The NBA All-Star game is finally back in Charlotte, and some of the world’s most popular athletes – and other celebrities – will be in the city this weekend.
We asked area high school basketball players – guys and the ladies – their thoughts on the different aspects of the All-Star Game, as well as the league in general. Here are some of the findings:
• Though both the Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker and Davidson College grad Stephen Curry are on Team Giannis (Antetokounmpo), most players thought Team LeBron (James) has the better roster. James’ team includes Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and reigning MVP James Harden.
• It was no surprise Curry, owner of most 3-point shooting records, was the pick to win that contest, but Dirk Nowitzki and Devin Booker each got 5.5 percent of the vote via write-ins.
• One of the NBA’s most versatile scorers for more than a decade, Durant was chosen as the player most wanted to have the ball in his hands down 1 point with 10 seconds left. And likely joking, JaVale McGee – whose career average is 7.8 points per game – was chosen by one person to have the ball in this situation.
• One of the respondents said they were for sure attending one of the events – tickets to Saturday and Sunday events cost in the thousands online – and 20 percent were still holding out hope on landing a seat.
• Just because you play a sport, doesn’t mean you love watching it, but basketball was overwhelmingly the favorite, with football getting 13.9 percent of the vote.
Methodology: The link to the survey was sent Feb. 8 to 19 boys and girls basketball coaches in the Lake Norman Publications coverage area via SurveyMonkey. Thirty-six anonymous responses were submitted between Feb 8-12. Some of the responses in the rules question had multiple items, and each of those were counted separately, which created a variance in the graph's proportions from the rest of the data.