NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST Watch Live Stream FREE Online & Listen: All-Star Saturday, Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest Live Coverage from New Orleans
Tonight is one of the NBA's biggest showcases of the year, with many of the league's top stars descending onto one place in order to flex their basketball muscle in a variety of ways. Live stream the festivities by clicking this link.
The big Saturday show kicks off on TNT at 8:30 p.m. ET with the Shooting Stars challenge, which pits teams of three that consist of an NBA vet, a WNBA star, and a current player in a contest during which they must make a number of shots within 90 seconds. Here are the 2014 lineups:
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder are the captains of the Western squads. Curry will be joined by his father Dell Curry and Becky Hammond of the San Antonio Silver Stars. Durant will have Karl Malone with him along with Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock. Durant and Diggins are both signed to rapper Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports agency.
In the East, Chris Bosh headlines one team, which counts Swin Cash of the Chicago Sky and legendary dunker Dominique Wilkins as members. The other East team is captained by Knicks' rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. He will be joined by his dad, Tim Hardaway Sr., and Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky.
Following that, the Skills Challenge will kick off featuring eight current players making a variety of "basic" plays and movements. The West will send out Damian Lillard (Blazers), Goran Dragic (Suns), Reggie Jackson (Thunder) and Trey Burke (Jazz). The East trots out Michael Carter-Williams (76ers), DeMar DeRozan (Raptors), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), and Victor Oladipo (Magic).
The 3-point shootout is next, also featuring eight participants with four coming from each conference. In the West Damian Lillard is back, along with Curry, Kevin Love (Timberwolves) and Marco Belinelli (Spurs). In the East, Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers), Bradley Beal (Wizards), Joe Johnson (Nets) and Arron Afflalo (Pistons) will try to make that sweet, swishing sound.
After a shooting king is crowned, the mac daddy of All-Star events kicks off-the Slam Dunk contest. This year will witness a return of the "big name," as several star players have agreed to jam for the fans.
In the West, fans will be treated to yet another helping of Lillard, as well as Harrison Barnes (Warriors) and Ben McLemore (Kings). In the East, Indiana Pacers superstar Paul George looms, as does defending champion Terrence Ross (Raptors) and John Wall (Wizards).