Ryan Hollins blog: All-Star thoughts, predictions

Ryan Hollins shares his thoughts on this year's All-Star weekend.

This year’s All-Star line up is interesting. The West it pretty deep, but there are always guys that miss out that you want to see in there.

This year is highlighted by all of the first-time All-Stars that will be able to show the world their talent and continue to build a name for themselves. It’s pretty amazing that Damian Lillard will be competing in all of the competitions.

It’s pretty much his coming-out party, as a rising star in the league and has Portland playing really well. I have him wining the skills challenge.

This year’s 3-point contest is going to be exciting — one of the deepest fields in a while. I’m going to go with Stephen Curry winning. He has such and easy release, I can see him running away with it.

I am not really excited about the new format of the Dunk Contest. I understand that there is an effort to restore it to the level of excitement it once had. If it works out and helps the game, I’m ok with it. I’m a believer of the old school format, letting the guys get out there dunking and selecting a winner.

I do like that they removed the props, though I’m not a fan of the East vs West format. I think the contest needs the star power that it had in the past. It would do wonders for the game. Maybe there needs to be new incentives for winning.

All things considered, I think Paul George will win. His in-game dunks are crazy. He’s easily top five in the NBA right now.