Above the rim, tidy at halftime.
The NBA Slam Dunk 2021 Contest is going to happen, but it will be just… faster and shorter, and kinda very weird and different than what you’re used to at all.
With a new format, start time, and unorthodox layout, the NBA brings this year’s All-Star festivities to one night, with the Slam Dunk competition taking center stage amid the NBA All-Star Game, adding from the plot to the break at half-time. .
While the Dunk Contest has been in the tank for the past few years and hasn’t really made the headlines, this year’s rim crashers might have more eyes than usual.
Here’s what you need to know about the Slam Dunk contest at 2021 NBA All-Star Game:
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What time does the NBA Dunk contest start?
- Time: NBA All-Star Halftime (starts 8 p.m. ET)
- TV channel: TNT
This year’s NBA Dunk Contest serves as halftime entertainment during the NBA All-Star Game, instead of being a standalone event from years gone by. Expect it to start between 9:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET.
With the league opting for a single night of All-Star festivities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dunk Contest is integrated into the All-Star Game with the 3-point contest and the skills competition.
2021 NBA All-Star Schedule
All of the 2020-2021 NBA All-Star events will take place on Sunday, March 7, starting with the pre-game show at 5 p.m. ET.
The first event of the night, the NBA Skills Competition, begins at 6:30 p.m. ET. The skills competition will be followed by the 3-point competition, with the All-Star game set to begin at 8 p.m. ET.
|5 p.m.||NBA All-Star Tipoff Show|
|6.30 p.m.||Skills challenge and 3-point competition|
|8 p.m.||Star game|
|To be determined||Slam Dunk Contest (Half-time All-Star Game)|
How to watch the NBA Dunk contest
This year’s NBA Dunk Contest serves as halftime entertainment for the NBA All-Star Game, which means you won’t have to flip the channel on All-Star Night to watch it.
You’ll be able to watch the Dunk Contest this year on TNT, starting at 8 p.m. ET.
YouTubeTV, Hulu, Sling TV Orange, and AT&T all offer DTT at a different cost.
NBA Dunk Contest Participants
- Obi Toppin, Knicks
- Anfernee Simons, Trail Blazers
- Cassius Staley, Pacers
This year, the Dunk Contest has only three participants, compared to four in previous seasons.
The three participants will face off in the first round, in which each player will attempt two dunks. Dunks will be rated on a scale of 6 to 10, which gives a maximum score of 50. The two participants with the highest score will advance to the second round, where they will perform a dunk. In this round, the judges will determine a winner by holding up a card with the winner’s name on it.