Ansel Elgort, Anthony Mackie Highlight Actors Lacing Up for NBA All-Star Celebrity Game


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The has released the teams for its All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game and as always, both lineups are bursting with actors looking do something other than what they’re famous for.

In the past, this game featured stars such as Jason Sudeikis, Sarah Silverman and four-time MVP Kevin Hart. This year’s match-up may not feature any those funny people, but there will be plenty of ballers on the court, including , and of Stranger Things. Expect the latter to match up against Black-ish star , since they’re both young kids.

This year, Michael Smith and Jemele Hill (the co-hosts of SportsCenter’s 6 p.m. show) will serve as the guest coaches for the West and East teams, respectively.

Here are the full rosters:

Michael Smith’s West Team
Tom Cavanagh (actor)
(Dallas Mavericks owner)
Baron Davis ( legend)
Andy Grammer (recording artist)
Jiang Jinfu (actor, model)
Romeo Miller (actor, recording artist)
Hasan Minhaj (actor, comedian)
Master P (actor, recording artist)
Candace Parker ( Sparks)
Aarón Sánchez (celebrity chef)

Coaches:  host Michael Smith, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, personality Rocsi Diaz

Jemele Hill’s East Team
Brandon Armstrong (former D-League player and star)
(actor, recording artist)
Rachel DeMita (2K personality)
(actor, recording artist)
Marc Lasry (Milwaukee Bucks owner)
Peter Rosenberg (media personality)
Oscar Schmidt (Basketball legend)
Lindsay Whalen (WNBA player)
Jason Williams ( legend)
Kris Wu (recording artist)

Coaches:  host Jemele Hill, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, recording artist Fat Joe

The celebrity game is the most underrated part of All-Star weekend. The Dunk Contest and the Three-Point Shootout are both fun, but what makes this game so great is there are famous people who do not make their living playing basketball hitting the hardwood with other celebs.

It’s always interesting to find out who can actually play and who’s just there for show, and because many of these players have experience on the court, we find out very quickly who has probably never touched a basketball before.

As an Avenger, Mackie will be one of the most recognizable actors playing in the game, so all eyes will be on him to see if he can bring his heroics to the court. Can he compete with the legends of this game, such as Kevin Hart and Chris Tucker, and more importantly, will he be able to lead his team to victory?

The truth is, all we ever want from a game like this are a viral video or two showcasing great individual moments — for example, this incredible clip of Justin Bieber getting checked into the boards during a celebrity hockey game:

We shouldn’t expect anything this violent in the , but regardless of whether the East or the West prevails, it’s that will hopefully be the winner.

 Matt Hornick | Editorial Intern

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