All-Star Weekend officially got off to a start on Friday, but many of the marquee events happen on Saturday night.
A reminder that we no longer have The Shooting Stars competition, where current NBA players, WNBA players, and “legends” heave shots from halfcourt. There’s the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, and the Slam Dunk contest. Big men will be participating in the Skills Challenge as they did last season for the first time, where Karl-Anthony Towns took home the crown.
Here’s the schedule for everything taking place on Saturday, and how to watch (all times ET):
11 a.m. — Hall of Fame announcement
The Pro Basketball Hall of Fame will be revealing the finalists for the 2017 class. Tracy McGrady, Ben Wallace, and Chris Webber are among those expected to be in consideration as finalists.
12 p.m. — NBA All-Star practice (NBA TV)
This isn’t your typical NBA practice, which should be expected. You’re going to see a bunch of All-Stars shooting around and practicing. While it’s not traditional, for anybody that just loves the game, it’s a good watch. Sometimes the practices can get fun and competitive, like a halfcourt shooting contest or dunk contest.
2:30 p.m. — NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire (NBA TV)
The D-League All-Star Game (soon to be named G-League) isn’t something that’s necessarily a highly anticipated event, but the dunk contest — which takes place at halftime — is. Pierre Jackson, Chris McCullough, Vander Blue, and Quinn Cook are among the biggest names participating in the game.
5-6 p.m. — NBA Talent Challenge
This isn’t a basketball talent challenge by any means. The off-the-floor skills will be showcased, featuring either players that show off their talents. Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal will judge the competition, with fans voting on the acts.
6-6:30 p.m. — Dew NBA 3X All-Star Edition
We’ll transition from some brief non-basketball activities to some 3-on-3. Some of the best amateurs in the world have competed for a spot to participate, and will play with former NBA players Jason Williams and Baron Davis. Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook are the general managers for the game, with Shaquille O’Neal and Dennis Scott as coaches.
7 p.m. — Commissioner Adam Silver media availability (NBA TV)
For those of you who are interested in some of the intricacies of the NBA and what the commissioner will say in the State of the League address, this is for you. Silver is arguably the best commissioner across professional sports, and his thoughts are always worth hearing.
7-8 p.m. — TNT NBA Tip-Off preview show (TNT)
If hearing the commissioner speak isn’t your thing, fear not. TNT will be hosting their normal pregame show, and you’ll get insight from Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, and Charles Barkley. Some New Orleans humor might be in the mix as well, knowing how much the guys like to joke.
8-11 p.m. — State Farm All-Star Saturday Night (TNT)
This is what we’ve all been waiting for, the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, and the Slam Dunk contest. Let’s break down each event for the evening.
Skills Challenge. Karl-Anthony Towns was last year’s winner, after the NBA decided to allow big men to participate in the challenge. The challenge has two brackets, with four big men in one, and four guards in another.
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz
Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
John Wall, Washington Wizards
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Three-Point Contest. Last year, Klay Thompson stole the crown from his teammate Stephen Curry, scoring 27 to tie Curry’s record for most points scored in the contest. Curry won’t be in the competition this year, but Thompson will be in the mix to defend his title. Here’s the full lineup of contestants:
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
Wesley Matthews, Dallas Mavericks
CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers
Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers
Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets
Slam Dunk. The main event. We witnessed one of the greatest dunk contests of all-time last year when Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon faced off and blew our minds. Gordon is back to try to win his first dunk crown, but will not be contested with LaVine. LaVine didn’t plan on participating, but also suffered a season-ending ACL tear. There’s still plenty of competition for Gordon. Here’s the entire lineup: