NBA Announces All-Star Dunk Contest & 3-Point Shootout Participants

For most of us, the best part of NBA All-Star weekend is Saturday nights festivities, which consists of the skills challenge, 3-point shootout and of course the NBA dunk contest. Now, we know who’ll be participating in all three of those events.

On Tuesday night, the NBA revealed the participants for the 2019 dunk contests, and while there’s some real sky walkers in the pack, I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed overall. Like last year, Dennis Smith Jr will return for the dunk contest, and joining him will be rookie Miles Bridges from Hornets, John Collins from Atlanta, and lastly Hamidou Diallo from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Pretty unimpressive dunkers if you ask me.

All four competitors get two dunks in the first round. The two players with the highest combined score for their two dunks advance to the head-to-head final round. The player with the highest combined score for his two dunks in the final round is crowned the champion.

Now the 3-pt competition is a bit different. There’s some real sharp shooters participating in this one and could be the best event of all three. As announced few weeks ago, Steph Curry will led the pack, along with his brother Seth Curry and Dirk Nowitzki. Joining them will be Devin Booker (Suns), Danny Green (Raptors),  Joe Harris (Nets), Buddy Hield (Kings), Damian Lillard (Blazers), Kemba Walker (Hornets), and Khris Middleton (Bucks). 

In addition, there’s also the skills challenge going down too, which usually opens the night. This year’s participants include Luka Doncic (Mavericks), De’Aaron Fox (Kings), Nikola Jokic (Nuggets), Kyle Kuzma (Lakers), Jayson Tatum (Celtics), Nikola Vucevic (Magic), Trae Young (Hawks) and Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies).

All three of the events will take place February 16th in Charlotte, North Carolina. Be sure to tune into TNT to see who wins.



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