Typically, the All-Star Game on Sunday is dominated by the most prominent players. But if you look close enough, every event this weekend is sprinkled with a low-key baller or two who's planning on making a statement rather than just enjoying the long weekend.
Take a look at some of the most fit and under-the-radar ballers who are almost a lock to dazzle the crowd in their respective events.
Where to see him: Celebrity Game (Friday 7 p.m. ET)
The miniature point guard is no stranger to NBA All-Star Weekend. Robinson is the only three-time Dunk Contest champ. Add that with his burning passion to still be in the league, and Robinson may treat this game more like an open tryout.
During his NBA days, Robinson may have been under 200lbs, but he’s built like a tank and often shows off his insane physique on his Instagram.
Where to see him: JBL Three-Point Contest (Saturday 8 p.m. ET) & All-Star Game (Sunday 8 p.m. ET)
Lowry may not be the casual fan’s favorite player, but that’s OK because he's always been an underdog. Despite his size, the 6’ point guard competes at an extremely high level and has tuned himself into a four-time All-Star.
Although Lowry isn’t a pure shooter, he had a three-point percentage of 41% last year and 38% so far this season.
In addition to his sheer talent, Lowry really ascended to another level when he completely revamped his body during the summer of 2015; he returned to training camp with 4.3% body fat after he dropped 10lbs, according to ESPN.
Where to see him: Mountain Dew Rising Stars Game (Friday 7 p.m. ET) & Verizon Slam Dunk Contest (Saturday 8 p.m. ET)
Although Mitchell is making his All-Star Weekend debut at the dunk contest, the University of Louisville product appears to be on a path to the big game on Sunday in years to come.
The 21-year-old has been jumping out of the gym through his fist 50-plus games as an NBA player. Mitchell, at 6’3”, may be a bit short to be an NBA shooting guard, but he shares the body type and some of the skills of future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade.
Mitchell will participate in the dunk contest, which is the rawest display of pure athleticism throughout the entire weekend.
Where to see him: Verizon Slam Dunk Contest (Saturday 8 p.m. ET) & All-Star Game (Sunday 8 p.m. ET)
Oladipo was already in pretty good shape heading into this season, but that didn’t stop him from getting even more shredded. He transformed his body with a strict nutritional routine, a weightlifting program, and on-court drills, and it has clearly paid off.
The Indiana Pacers guard is currently enjoying his best statistical season while leading his team to sixth place in the Eastern Conference (as of February 14).
In addition to being able to pull off 360° dunks in games, Oladipo may show his ability to sing—like he did in the 2015 Dunk Contest. Lucky for us, we get to see him twice this weekend.
Where to see him: All-Star Game (Sunday 8 p.m. ET)
The Minnesota Timberwolves have rode the broad shoulders of Butler right into playoff contention in the Western Conference. Butler, like Oladipo, completely dedicated himself in the summer to improving his body, and is reaping the benefits this season.
In addition to his superior on-court skills, the Marquette product plays with a fiery competitive spirit. If you had to bet that anyone would play defense in an offensively overpowered All-Star Game, Butler would be a great pick.