After the 2021 All-Star Game, what time is it? As far as Top Shot is concerned, it’s gotta be Dame Time.
If there’s an argument in support of the immense popularity of NBA Top Shot in recent months, it’s that the company has the ability to innovate in real-time, giving customers what they want right when they want it. With Top Shot dealing in virtual highlights, they’ll be in a better and better position if the time between a key moment taking place live in-game and subsequently being added to its collection on the blockchain continues to shrink.
With that in mind, here are three moments from the past weekend’s NBA All-Star Game that we’d like to see memorialized in NFT form.
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bank Shot
Generally known for his dominance in the paint, Giannis’ three-point bank-shot over Zach Lavine en route to posting a perfect 16-16 figure from the field and earning his first All-Star MVP award perfectly encapsulates the Greek Freak’s joy for the game of basketball. On top of it all, it’s a serious departure in style from his typical highlights. Every MVP-winning performance needs a signature moment, and this was it.
2. Steph Curry’s Improbable Dunk
In a similar vein, it’s not often that the basketball world gets treated to Stephen Curry being the recipient of an alley-oop slam. When court general extraordinaire Chris Paul found Curry taking flight off an inbound pass, a collector’s moment was born. The three-point champion not only slammed the ball home, but took a moment to hang on the rim and crack a celebratory smile for good measure.
The value of a Top Shot moment comes from its scarcity. And what’s scarcer than a Steph slam?
1. Damian Lillard’s Game-winner From Deep
The final nail in the All-Star Game coffin — Damian Lillard’s dagger from nearly half court — was entirely on brand. Team LeBron combined to shoot higher than 50% from behind the 3-point line, an incredible figure considering just how many of those shots came from the proverbial parking lot. If Dame Dolla is within 40 feet of the rack, he’s a threat to pull the trigger. It’s amazing that some of the NBA’s best still haven’t figured that out. And their loss ought to be Top Shot collectors’ gain.
The hottest NFT marketplace in sports faces an interesting set of questions going forward. On Monday, Top Shot placing temporary restrictions on transactions in order to keep user traffic from exceeding what their infrastructure can handle. Incredible demand is a great problem to have, of course — the All-Star break is being a prime opportunity for players and fans alike to charge up and prepare for what’s next, and we can expect NBA Top Shot to do the same.