SALT LAKE CITY – The 2023 NBA All-Star weekend in Salt Lake City continues with the All-Star Saturday Night contests – starting with the Skills Challenge, then the 3-Point Contest and ending with the Slam Dunk contest – Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET. The three events will be televised on TNT. Below are all of the participants, event rules, and how each will be scored if a tiebreaker is needed.
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How to Watch Saturday Night NBA All-Star Events
When: 8 p.m. ET Saturday
Or: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City
What: The three competitions will take place in this order: Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest and Slam Dunk
How the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge Works
The Skills Challenge consists of three teams of three players each and has three rounds: relay, passing and shooting. The winning team in each round will receive Challenge Points, and the team with the most Challenge Points after all three rounds will be the winner.
Skills Challenge teams and players
In the team relay, each player completes a course that includes a 35-foot out pass on a moving target from the baseline, dribbling across moving targets, making a short lay-up, corner 3-point left, dribbles downfield and makes a basket. It is timed, the second and third teams must beat the previous best time. The team with the fastest time wins 100 challenge points. In the event of a tie, the teams will choose which player will run the course again. If there is a second tie, another player will complete the course again.
The second round is a team pass where all three players compete at the same time. Within 30 seconds, the team must make at least one pass attempt on each target and cannot attempt consecutive passes on the same target. Different targets have various dots attached to them. The team with the most points wins 100 challenge points. In the event of a tie, the first tiebreaker is the total number of passes made, the second tiebreaker is the number of chest passes made, and the third is the total number of out passes made.
The third and final round is a team shot with each player on a team competing with a ball. Each team has 60 seconds to score as many points as possible by shooting from five locations on the pitch that count for different numbers of points. Each team starts from the fifth point (straight 30-foot-deep 3-point spot) and each player must attempt at least one shot. Then players must alternate shooting locations and cannot shoot from the same location consecutively. The team with the highest score earns 200 challenge points. In case of a tie, the teams will choose a player to shoot from the fifth point and if the player succeeds in the shot, they will be awarded an extra attempt. If no player from the tied teams shoots, everyone will be allowed one more attempt until the last player to shoot wins the tiebreaker.
If the teams are tied in challenge points after all three competitions, the tied teams will attempt shots to the half court with all three competing players. The first team will attempt shots until there is one or 1:30 has passed. The second team will have to beat the time of the first team. If there is still a tie, the round will be repeated.
How the NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest Works
There are five ball carriers around the 3-point arc. Four racks have four normal game balls worth 1 point each for crafted buckets and a silver ball worth 2 points for a crafted bucket. The silver ball must be drawn last in the rack.
The fifth rack will consist of all silver balls worth 2 points each for crafted buckets. Each player decides where on the arc the silver ball rack will be placed.
There will also be two ball pedestals with one ball each at “Starry Range” between racks 2-3 and racks 3-4 for deep shots. These are worth 3 points each for crafted buckets.
Players must shoot every ball in a rack before moving on to the next location. There are a total of 27 bullets that can be fired and a time limit of 70 seconds to fire them all. The three players with the highest score after the first round qualify for the championship round. If there is a tie, a 30 second competition will take place using the same format as the original round and will be repeated until the tie is broken.
In the championship round, the player with the lowest score will shoot first. The player with the highest score will win. If there is a tie, a 70 second round will take place and will be repeated until there is a winner.
Players of the contest in 3 points:
Note: Randle replaces Anfernee Simons of Portland, who suffered a sprained right ankle.
How the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest Works
There are two rounds in the dunk contests with five judges – Jamal Crawford, Lisa Leslie, Karl Malone, Harold Miner and Dominique Wilkins – scoring each dunk. The average of the five will be the individual dunk score.
Each player will get two dunk scores over two rounds. Everyone has 1h30 and an extra try to complete a dunk. They are limited to three attempts, which counts as the player controlling the basketball in flight and moving to the edge. A try is any action taken for the purpose of attempting a dunk. A referee judges whether an attempt counts as a successful or failed dunk.
The two players with the highest composite scores between their first and second dunks advance to the final round. If there is a tie, the players who advance will be determined by the judges’ choice. The two players who advance will then have two dunks in the final round and will have the same rules as the previous round.
If there is a tie in the final round, a dunk-off will be organised. Each player will have one attempt. In the event of a tie after this, the winner is determined by the judges’ choice, with the judges raising a card with the player’s name on it.
Participants in the Slam Dunk:
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