National Basketball Association announces participants for Slam Dunk, 3-pt. Contest, Skills Challenge

NBA announces participants for Slam Dunk, 3-pt. Contest, Skills Challenge

The night opens with the Taco Bell Skills Challenge featuring two teams: bigs and smalls.

Klay Thompson, Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Wayne Ellington, Paul George, Tobias Harris, and Kyle Lowry will compete in the JBL Three-Point Contest.

"The Orlando Magic's 6'9", 220-pounder was the runner-up to Zach LaVine in the incredible 2016 dunk contest. He was runner-up to LaVine in 2016 and put on a show, garnering three ideal scores during the competition.

Nance, who's in his third National Basketball Association season, hasn't competed in the past couple years because he kept getting injured around this time of the year.

After narrowly losing out to Zach LaVine in an epic 2016 Slam Dunk Contest, Aaron Gordon returned a year ago hoping to make up for it.

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Oladipo is now averaging 23.9 points, 4.1 assists, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game this season, all career-best marks.

The explosive guard out of North Carolina State, who was also selected to play in the 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 16, holds averages of 14.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.95 steals and 28.9 minutes per game in 44 games (all starts) for Dallas this season.

Gordon has a lot more confidence on the floor these days and he'll hope to translate that in the dunk contest at Staples Center and finally get his hands on the award he craves.

The Slam Dunk Contest is the final event of All-Star Saturday Night, which also includes the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest.

But the Lakers forward is an accomplished dunker in his own right, and in his third season has already earned a reputation for putting opponents on posters.

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