Feb 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Television personality and comedian Kevin Hart reacts as he holds the MVP trophy after the 2013 NBA all star celebrity game at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Celebrity All-Star Game Preview: Team Simmons Vs. Team Rose

As always, this year’s NBA Celebrity All-Star Game is guaranteed entertainment. Whether it be due to the unexpected athleticism or lack thereof that this year’s group of stars possess, the event never fails to provide plenty of laughs to its viewers.

Kevin Hart has taken home the MVP twice previously and is not shy about his desires to make it three consecutive. Unfortunately for Hart, he has been named MVP due to his antics on and off the court rather than his play. With that said, nobody is trying to make this out to be a fundamentally sound basketball game, or if they are, they deserve to be seriously questioned.

Despite all of the attention that Hart draws wherever he is due to his booming comedy career, this may very well be the year someone replaces him on the throne. Bruce Bowen is an easy favorite and by far the best player that will take the court during this game. The 3-time NBA champion was known for his defense and corner threes, but if he wants to, he should be able to score at will against this level of competition.

WNBA stars Skylar Diggins and Elena Delle Donne are two others that come to mind. Both are capable of putting up huge numbers against much better competition, so if they truly want to, which seems unlikely, they could easily outplay Hart.

ESPN analysts Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose will play the roles as opposing coaches. Given their rock solid friendship, pinning them against each other should be interesting in itself. With that said, here are the participants in this year’s NBA Celebrity All-Star Game.

  • Kevin Hart – Comedian/Actor
  • Bruce Bowen – 3-time NBA Champion/ESPN Analyst
  • Skylar Diggins – WNBA star for Tulsa Shock
  • Elena Delle Donne – WNBA star for Chicago Sky
  • Nick Cannon – Actor/Host of “America’s Got Talent”
  • Mike Greenberg – Host of ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike”
  • Mike Golic – Host of ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike”
  • Jesse Williams – “Grey’s Anatomy” star
  • Arne Duncan – U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Erin Heatherton – Victoria’s Secret Model
  • Kristen Ledlow – Co-host of “NBA Inside Stuff” on NBA TV
  • Columbus Short – “Scandal” star
  • Terrence Jenkins – “E! News” Anchor
  • Stan Verrett – ESPN Anchor
  • Michael B. Jordan – “That Awkward Moment” star

Clearly, the game will feature some talented and some not-so-talented athletes, but some of the biggest stars on television and on the big screen will grace us with their presence on the court.

Game Info: Airing on TNT; 7:00 EST

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