- Steph Curry and Devin Booker are among the 15 players who will participate in the NBA All-Star night’s individual events.
- No winner from 2020 will be returning to defend his title this season.
- A total of 18 teams are represented in this weekend’s festivities in Atlanta.
The NBA announced the names of the 15 players who will participate in the other on-court events besides the All-Star Game in Atlanta this weekend.
Only a total of 18 NBA teams have on-court representatives on All-Star night. Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, San Antonio and Toronto have no one participating in All-Star night events.
None of last year’s winners in the individual events are returning to defend their respective titles. The Skills Challenge and Three-Point Contest will be held before the All-Star Game while the Dunk Contest will happen at halftime.
2021 #NBAAllStar 3-Point Contest:
☔️ Steph Curry
☔️ Devin Booker
☔️ Zach LaVine
☔️ Jayson Tatum
☔️ Jaylen Brown
☔️ Donovan Mitchell pic.twitter.com/YFxzY1yIFf
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 3, 2021
Former three-point contest winners Steph Curry and Devin Booker lead the cast for the Three-Point Contest. This will mark Curry’s seventh appearance in the contest and his first since he was upset by Joe Harris in 2019. Meanwhile, 2018 winner Booker will be joining the contest for the 5th time in his career.
They will be joined by the Boston Celtics duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown plus Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz and Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls. All six participants of this year’s Three-Point Contest are All-Star Game participants.
Slam Dunk Contest
— #NBAAllStar (@NBAAllStar) March 3, 2021
Meanwhile, the Dunk Contest will be headlined by three first-time participants and is the only event this weekend that doesn’t involve an All-Star player. One of Anfernee Simons of the Portland Trail Blazers, Cassius Stanley of the Indiana Pacers, and Obi Toppin of the New York Knicks will be the next Slam Dunk king.
The Dunk Contest will have two rounds at it will be judged by five former champions in Dominique Wilkins, Dee Brown, Jason Richardson, Josh Smith, and Spud Webb. Although this year’s contest lacks the star power of previous years, remember that Derrick Jones Jr. and Aaron Gordon had an epic battle last year.
Showin’ off their skills. ⭐️ 👌 Checking out the field for the NBA’s All-Star Skills Challenge. 👀
— theScore (@theScore) March 3, 2021
Dallas Mavericks sensation Luka Doncic will lead the six-man Skills Contest Challenge roster. Doncic will be joined by fellow All-Stars Domantas Sabonis of the Indiana Pacers, Julius Randle of the New York Knicks, Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic, and Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns.
The sixth contestant, and the only non-All Star in the contest is Portland’s Robert Covington. Covington is the only current player who is a graduate of a historically Black college and university ( Tennessee State ). HBCU’s will be a big part of All-Star night and the league previously announced that it will donate $2.5M from the events in Atlanta to the scholarships that will support Black students.