The NBA will once again slam dunk contests, 3-point contests and skill challenges during its All-Star break, but those events have been felt in a different way this year amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
Instead of holding an entire weekend of All-Star celebrations, the league finished everything in one night. On Sunday, the best players around the NBA will hit the ground during a few hours at Atlanta's State Farm Arena with skills competitions and the All-Star Game.
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TNT's all-star broadcast kicks off at 5 pm ET, followed by the Skill Challenge and the 3-point contest. The slam dunk competition will serve as entertainment for all-star game watchers.
Which players will steal the show? There is a breakdown of the major events and participants involved.
NBA slam dunk contest participants 2021
There are three players competing in two rounds in the slam dunk competition. Each player attempts two Duck Epsies in the first round, then the two highest scorers advance to the final round. The remaining players then plunge one by one to determine the winner. The first-round drones will be made by five judges on a scale of 6-10, with a minimum score of 30 and a maximum score of 50 allowed. In the final round, Judge will choose a winner by picking up a card with the name of Dunker.
Led by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Five Past Families Dominic Wilkins #ATTSlamDunk The champions will serve as judges. Wilkins (1985 and 1990 champions) will join Dee Brown (1991), Jason Richardson (2002 and 2003), Josh Smith (2005) and Spud Webb (1986). #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/af499yes5H
– NBA (@NBA) 2 March, 2021
Here are the participants of the 2021 Slam Dunk Contest:
|Efferni Simmons||trail Blazers|
|Cassius Stanley||Fast bowlers|
NBA 3-point contest participants 2021
Participants of the six 3-point contests will shoot at five regular spots along the arc, with four regular balls (one point) and four racks of one money ball (two points), plus a special rack of five money balls. Players can choose their favorite spots for the money ball rack.
The two “MTN DEW zones” will sit 6 feet behind the 3-point line. Each field has a green ball worth three points. With the addition of these areas, the NBA has increased the time limit from 60 seconds to 70 seconds and the maximum has been increased from 34 points to 40 points.
The competition is separated by two rounds, with the three highest-scoring players from the first round reaching the finals. The player who gets the most points in the final round will be crowned the winner.
Here are the 2021 3-point contest participants:
|Jaylen Brown||The celtics|
|Jason Tottom||The celtics|
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 in three rounds. The player who completes each individual matchup in advance the fastest time for the next round, leading to one final round for the Skill Challenge trophy.
Here are the 2021 skills challenge participants:
|robert covington||trail Blazers|
|Domantas Sabonis||Fast bowlers|