The new skills challenge format will see Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo team up with his brothers, Alex and Thanasis, to compete together in a four-round competition that tests shooting, passing and dribbling.
The Antetokounmpo brothers will face three Cleveland Cavaliers players – All-Star guard Darius Garland joined by big men Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley – and three rookies – Scottie Barnes of the Toronto Raptors, Cade Cunningham of the Detroit Pistons and Josh Giddey of the Thunder. Oklahoma City.
The NBA will crown a first winner in the dunk and 3-point contests.
Orlando’s Cole Anthony, Houston’s Jalen Green and Golden State’s Juan Toscano-Anderson will all compete in the dunk competition for the first time, while New York Knicks’ Obi Toppin returns after finishing second last season.
Although this year’s 3-point contest champion wins the competition for the first time, a few players will come with some experience.
Chicago’s Zach LaVine will make his third straight bid to win the contest, again aiming to become the first player in NBA history to win both the 3-point contest and the dunk contest in his career (LaVine has won consecutive slam dunk contests in 2015 and ’16). Atlanta’s Trae Young will make his second career appearance.
The rest of the eight-person field will participate for the first time, including CJ McCollum, who was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans earlier Tuesday, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, Toronto’s Fred VanVleet, Memphis’ Desmond Bane, the LA Clippers’ Luke Kennard and Patty Mills of Brooklyn.
All-Star weekend will take place from February 18-20.
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