NBA Slam Dunk, 3-Point, Skills Challenge Contestants Revealed
The field is set for State Farm All-Star Saturday Night in Los Angeles on Feb. 17.
The NBA revealed the competitors for the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest, as playmakers such as Klay Thompson, Joel Embiid and Paul George will put on a show for the fans on the eve of the All-Star Game at the Staples.
The Skills Challenge brings an appealing field, bearing in mind the huge guys Embiid, Al Horford and Kristaps Porzingis– who are all All-Stars– are representative of the NBA’s new-age centers. They all extend their games to the outside and help with much of the offense by shooting from 3, running from the high elbow and putting the ball on the floor.
2 of the league’s most interesting rookies, Donovan Mitchell and Lauri Markkanen, will challenge them, however the rookies will need to beat Porzingis, who is the ruling champ.
Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers
Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets
Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets
Al Horford, Boston Celtics
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls
There is no lack of star power in the Three-Point Contest either, with Thompson, George, Bradley Beal and Kyle Lowry each All-Stars.
Thompson won in 2016 and figures to set the tone as the representative of the three-point delighted Warriors who overwhelm challengers with shooting. He is striking a career-best 45.4 percent from deep this season also, however Eric Gordon is the defending champ and will have something to state about it.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Wayne Ellington, Miami Heat
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets
Tobias Harris, Los Angeles Clippers
Throughout history, the Slam Dunk Contest has actually been the pre-eminent event at All-Star Saturday Night as names such as Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Vince Carter and Blake Griffin defied the laws of gravity and tossed down a few of the most remarkable jams in NBA history.
This year’s field is missing out on a few of the Hall of Fame names of seasons past, however Victor Oladipo is an All-Star and will aim to keep the title in Indiana after Glenn Robinson III won last season.
There is likewise the Aaron Gordon story. He is hoping the 3rd time is a charm after dueling with Zach LaVine and showing up just short in 2016 and failling to Robinson last year.
Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers
Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic
Larry Nance Jr., Los Angeles Lakers
Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas Mavericks