NEW YORK (AP) —
Portland's Damian Lillard will become the first player to compete in
three events during All-Star Saturday night in New Orleans, including a
slam dunk contest that features three All-Stars for the first time in 26
Indiana's Paul George and Washington's John Wall also will
take part in the night's marquee event Feb. 15. There haven't been
three All-Stars in the dunk contest since the famed 1988 duel, when
Michael Jordan beat Dominique Wilkins on his home floor in Chicago, in a
field that also included Clyde Drexler.
Lillard, the reigning
Rookie of the Year, will play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday
night before defending his Skills Challenge title and competing in the
The remainder of the dunk field is defending
champion Terrence Ross of Toronto, Golden State's Harrison Barnes and
rookie Ben McLemore of Sacramento.
Cleveland All-Star Kyrie Irving
will defend his 3-point title against a field that also includes
All-Stars Stephen Curry of Golden State, Kevin Love of Minnesota and Joe
Johnson of Brooklyn, plus Orlando's Arron Afflalo, Washington's Bradley
Beal and San Antonio's Marco Belinelli.
The events will again
feature an Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format, with the
teams competing for charity. George will captain the East and Curry the
Lillard will be paired with Utah's Trey Burke as the Skills
Challenge is switching a team relay format. The other teams are: rookies
Michael Carter-Williams of Philadelphia and Victor Oladipo of Orlando;
All-Star DeMar DeRozan of Toronto and Giannis Antetokounmpo of
Milwaukee; and Goran Dragic of Phoenix and Reggie Jackson of Oklahoma
The teams for the shooting stars, which features a current
and former NBA player teaming with a WNBA player, are: Kevin Durant,
Karl Malone and Skylar Diggins; Chris Bosh, Wilkins and Swin Cash;
Stephen Curry, Dell Curry and Becky Hammon; and Tim Hardaway Jr., Tim
Hardaway Sr. and Elena Delle Donne.