The NBA will once again have a Slam Dunk Contest, 3-point Contest and Skills Challenge during its All-Star break, but those events have a decidedly different feel this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead of holding a full weekend of All-Star festivities, the league crammed everything into one night. On Sunday, the best players from around the NBA will hit the floor at State Farm Arena in Atlanta with the skills competitions and All-Star Game all taking place over the course of a few hours.
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TNT’s All-Star broadcast kicks off at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the Skills Challenge and 3-point Contest. The Slam Dunk Contest will serve as the halftime entertainment for those watching the All-Star Game.
Which players will steal the show? Here’s a breakdown of the major events and participants involved.
NBA Slam Dunk Contest participants 2021
The Slam Dunk Contest features three players competing in two rounds. Each player attempts two dunks apiece in the first round, then the two highest scorers advance to the final round. The remaining players then perform one dunk each to determine a winner. First-round dunks will be scored on a scale of 6-10 by five judges, allowing for a minimum score of 30 and maximum score of 50. In the final round, judges will choose a winner by raising a card with the dunker’s name on it.
Led by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, five past #ATTSlamDunk champions will serve as the judges. Wilkins (1985 & 1990 champion) will be joined by Dee Brown (1991), Jason Richardson (2002 & 2003), Josh Smith (2005) and Spud Webb (1986). #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/af499yes5H
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Here are the 2021 Slam Dunk Contest participants:
|Anfernee Simons||Trail Blazers|
NBA 3-point Contest participants 2021
The six 3-point Contest participants will shoot at the typical five locations along the arc, with four racks of four regular balls (one point) and one money ball (two points), plus one special rack of five money balls. Players can choose their favorite spots for the money ball racks.
Two “MTN DEW Zones” will sit 6 feet behind the 3-point line. Each zone holds one green ball worth three points. With the addition of these zones, the NBA has increased the time limit from 60 seconds to 70 seconds and the maximum score from 34 points to 40 points.
The contest is separated by two rounds, with the three highest-scoring players from the first round advancing to the finals. The player with the highest score in the final round will be crowned the winner.
Here are the 2021 3-point Contest participants:
NBA Skills Challenge participants 2021
The Skills Challenge puts six players through an obstacle course that tests their dribbling, passing and shooting abilities. Players will compete against each other one-on-one over three rounds. The player who finishes each individual matchup in the fastest time advances to the next round, leading to a one-on-one final round for the Skills Challenge trophy.
Here are the 2021 Skills Challenge participants:
|Robert Covington||Trail Blazers|