NBA All-Star 2020: Confirmed Participants For 3-Point Contest, Dunk Contest And Skills Challenge

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The ballots have closed, the votes have been tallied and we can now officially declare who will populate Team LeBron and Team Giannis for the NBA All-Star Game on February 16, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago. The rosters haven’t been set yet, but with this field to choose from, it should make for an exciting All-Star matchup between the two squads.

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As a tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, who both tragically died in a helicopter crash just a week ago, Team LeBron will all be wearing No. 24 uniforms while Team Giannis will wear No. 2, the jersey numbers worn by Kobe and Gianna.   

With the All-Stars all announced, all that’s left is setting the rosters and filling out the rest of the weekend’s events like the Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point Contest. With that in mind, here is everything you need to know about All-Star Weekend. 

NBA Rising Stars Challenge

Format: The league selects the top players in either their first or second NBA seasons to participate in this event. Those players are split up into two teams to play in an exhibition game — one representing the United States, the other representing the rest of the world. Each team has 10 players: four backcourt players, four frontcourt players, and two wild cards.

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Zion Williamson (Bleacher Report)

U.S. roster: Miles Bridges (Charlotte); Devonte’ Graham (Charlotte); Tyler Herro (Miami); Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis); Ja Morant (Memphis); Kendrick Nunn (Miami); Eric Paschall (Golden State); PJ Washington (Charlotte); Zion Williamson (New Orleans); Trae Young (Atlanta).

World roster: Nickeil Alexander-Walker (New Orleans); Deandre Ayton (Phoenix); RJ Barrett (New York); Brandon Clarke (Memphis); Luka Doncic (Dallas); Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City); Rui Hachimura (Washington); Svi Mykhailiuk (Detroit); Josh Okogie (Minnesota); Moritz Wagner (Washington)

Skills Challenge

Format: A bracket of eight of the most skilled players in the NBA is built to complete an on-court obstacle course testing almost every ability one would need to survive and thrive in the league. Players compete against one another head-to-head, with the first finisher moving on each round until a winner is declared.

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Derrick Rose (Bleacher Report)

The contestants for this event are listed below:

  • Derrick Rose, G (Detroit Pistons)
  • Patrick Beverley, G (Los Angeles Clippers)
  • Domantas Sabonis, F (Indiana Pacers)
  • Khris Middleton, G (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Jayson Tatum, F (Boston Celtics)
  • Bam Adebayo, F (Miami Heat)
  • Spencer Dinwiddie, G (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Pascal Siakam, F (Toronto Raptors)

3-Point Contest

Format: Eight of the NBA’s best 3-point shooters are tested for their marksmanship one at a time in this event. Each shooter has 70 seconds to take 27 total shots from behind the arc from five different spots. The final ball at each spot is called the Moneyball and is worth an extra point. This year, the league has introduced two new spots positioned equidistant between the traditional racks at the top of the 3-point arc and the adjacent “wing” rack. Each of the two ball pedestals is located six feet behind the 3-point line and holds one special green ball, the “3-Ball.” Shots made with the green ball are worth three points. The top three finishers in the first round advance to the final round.

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Zach LaVine (Forbes)

The contestants for this event are listed below:

  • Devonte’ Graham, G (Charlotte Hornets)
  • Zach LaVine, G (Chicago Bulls)
  • Duncan Robinson, F (Miami Heat)
  • Trae Young, G (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Buddy Hield, G (Sacramento Kings)
  • Davis Bertans, F (Washington Wizards)
  • Joe Harris, G (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Damian Lillard, G (Portland Trail Blazers)

Slam Dunk Contest

Format: Four of the NBA’s most explosive dunkers are given free rein over the court to dunk twice in front of a panel of judges. Those judges score each dunk on a scale from 0-50 based on the skill, athleticism and creativity involved. The two top dunkers based on cumulative score move on and dunk twice more before a winner is declared.

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Dwight Howard (Chron)

The contestants for this event are listed below:

  • Dwight Howard, C (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Derrick Jones Jr., F (Miami Heat)
  • Aaron Gordon, G (Orlando Magic)
  • Pat Connaughton, G (Milwaukee Bucks)

See Also: NBA All-Star Game: Captains And Starters Revealed

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