Point guard Russell Westbrook and former Thunder teammate James Harden will reunite while representing the Western Conference in the Shooting Stars competition of All-Star Saturday Night on Feb. 16 at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Also representing the West will be Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx and the Seattle Storm’s Tina Thompson, plus former NBA players Sam Cassell and Robert Horry, who played a combined 31 seasons in the league and won 10 NBA championships. Cassell and Horry were teammates on a Houston Rockets team that won back-to-back titles in 1994-95.
Representing the Eastern Conference are Miami’s Chris Bosh and Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez, Chicago’s Swin Cash and Indiana’s Tamika Catchings of the WNBA and former players Muggsy Bogues and Dominique Wilkins.
In last year’s competition, Team New York featuring Landry Fields, Allan Houston and Cappie Pondexter defeated the Team Texas squad of Chandler Parsons, Sophia Young and Kenny Smith.
Shooting Stars features one current NBA player, one current WNBA player and an NBA legend on each team. There are six numbered shooting locations of increasing difficulty, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time. Each team will select a specific player rotation to follow throughout the competition. Each shot must be made before the next player begins shooting in succession. Teams have up to two minutes to complete the entire shooting course.
The NBA All-Star Game is Feb. 17. Four-time All-Star Kevin Durant of the Thunder was voted as a West starter for the third straight year while Westbrook was chosen as a reserve for the third straight year.
- John Rohde