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2012 NBA All-Star Weekend: Atlanta Shooting Stars Roster Announced

One of the many events of the NBA's All-Star Weekend is the Haier Shooting Stars competition, in which three-member teams composed of current players from both the NBA and the WNBA as well as former players face off against each other in a shooting competition. The All-Star game is being played in Orlando this season and Orlando has their own team, but Atlanta has a team competing in the Shooting Stars tournament as well along with Texas and New York.

Team Atlanta is composed of current Hawks guard Joe Johnson, who is playing in his sixth All-Star game, Lindsey Harding, a member of the Atlanta Dream, the WNBA's reigning Eastern Conference champions, and Steve Smith, a former All-Star with the Hawks in 1998 and a member of the 2003 NBA Championship winning Spurs.

The competition works as follows:

There are six numbered shooting locations of increasing difficulty, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time. Each team will select a specific player rotation to follow throughout the competition. Each shot must be made before the next player begins shooting in succession. Teams have up to two minutes to complete the entire shooting course and the team that completes all six shots in the least amount of time is declared the winner. In the case of a tie, a shoot-off will be used to determine the winner.

If Atlanta wins, they will be the first city to have a repeat champion. Team Atlanta won in 2011 with Steve Smith, Atlanta Dream star Coco Miller and the Hawks' Al Horford.

For more on the Hawks, head to Peachtree Hoops, and for more on the All-Star game, head to SB Nation Atlanta's stream.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.