Booker, Paul to participate in 3-point contest, skills competition

Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Phoenix’s Devin Booker have been three-level champions at All-Star weekend just before, and they’ll attempt to get that trophy yet again Sunday.

The NBA exposed the 15 players Tuesday who will be getting part in the other on-courtroom gatherings apart from the All-Star Activity in Atlanta, with the overwhelming the vast majority of them pulling double-responsibility between all those competitions and the recreation by itself.

Curry, Booker, the Boston duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, Chicago’s Zach LaVine and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell — all of them All-Stars — will be the six competition in the three-level contest.

All-Stars Luka Doncic of Dallas, Domantas Sabonis of Indiana, Julius Randle of New York, Nikola Vucevic of Orlando and Chris Paul of Phoenix will be five of the six entrants in the skills competitors. They’ll be joined by Portland’s Robert Covington, the only latest NBA player who is a graduate of a historically Black school and university.

Covington went to Tennessee Point out. HBCUs will be a major part of All-Star night, and the league has formerly announced that scholarship money that will assistance Black students will get an influx of at minimum $2.5 million from the gatherings in Atlanta.

The only party that won’t consist of any All-Stars is the dunk contest, which will aspect very first-time participants Anfernee Simons of Portland, Cassius Stanley of Indiana and Obi Toppin of New York.

The dunk contest will be two rounds and judged by five former champions: Corridor of Famer Dominique Wilkins, Dee Brown, Jason Richardson, Josh Smith and Spud Webb. It will be held at halftime of the All-Star Activity, though the skills competitors and three-level contest will come about pregame.

Only eighteen teams will have on-courtroom representation at All-Star night, the variety much decreased than normal simply because of factors this kind of as the pandemic, the a single-night nature of this party and the elimination of the Increasing Stars recreation this year.

None of previous season’s individual party winners — dunk winner Derrick Jones Jr., who was with Miami then and with Portland now, skills winner Bam Adebayo of Miami and three-level winner Buddy Hield of Sacramento — are returning to protect titles this year.

Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, San Antonio and Toronto have no a single collaborating in All-Star night gatherings.