Since the NBA added the Skills Challenge in 2003, no player has managed to win that, the 3-point shootout and the dunk contest. But when Damian Lillard attempted all three in 2014, he proved one player could potentially sweep All-Star Saturday. So using a combination of on-court statistical measures, video game ratings and the eye test, we selected the players who have the total package. Then we had sculpture artist Plastic Cell build them. Because players this talented are truly works of art.
Paul George Featuring Anti-Gravity Mode!
The LA Clippers forward hasn't had much success in the 3-point contest, finishing with 10 points in 2013 and 9 in 2018. But he is a career 38% 3-point shooter who topped 40% in 2017-18. So he's capable of knocking them down. He also performed well in his two dunk contest appearances, though he failed to come away with an individual trophy either time. And while George has never done the Skills Challenge, the noted NASA fan possesses the otherworldly skills necessary to run that course too.
Blake Griffin Now With Piston-Powered Car-Jumping Action!
Back when Griffin leaped over a Kia and into the All-Star Weekend history books, it would have been foolish to suggest that he stood a chance in Saturday's two other events. However, he developed his all-around game significantly before getting hurt this season. He's averaged more than 5 assists per game the past two seasons while dramatically improving his 3-point shooting. After making just 23% of his shots beyond the arc in his first four seasons, Griffin has shot 35% from distance over the past five.
LeBron James All-New King James Edition!
The biggest reason to doubt James' chances of an All-Star Saturday sweep? You have to suit up to win. James has teased about entering the dunk contest but reversed course every time. His end-to-end speed and precision passing make him a natural for the Skills Challenge, and he's been a capable 3-point shooter at times, topping out at 40.6% in 2012-13. As for dunks? Well, there's a reason that even at 35 years old, James remains one of the most requested dunk contest participants among fans.
Zach LaVine Special Chicago Homecoming Variant!
LaVine put on two of the best performances in dunk contest history in winning back-to-back titles, but in the three years since, he's become a far more well-rounded player. Just last season, he handed out a career best 4.5 assists per game, and earlier this season, he made 13 3-pointers in a game, a number topped in NBA history by only Klay Thompson. It would be hard to imagine him not putting on his best show for his hometown Chicago crowd.
Damian Lillard With Series-Ending Goodbye Wave Action!
Lillard tried in 2014 to turn All-Star Saturday into extended Dame Time but came up short, winning just one of the three events. It would be great to see him take another run at it, particularly with the dunk contest back to its traditional individual format, instead of the ill-fated team format the NBA used when Lillard entered in 2014. Maybe the NBA can add a rap-battle competition to All-Star Saturday so Lillard can add another event to his already crowded calendar.
Michael Jordan Featuring Clutch Time Tongue-Wagging Action!
With the All-Star Game in Chicago, we had to pay homage to the GOAT. MJ had the all-around game -- and competitive drive -- to put together an All-Star Saturday sweep in his prime. Jordan was the first person to win back-to-back dunk contest titles. He also tied a record in his only 3-point shootout attempt. (The record was for lowest score in a round. It's still a record.) The head-to-head format of the Skills Challenge would only serve to fuel his competitive juices.