The competition will take place on Sunday March 7 at halftime of the 2021 NBA All-Star Game (www.NBA.com); Five former Slam Dunk champions to serve as judges: Dee Brown, Jason Richardson, Josh Smith, Spud Webb and Dominique Wilkins; Final: one Dunk for each finalist and winner determined by the “judges’ choice” instead of the individual score.
A new AT&T Slam Dunk champion will be crowned this year as new entrants Anfernee Simons of the Portland Trail Blazers, Cassius Stanley of the Indiana Pacers and Obi Toppin of the New York Knicks battle for the title on Sunday, March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The 36th AT&T Slam Dunk will take place at halftime of the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, broadcast on TNT and ESPN Radio.
AT&T Slam Dunk is part of NBA All-Star 2021, which will take place overnight. TNT’s NBA All-Star coverage on March 7 kicks off at 5 p.m. ET with TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax, followed by the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge and the MTN DEW® 3-Point Contest starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. Coverage of the NBA All-Star Game will begin at 8 p.m. ET. NBA All-Star 2021 will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in more than 50 languages.
Simons (pronounced SIGH-mons) averages 8.2 points and hits a career-high 40.7% from three points in his third NBA season. Guard 6-3 was selected by Portland with the 24th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft presented by State Farm.
Stanley, a 6-5 rookie goaltender on a two-way contract, was selected by the Pacers with the 54th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft presented by State Farm. He recorded a maximum vertical jump of 44 inches in the 2020 NBA Draft Combine, tied for the third highest mark since 2000.
Toppin, a 6-9 rookie forward, was selected by the Knicks with the eighth pick in the 2020 NBA Draft presented by State Farm. As a red-shirt sophomore at the University of Dayton last season, Toppin led the nation in dunks and was named National Player of the Year by consensus.
Led by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Dominique Wilkins, five former AT&T Slam Dunk champions will be the judges. Wilkins (1985 and 1990 champion) will be joined by Dee Brown (1991), Jason Richardson (2002 and 2003), Josh Smith (2005) and Spud Webb (1986). Wilkins, Smith and Webb won their Slam Dunk titles while representing the Atlanta Hawks. Richardson won the last Slam Dunk competition in Atlanta, in 2003.
AT&T Slam Dunk will be a two-round competition. In the first round, the three competitors will each perform two dunks. The five judges will score each dunk on a scale of 6 to 10, resulting in a maximum score of 50 and a minimum score of 30. The two players with the highest combined score for their two dunks (a maximum of 100 and a minimum of 60) will advance to the final round.
In the final round, the two competitors will each perform one dunk. The winner will be determined by “Judges’ Choice” instead of an individual score. The judges will choose the winner by holding up a card bearing the name of the dunker. Click here (https://on.nba.com/385B1oS) for a full explanation of AT&T Slam Dunk rules.
Below are the AT&T Slam Dunk 2021 entrants and a list of past winners.
AT&T SLAM DUNK 2021 PARTICIPANTS
Portland Trail Blazers
New York Knicks
AT&T SLAM DUNK WINNERS
1984 – Larry Nance, Phoenix
1985 – Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta
1986 – Spud Webb, Atlanta 1987 – Michael Jordan, Chicago 1988 – Michael Jordan, Chicago
1989 – Kenny Walker, New York 1990 – Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta 1991 – Dee Brown, Boston
1992 – Cédric Ceballos, Phoenix 1993 – Harold Miner, Miami 1994 – Isaiah Rider, Minnesota 1995 – Harold Miner, Miami
1996 – Brent Barry, LA Clippers
1997 – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2000 – Vince Carter, Toronto
2001 – Desmond Mason, Seattle
2002 – Jason Richardson, Golden State 2003 – Jason Richardson, Golden State 2004 – Fred Jones, Indiana
2005 – Josh Smith, Atlanta
2006 – Nate Robinson, New York 2007 – Gerald Green, Boston 2008 – Dwight Howard, Orlando 2009 – Nate Robinson, New York
2010 – Nate Robinson, New York 2011 – Blake Griffin, LA Clippers 2012 – Jeremy Evans, Utah
2013 – Terrence Ross, Toronto
2014 – East (Paul George, Terrence Ross, John Wall)
2015 – Zach LaVine, Minnesota 2016 – Zach LaVine, Minnesota 2017 – Glenn Robinson III, Indiana 2018 – Donovan Mitchell, Utah
2019 – Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City
2020 – Derrick Jones Jr., Miami
AT&T and the NBA: an innovative partnership:
Since AT & T’s partnership with the NBA began, AT&T has brought the power of 5G to various events and activations across the country. In 2020, AT&T rolled out its AT&T 5G HoloVision (http://soc.att.com/3kH3sP5) technology at the 2020 NBA Conference Finals and NBA Draft (http://soc.att.com/3sHAFwA), and brought 5G to NBA All-Star for the first time (http://soc.att.com/382OTjS), including at NBA Crossover and via the AT&T 5G Courtside Camera who shared unique, live camera angles straight from the AT&T Slam Dunk contest as part of State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night. AT&T and the NBA were the first to broadcast a professional sporting event in 5G (https://bit.ly/3sC7ElY) at the 2019 NBA MGM Resorts Summer League. AT&T also previously worked with Turner and the NBA on the 2019 NBA Tip-Off broadcast to provide side-by-side virtual access to TNT’s broadcast of thanks to a volumetric 3D experience powered by AT&T 5G (http://soc.att.com/3e5DhjY).
AT&T is the official 5G wireless network of the NBA and WNBA.
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