If you didn’t already know, there will be no Toronto Raptors playing in Atlanta Sunday night during the 2021 NBA All-Star game for the first time since 2013. Not only that, but there are also zero Raptors featured in the Dunk Contest, Three-Point Shootout, or the Skills Challenge this year. But don’t worry Raptor fans, we got you covered. There’s no better time to reflect on the past and remember some amazing All-Star Weekend performances from some really gifted and talented players. Featuring Vince Carter, Kyle Lowry and more, check out the top five Raptor All-Star weekend moments.
Vince Carter 2001 All-Star Game
Just a year after Vince Carter shocked the world in the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, Carter put on another dunking exhibition during the 2001 NBA All-Star game in Oakland, CA.
The sideline view of Carter’s baseline 360 dunk never gets old.
Terrence Ross 2013 Dunk Contest
Back in 2013, a rookie by the name of Terrence Ross stole the show during the NBA Slam Dunk contest in Houston. Ross even paid tribute to Carter, rocking his jersey for the highlight dunk of the night.
This was one of those eye-popping moments for Raptors’ fans that showed the Ross had the potential to be a really good player in the NBA.
Jason Kapono 2008 Three-Point Shootout
Former Raptors’ sharpshooter Jason Kapono competed in three straight Three-Point Shootouts from 2007 to 2009 and even won back-to-back in New Orleans in 2008. Kapono caught fire in the final round and finished with a score of 25, which was the record high under the old scoring format of the Three-Point Shootout.
Kapono is also one of only six players in NBA history to win more than one Three-Point contest.
Vince Carter 2000 Slam Dunk Contest
This was one of those rare moments in the history of the NBA All-Star Weekend where hype and expectations were sky high, and Vince Carter still exceeded those expectations.
Really, Carter’s performance in Atlanta back in 2000 kind of spoiled fans’ expectations for years to come.
Kyle Lowry 2020 All-Star Game
Team Giannis may not have won the 2020 All-Star game in Chicago, but like always, Kyle Lowry still showed the willingness to do whatever it takes to win. Defence is usually an afterthought in the All-Star game but Lowry drew two charges on James Harden on Kawhi Leonard.
This game also featured a new format to honour the late, great Kobe Bryant and it was really one of the most entertaining and competitive All-Star games in a long time.
Honourable Mention: Kyle Lowry Actually Dunked
Kyle Lowry hasn’t attempted a dunk in an NBA game since his sophomore season way back in 2007-2008 when he was with the Memphis Grizzlies.
This doesn’t count as an official dunk in his career box score but North Philly’s Finest showed he can get up when he wants to in the 2015 All-Star Game.