Slam Dunk Contest and Three-Point Shootout fields set for All-Star Saturday
By Ben Golliver
The NBA announced the fields for the Slam Dunk Contest, the Three-Point Contest, and other 2013 All-Star Weekend events on Thursday.
The Slam Dunk Contest field: Gerald Green (Pacers), Terrence Ross (Raptors), James White (Knicks), Eric Bledsoe (Clippers), Jeremy Evans (Jazz), Kenneth Faried (Nuggets)
The Three-Point Shootout field: Paul George (Pacers), Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers), Steve Novak (Knicks), Ryan Anderson (Hornets), Matt Bonner (Spurs), Stephen Curry (Warriors)
Here’s the list of Shootout competitors in order of three-point shooting percentage this season: Curry (44.9 percent), Novak (44.4 percent), Irving (42.9 percent), Bonner (42.1 percent), Anderson (39.7 percent) and George (38.7 percent.)
The Skills Challenge is a timed obstacle course that involves dribbling around cones, passing through targets and making lay-ups.
The Skills Challenge field: Jrue Holiday (Sixers), Brandon Knight (Pistons), Jeff Teague (Hawks), Damian Lillard (Blazers), Jeremy Lin (Rockets), Tony Parker (Spurs)
The Shooting Stars competition involves an NBA player, a WNBA player and a retired player shooting from various locations on the court.
Team Bosh: Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins, Swin Cash
Team Lopez: Brook Lopez, Muggsy Bogues, Tamika Catchings
Team Harden: James Harden, Sam Cassell, Tina Thompson
Team Westbrook: Russell Westbrook, Robert Horry, Maya Moore
Finally, the Rising Stars Challenge, which takes place on Friday night and was formerly known as the Rookie/Sophomore challenge, will feature nine rookies and nine sophomores mixed together in a draft by Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley. Roster pool candidates were announced last week and the final teams were announced Thursday.
Team Shaq: Damian Lillard (Blazers), Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers), Andre Drummond (Pistons), Klay Thompson (Warriors), Harrison Barnes (Warriors), Chandler Parsons (Rockets), Dion Waiters (Cavaliers), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Bobcats), Tyler Zeller (Cavaliers), Kemba Walker (Bobcats)
Team Chuck: Anthony Davis (Hornets), Kenneth Faried (Nuggets), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), Bradley Beal (Wizards), Ricky Rubio (Timberwolves), Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers), Nikola Vucevic (Magic), Brandon Knight (Pistons), Isaiah Thomas (Kings), Alexey Shved (Timberwolves)
All-Star Saturday — comprised of the Shooting Stars, Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and Dunk Contest — will include a running competition between the conferences for charity. Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Clippers guard Chris Paul will captain the Eastern and Western Conference, respectively.
2013 All-Star Weekend runs from Feb. 15-17 in Houston’s Toyota Center.