The NBA All-Stars are set and Duke is well represented with Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving, Boston’s Jayson Tatum and New Orleans’ Zion Williamson all named.
In addition, Utah’s Quin Snyder will coach against Doc Rivers, the father and father-in-law, respectively, of former Blue Devils Austin Rivers and Seth Curry.
Williamson’s New Orleans’ teammate Brandon Ingram was on the shortlist but didn’t make it.
Three other former ACC players made it as well: Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell, who now plays for Snyder in Utah, Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon, currently with Indiana and Wake’s Chris Paul, who is now 35 and a Phoenix Sun.
Last year, the NBA changed things up and let LeBron James and Kevin Durant pick players, playground style, which could get interesting.
Will James pick Irving, his one-time teammate with Cleveland, before Durant does? Who’s off the board first between the three Duke representatives? In a game where traditionally no defense is played, how much fun will it be to watch Williamson?
Also fun: this year, like last year, will have an Elam Ending.