What No One Tells You About Saturday #NBA All Star Weekend

3-pt Contest:

Foot Locker Three Point Contest Participants

Devin Booker (+850), Phoenix Suns
Chris Bosh (+4000), Miami Heat
Stephen Curry (+125), Golden State Warriors
James Harden (+1500), Houston Rockets
Kyle Lowry (+700), Toronto Raptors
Khris Middleton (+1800), Milwaukee Bucks
J.J. Redick (+500), L.A. Clippers
Klay Thompson (+375), Golden State Warriors

Defending champion Stephen Curry and Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson lead a list of five NBA All-Stars who will showcase their shooting range in the 2016 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The eight-player field also features 2016 All-Stars Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat,James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, as well as Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks and J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Foot Locker Three-Point Contest is part of State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, which will be exclusively televised by TNT in the U.S. at 7:30 p.m. ET. This marks Turner Sports’ 31st year of NBA All-Star coverage. Sportsnet and TSN will simulcast the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest in Canada.

Continue Reading: Curry, Thompson top Foot Locker Three-Point Contest | NBA.com

Slam-Dunk Contest:

Zach LaVine’s showing at the 2015 Slam Dunk Contest in Brooklyn was so dominant and engaging that he immediately received the ultimate compliment from the media afterwards: “Will you be back again next year?”

The high-flying Timberwolves guard is indeed back to defend his crown in Toronto on Saturday. The 20-year-old is the odds-on favorite to become just the fourth player to win back-to-back Dunk Contests, joining Michael Jordan (1987 and 1988), Jason Richardson (2002 and 2003), and Nate Robinson (2009 and 2010).

Although his three challengers—Denver’s Will Barton, Orlando’s Aaron Gordon and Detroit’s Andre Drummond—covers all the bases with their different physiques and dunking styles, none has previously competed in the Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend. LaVine, then, will enter the competition with the best hang time, the deepest bag of tricks, and the most experience on the big stage.

As such, the oddsmaking service Bovada.LV has pegged him as a massive favorite:

• Zach LaVine: -300
• Will Barton: +550
•​ Aaron Gordon: +400
•​ Andre Drummond: +850

The four participants will (thankfully) be participating in a straightforward Dunk Contest format. There will be no teams. There will be no “freestyle” or “battle” rounds.

Continue Reading: 2016 Slam Dunk Contest preview: Can Zach Lavine repeat? | SI.com

Skills Challenge:

Taco Bell Skills Challenge Participants

Emmanuel Mudiay (+900), Denver Nuggets
Jordan Clarkson (+550), Los Angeles Lakers
DeMarcus Cousins (+1000), Sacramento Kings
Anthony Davis (+1200), New Orleans Pelicans
Draymond Green (+400), Golden State Warriors
CJ McCollum (+350), Portland Trail Blazers
Isaiah Thomas (+215), Boston Celtics
Karl-Anthony Towns (+1500), Minnesota Timberwolves

NBA All-Stars DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings,Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors will headline the 2016 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday, Feb. 13. Three-time reigning Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves rounds out the quartet of versatile frontcourt players in the eight-player field, the first time in the event’s 14-year history that multiple non-guards are competing.

Defending champion Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets and fellow guardsJordan Clarkson of the Los Angeles Lakers, CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers and All-Star Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics complete the lineup for the three-round, obstacle-course competition that tests dribbling, passing, agility and three-point-shooting skills. A head-to-head, bracket-style tournament format will be used for the second year in a row. The tournament matchups will be determined at a later date.

Continue Reading: Davis, Cousins give Taco Bell Skills Challenge new look | NBA.com