The 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto was an action-packed and highlight-filled event, but who had the most memorable performance?
5. Win Butler
Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler is now known for more than just his ability to produce great music, he’s also got some skills on the court. The lead singer dazzled during the All-Star Celebrity Game, and not only scored 15 points, but also grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Canada, who were coached by Drake, to a 74-64 win over the Kevin Hart-led USA.
4. Russell Westbrook
It might be controversial to put Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook fourth on this list considering that he won the MVP award for his strong showing during Sunday’s All-Star Game, but there were others who grabbed the headlines more than he did. That doesn’t mean Westbrook’s magnificent performance went unnoticed though, as he scored 31 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out five assists and recorded five steals to lead the West to a 196-173 win over the East.
3. Paul George
Had the East beaten the West in the All-Star Game, there is no doubt that Indiana Pacers forward Paul George would have been crowned MVP as he was in red-hot form throughout the game. George scored 41 points on 16 of 26 shooting and pulled down five rebounds. George missed last year’s event due to the sickening leg injury he suffered during USA basketball scrimmage in Las Vegas in August 2014, but made his comeback with a near record-breaking performance as he was only two points shy of breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s mark for the most points scored in an All-Star Game.
2. Zach LaVine
There is no doubt that Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves has brought the spark back to the Slam Dunk Contest. He certainly did in 2015 and he wooed fans in Toronto once again this year with an array of eye-popping dunks that will not be soon forgotten. However, even though he did retain his title, LaVine’s performance was bettered by the man who claimed the top spot on this list.
1. Aaron Gordon
There has been a lot of debate about whether Aaron Gordon should consider himself unlucky not to have won the Slam Dunk Contest. Gordon was involved in an intense duel with LaVine that will definitely live on through the ages, with the Orlando Magic power forward pulling off some mind-blowing dunks that left the crowd in awe. Furthermore, Gordon’s dunks were original and creative, and he pushed his performance to the next level by paying tribute to a number of NBA greats, including Vince Carter and Karl Malone.