James White: How Guard Can Help Lead to Big Weekend for New York Knicks

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IFebruary 16, 2013

November 20, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard James White (4) dunks against the New Orleans Hornets during the fourth quarter of a game at the New Orleans Arena. The Knicks defeated the Hornets 102-80. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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New York Knicks guard James White has a golden opportunity to shine on the big stage during this NBA All-Star weekend as a participant in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.

White is one of three Knicks players who could lead to a sweep of All-Star weekend for New York.

Steve Novak will be competing first in the Three-Point Shootout and has a great chance to win.

The 29-year-old is shooting at a 44 percent clip from beyond the arc this season, which is good enough to be tied for No. 2 in the NBA.

Granted, he might not be as effective anymore when he has a hand in his face during games, but there will be nobody guarding Novak in this contest.

Also involved in the festivities is Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony is a starter in the All-Star Game this year and should have ample opportunity to once again show everyone his skills. Although, it must be said that 'Melo could potentially have the worst odds of taking home MVP honors because he is battling an injury coming into the game.

In fact, it wasn't even certain he would play this Sunday night, but he will nonetheless. It remains to be seen just how much effect, if any, the injury will have on the star's minutes.

White has become a favorite in some circles to win the dunk competition.

The Cincinnati product is a 6'7'' guard who possesses great athleticism. Sure, it hasn't resulted in him having a successful NBA career as of yet, but he is only in his third season.

Regardless of his lacking resume, nothing will stop him from throwing down vicious slams on Saturday night. White will have a tall order in trying to bring something original to this event—he is certainly capable of doing so.

If he can steal the show and emerge victorious, Novak can win the three-point contest and 'Melo can take home All-Star Game MVP honors, this could be one huge weekend for the Knicks organization.