Who Draymond picks to win NBA All-Star dunk, 3-point contests


As a four-time NBA All-Star himself, Draymond Green is very familiar with the festivities surrounding the star-studded weekend jam-packed with basketball.

The Warriors veteran didn't get a nod this season, but he'll be flashing his media chops as he joins TNT's "Inside the NBA" crew to call the 2023 All-Star Game this Sunday on TBS.

With All-Star Weekend's 3-point and dunk contests set for Saturday, Green took to his podcast Tuesday to predict who will win. His answers weren't too surprising, as both players he picked are familiar faces for Green.

Of 3-point contest participants Tyler Herro, Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Kevin Huerter, Damian Lillard, Lauri Markkanen, Julius Randle and Jayson Tatum, Green went with his good friend Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers -- but also picked a dark horse.

"I got Dame D.O.L.L.A. winning the 3-point contest," Green said on "The Draymond Green Show," referring to Lillard's rap name. "But I will tell you a dark horse in this because he does not jump on his shot. It's just pick up here, the funny release.

"Tyrese Haliburton is a dark horse because it's just not much motion in his shot. It's not much knee bend ... So, he's a dark horse, but I'm taking Dame D.O.L.L.A. to win it."

Lillard, of course, is one of the most prolific 3-point shooters in NBA history. This year's 3-point contest marks his third time participating, though he has yet to win.


And as for Green's dunk contest prediction, the player he chose to win is a name Dub Nation has heard before. From the pool of Trey Murphy III, Jericho Sims, Mac McClung and Kenyon Martin Jr., Green picked McClung.

"We have watched Mac McClung for years, crazy dunks," Green said. "Dude Mac McClung, after these years in the G League, in that grind, still got the same legs. I played with Mac. We had him in training camp this year, and he showed me a couple times, like, 'Oh, I still got it.' So that's going to be interesting.

"My pick for this one, I'm going to go Mac McClung."

In October, McClung went viral during a Warriors preseason game in Japan with a thunderous pregame dunk -- likely one of the moments he showed Green just what he's capable of.

Golden State waived McClung just a couple of days later, but the 24-year-old joined the Philadelphia 76ers this week on a two-way contract.

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McClung will look to make a name for himself during Saturday's dunk contest, and that shouldn't be difficult if Green's prediction pans out.

And after the All-Star break, the Warriors certainly hope Green and the rest of his teammates are well rested and ready to finish out the season's second half on a high note.

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