The NBA will once again host a Slam Dunk contest, 3-point contest, and skills challenge during his All-Star hiatus, but those events have a decidedly different feel this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead of having a full weekend of All-Star festivities, the league crammed it all into one night. On Sunday, the top NBA players hit the ground at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena with the skills competitions and the All-Star Game all going on for a few hours.
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TNT’s All-Star show starts at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest. The Slam Dunk Contest will serve as half-time entertainment for those watching the All-Star Game.
Which players will steal the show? Here is an overview of the main events and the participants involved.
NBA Slam Dunk 2021 contest participants
The Slam Dunk contest features three players who compete against each other in two rounds. Each player attempts two dunks each in the first round, then the top two scorers advance to the final round. The remaining players then each dunk to determine a winner. The dunks of the first round will be scored on a scale of 6 to 10 by five judges, allowing a minimum score of 30 and a maximum score of 50. In the final round, the judges will choose a winner by raising a card with the name of the he.
Led by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Dominique Wilkins, past five #ATTSlamDunk champions will serve as 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 participants in the 2021 Slam Dunk contest:
|Anfernee Simons||Trail Blazers|
NBA 3 point 2021 contest participants
The six participants in the 3-point contest will shoot at the five typical locations along the arc, with four regular four-ball holders (one point) and one silver ball (two points), plus a special five-point holder. ‘silver. Players can choose their favorite spots for the silver bullet racks.
Two “MTN DEW Zones” will be 6 feet behind the 3 point line. Each zone contains a green ball worth three points. With the addition of these zones, the NBA increased the time limit from 60 seconds to 70 seconds and the maximum score from 34 points to 40 points.
The competition is separated by two rounds, with the three highest-rated players from the first round advancing to the final. The player with the highest score in the final round will be crowned the winner.
Here are the participants in the 2021 3-point competition:
NBA Skills Challenge 2021 participants
The Skills Challenge puts six players through an obstacle course that tests their dribbling, passing and shooting skills. Players will compete individually over three rounds. The player who completes each individual match in the fastest time advances to the next round, leading to a head-to-head final round for the Skills Challenge Trophy.
Here are the participants in the 2021 Skills Challenge:
|Robert covington||Trail Blazers|