NBA All Star Weekend 2021: Which Players Will Take Part in the NBA Three-Point Contest, Slam Dunk Contest, and Skills Challenge?

Published 03/03/2021, 3:49 PM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: (L-R) Paul George, Goran Dragic, and Kyrie Irving warm up at the 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)


The NBA All-Star game is just a few days away. The festivities of the All-Star game and the general atmosphere make for the most exciting time for NBA players and fans alike.

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This year, instead of having an entire week dedicated to the All-Star events, all of it will be done in one night. Several players will get the chance to showcase their talent at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

The most beloved feature of All-Star week is the series of contests that take place during the event. Many players have risen to fame thanks to their performances in these contests.

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Players like Michael Jordan, Vince Carter, Ray Allen, Steph Curry, Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon, and LeBron James have put in some iconic performances during these contests in the past.

With that in mind, here is every player that will take part in the NBA All-Star events this year.

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NBA Three-Point contest

Jan 4, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots a three point basket during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

When will it happen? 7th March, before tip-off for the All-Star game.

Defending Champion- Buddy Hield (Sacramento Kings)

Participants- Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics), Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls), Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz).

NBA skills challenge

Feb 25, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) dribbles against Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

When will it happen? 7th March, before tip-off for the All-Star game.

Defending Champion- Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat)

Participants- Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks), Chris Paul (Phoenix Suns), Nikola Vucevic (Orland0 Magic) Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers), Julius Randle (New York Knicks), Robert Covington (Portland Trail Blazers).

NBA slam dunk contest

Feb 11, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Anfernee Simons (1) shoots the ball past Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons (25) during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

When will it happen? 7th March, during half-time of the All-Star game.

Defending Champion- Derrick Jones Jr. (Portland Trail Blazers)

Participants- Cassius Stanley (Indiana Pacers), Obi Toppin (New York Knicks), Anfernee Simons (Portland Trail Blazers).

Who will shine at All-Star Weekend?

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Durant warm up at the 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The All-Star period is one that defines careers. A good performance can be eye-catching for several people in the league, and players end up walking out with a bigger fan base than the one they entered with.

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For several players, the All-Star festivities are a chance to showcase the talents they have outside of the competitive NBA environment.

Which players will emerge with their stock raised at the end of this All-Star weekend? The only thing that is certain is that it will be an entertaining night for the fans and the players, and will provide a nice respite from the competitiveness of the regular NBA season.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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