Hall of Famers Pippen, Wilkins among legends participating
POSTED: Feb 5, 2015 7:43 PM ET
Inside The NBA: Shooting Stars Challenge
Shaq, Chris, Ernie, and Kenny announce the participants for the 2015 Shooting Stars Challenge.
NEW YORK — NBA All-Stars Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder headline the list of participants for the 2015 Degree® Shooting Stars, taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Saturday, Feb. 14.
TNT will exclusively televise the Degree® Shooting Stars, which features four teams composed of one current NBA player, one current WNBA player and an NBA legend competing in a two-round, timed shooting competition.
Bosh, an All-Star for the 10th consecutive season, is joined on one team by Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, who ranks 12th on the NBA's all-time scoring list, and four-time WNBA All-Star Swin Cash of the New York Liberty. Bosh, Wilkins and Cash are seeking their third consecutive Shooting Stars title.
Curry, who is making his second consecutive All-Star appearance, will compete for the second year in a row with his father, Dell Curry, who played 16 seasons in the NBA and won the league's Sixth Man Award in 1994. Eight-time WNBA All-Star Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm joins the father/son tandem. Stephen Curry, the top vote-getter in NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 presented by Sprint, will also participate in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night.
Davis, a two-time All-Star who leads the NBA in blocks and ranks among the top 10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage, teams with six-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and two-time WNBA All-Star Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky.
Westbrook, a four-time NBA All-Star, will be on a team with two-time All-NBA First Team selection Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, who played 14 seasons in the NBA, as well as Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever, a nine-time WNBA All-Star and five-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year.
The Degree® Shooting Stars includes four numbered shooting locations of increasing distance, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time. All four teams will compete in the first round, and the two teams with the fastest times advance to the championship round. The team that finishes all four shots in the least amount of time in the championship round will be declared the winner. Complete rules can be found at mediacentral.nba.com.
NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league's history for a global celebration of the game. The 64th NBA All-Star Game will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 13th straight year, marking Turner Sports' 30th year of All-Star coverage, as well as the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night. Other events at Barclays Center include the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA Development League Dream Factory presented by Boost Mobile on Sunday, Feb. 15, both airing on NBA TV. Madison Square Garden will host Friday night's ESPN-televised Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.
2015 Degree Shooting Stars Participants:
• Team Bosh: Chris Bosh (Mia); Dominique Wilkins (Legend); Swin Cash (New York Liberty)
• Team Curry: Stephen Curry (GS); Dell Curry (Legend); Sue Bird (Seattle Storm)
• Team Davis: Anthony Davis (NO); Scottie Pippen (Legend); Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky)
• Team Westbrook: Russell Westbrook (OKC); Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway (Legend); Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever)