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Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 9:20 am  |  21 responses

Major Changes to All-Star Saturday

The League is giving All-Star Saturday a makeover this year. The Eastern and Western conferences will be pitted against each other, with half a million bucks for charity on the line. Per NBA.com:

The most dramatic change Saturday is coming in the night’s marquee event, the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. The competition will feature six dunkers, three from each conference, in a free-wheeling, two-round showdown to determine the best conference. For the first time in the event’s history, no individual dunker will be crowned. Instead, the title will go to the best conference.

Before he puts on his dunking shoes, (Damian) Lillard will be showing off his marksmanship as part of the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest. The other participants are Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers, Bradley Beal of the Wizards, Joe Johnson of the Nets and Arron Afflalo of the Magic for the East. Curry of the Warriors, Marco Belinelli of the Spurs and Kevin Love of the Timberwolves will join Lillard shooting for the West.

The major rule change in the contest is that players will have an entire rack of “money balls,” which count double, that can be placed in any of the five shooting positions around the court.

The Taco Bells Skills challenge has been turned into a relay race this year with each conference fielding two teams consisting of two players each. Each team will run the course, competing in a relay format for a single overall time.

The ubiquitous Lillard will team with Trey Burke of the Jazz and Reggie Jackson of the Thunder will team with Goran Dragic of the Suns to make up the Western Conference lineup. The East teams will be Michael Carter-Williams of the Sixers with Victor Oladipo of the Magic and DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors with rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks.

The Sears Shooting Stars will once again team a current NBA player with a WNBA star and an NBA legend in a time competition that will require four shots made from different spots on the court. Tim Hardaway Jr. of the Knicks and Chris Bosh of the Heat will head up the East teams, while Kevin Durant of the Thunder and Curry will lead the West.

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  • JJ Jones

    Where’s the 1 on 1 contest? Thats something would be something that people actually want to see.

  • LLC#12

    Wow DeRozan and Antetokounmpo is a pretty bad skills team surely, relatively speaking? And I would have liked to have seen Oladipo and MCW pitted against each other, not on the same team. Rookie rivals and all that.

    Not sure I like this team format. Wonder if the players knew about it when they signed up?

  • dser

    Bron vs melo. Kyrie vs Steph durant vs Paul George. John wall vs lillard one on one

  • Ses

    NO SLAM DUNK CHAMPION??!! WTF…..Why don’t they just get rid of it all together. It seems like the NBA has been sabotaging the event for years! (remember fan voting??!!) It has always been a contest of individual skill and creativity. I forsee one of the worst, disinterested, non competitive displays yet. Mark my words…..

  • Markus437

    I was excited for the dunk contest this year, but now that there’s no winner what’s really the point of participating (besides charity)

  • bike

    If this was Silver’s idea, he’s off to a really, really bad start as commissioner.

  • Freeky Zeek

    Totally ruining one of the most exciting events at All-Star weekend. Dunk comp has gone down hill anyways lately… since when did we need musical guests to preform at it? Too much glamor

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    WTF is this Sh!t!?! dafuq did I just read?!!!?

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    I don’t want to squash anybody’s hopes but rest assured that you will never, ever ever EVER see a one on one competition between superstars during ASG!!! Will never happen.

  • VanCityBBall

    Take it one more step further with the dunk contest… If “x” conference wins then those 3 should have a dunk off between each other, just 1 dunk. I find there’s no bragging rights if there is no one winner… Charity is a nice touch though

  • spit hot fiyah

    i wouldn’t even call it a contest. i already gave up on the nba dunk contest, but this idea is just stupid. specially when the east is going to smash the west.

  • robb

    I wish it could happen, but it would happen the same thing it happens with the SDC. Superstars like Lebron wouldn’t participate because they don’t wanna lose to another superstar.

  • robb

    They should do the slam dunk contest old school style. No teams, no time, no second attempts, no props, no bullshit. Just let’s see the best dunker win and that’s all.

  • Jay Brodes

    like the stars back in the dunk contest but a champion should be crowned,..only right with the stars back in fold!

  • Jay Brodes

    like the stars back in the dunk contest but a champion should be crowned,..only right with the stars back in fold!

  • KingBenjamin

    Man I’ve been saying for year’s that they need to go back to the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest format, it should be the best dunkers in the NBA, regardless of the conference that they are in.

    Here were the rules for the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest:

    First Round: – Each player performs 3 dunks, 1 dunk must be with a teammate
    First Round: – Lowest score will be dropped, Composite score: 100 Maximum
    First Round: – Top 3 Players advance to the Finals

    Final Round: Each player performs 2 dunks, composite score determines winner

    Prize Money: 1st place $25K, 2nd $15K, 3rd 10K, 4th-6th place $5K.

    If they were to go back to this format, the dunk contest would be back!

  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater

    LOOOOOOOOOOOL!

  • Ugh

    It hasn’t been a contest for more than a decade. Fan voting is a joke, the fact you score a thirty-five for NOT ACTUALLY DUNKING is a joke, the fact that Howard won the contest with a dunk where he didn’t touch the rim is a joke, the fact that almost every single dunk is scored a fifty is a joke, that almost every single dunk is a variation of the East Bay Funk Dunk is a joke… how could this make it worse?

  • spit hot fiyah

    i can’t disagree with u. personally i have given up on the nba dunk contest. it’s the worst out of all the dunk contests each year. the ncaa and mcdonalds contests are much better every single year. and the fact that u didn’t mention nate robinson is a joke :)

  • spit hot fiyah

    just raise the prize money

  • Ugh

    Nate winning three times is a joke. Personally, I thought he deserved the first one given how sweet the Spud dunk was.

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