This year's teams hail from Houston, Atlanta, Orlando, and New York. The Lineups (via the NBA's Press Release):
Team Atlanta features the Atlanta Hawks’ Joe Johnson, who was named an All-Star for the sixth time this year; Lindsay Harding of the reigning WNBA Eastern Conference champion Atlanta Dream; and NBA TV analyst Steve Smith, an All-Star selection in 1998 with the Hawks and a member of the 2003 NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.
TEAM NEW YORK
Team New York is comprised of the New York Knicks’ Landry Fields, who will also play for Team Shaq in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend; the New York Liberty’s Cappie Pondexter, a four-time WNBA All-Star and one of the league’s top scorers; and former Knicks great Allan Houston, who averaged 17.3 points over his 12-year NBA career, and currently works in New York’s front office as an assistant general manager.
Team Texas is represented by the Houston Rockets’ Chandler Parsons, an Orlando-area native and second-round pick in 2011, who’s worked his way into the Rockets’ starting lineup as a rookie; the San Antonio Silver Stars’ Sophia Young, a four-time WNBA All-Star, who averaged 13.2 points and 6.4 rebounds in 2011; and TNT analyst Kenny Smith, a two-time NBA champion with the Houston Rockets (1994, 1995).
The home team includes the Orlando Magic’s Jameer Nelson, an All-Star in 2009; Florida native and three-time WNBA All-Star Marie Ferdinand-Harris; and former Magic great Dennis Scott, who spent seven seasons with Orlando after the team made him the fourth overall selection of the 1990 NBA Draft.
So, there you have it! The lineups are set and if nothing else, at least there'll be a Dennis Scott sighting. And hey, for all you gambling addicts out there, Team New York's gotta be favored, right?