The 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend is in full swing, with A’ja Wilson’s Home Team clinching an 82-80 Celebrity Game victory last night at Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte. But no matter the fun that was had in the celebrity matchup, NBA All-Star Saturday is all about tricks and promises to be insane.
Here’s what’s in store:
State Farm All-Star Saturday Night
When: Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
How to watch: TNT
Events (in order)
Taco Bell Skills Challenge — Any woman in the WNBA would kill this challenge, but tonight it’s all about the men proving their fundamentals. Of the eight contenders, NBA fans are probably most interested in Luka Dončić, the rookie for the Dallas Mavericks who has been taking the league by storm, as well as Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets) and Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers). Click here to see full list of contenders and past winners.
MTN DEW 3-Point Contest — Reigning NBA All-Star Three-Point Contest winner Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns) will try to defend his crown. To get it, he’ll have to go through Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry: the 2015 NBA Three-Point Contest winner who has ascended to third all-time in NBA history for made three-pointers. If that wasn’t bad enough, Booker has another Curry to deal with — Seth, younger brother to Steph, who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers and has one of the highest three-point percentages in the NBA — as well as future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki, among others. But none of these men will truly rock the contest unless they score 29 points to meet or beat the record set by Allie Quigley at the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game. Last year, Booker scored 28 points to win the three-point title. In 2015, Steph Curry won with a score of 27. Click here to see the full list of contenders and past winners.
AT&T Slam Dunk Contest — A short field of four contenders will wow the Spectrum Center crowd with feats of basketball derring-do that absolutely no one should try at home or anywhere a basketball rim may be. Reigning Slam Dunk champion Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) is not participating this year, so it comes down to the following dunking daredevils: Miles Bridges (Charlotte Hornets), John Collins (Atlanta Hawks), Hamidou Diallo (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Dennis Smith, Jr. (New York Knicks). Judges for this event include the WNBA’s A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces) and Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks). Click here to to see the full list of past winners.
Watch Allie Quigley successfully defend her Three-Point Contest crown at the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game. Her score of 29 is the highest in WNBA or NBA history.