NBA reveals All-Star skills, 3-point, dunk participants
Golden State's Stephen Curry and Phoenix's Devin Booker were 3-point champions the previous All-Star weekend and will try to win that trophy again on Sunday.
The NBA announced the 15 players who will take part in the other events on the field on Tuesday in addition to the All-Star game in Atlanta. The vast majority of them have a double duty between these competitions and the game itself.
Curry, Booker, the Boston duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, Zach LaVine from Chicago and Donovan Mitchell from Utah - all of them all-stars - will be the six participants in the 3-point competition.
All-stars Luka Doncic from Dallas, Domantas Sabonis from Indiana, Julius Randle from New York, Nikola Vucevic from Orlando and Chris Paul from Phoenix will be five of the six participants in the skill contest. Then there is Robert Covington of Portland, the only current NBA player to graduate from a historically black college and university.
Covington went to Tennessee State. HBCUs will be a key part of the All-Star Night, and the league has already announced that scholarship funds that support black students will receive an inflow of at least $ 2.5 million from the Atlanta events.
The only non-All-Star event is the Dunk Contest, which will feature first-time entrants Anfernee Simons from Portland, Cassius Stanley from Indiana, and Obi Toppin from New York.
The dunk competition consists of two rounds and is judged by five former champions: Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, Dee Brown, Jason Richardson, Josh Smith and Spud Webb. It takes place halfway through the All-Star Game, while the Skill Contest and 3-Point Contest take place before the game.
Only 18 teams will be represented on the pitch at the All-Star Night. The number is much lower than usual this season due to reasons like the pandemic, the one night nature of the event, and the elimination of the Rising Stars game this season.
None of last season's event winners - Dunk Champion Derrick Jones Jr., who was then in Miami and now in Portland, Skills Champion Bam Adebayo of Miami, and 3-Point Champion Buddy Hield of Sacramento - returns this season back to defend title.
In Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, San Antonio, and Toronto, no one attends all-star nighttime events.
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