The Slam Dunk Contest is often the highlight of NBA All-Star Weekend and the 2022 Slam Dunk Contest is sure to be one you won’t want to miss.
This year’s dunk contest features four top players: Cole Anthony of Orlando, Jalen Green of Houston, Obi Toppin of New York and Juan Toscano-Anderson of Golden State.
Before the contest, here’s everything you need to know about how the contest works.
NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest Rules, Scoring, Format and Judges
NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest Rules, Scoring, and Format
The NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest is a two-round competition in which five judges score each dunk on a scale of six to 10. The highest score a dunk can receive is a 50 while a 30 is the lowest score possible.
All four contestants will get two dunks in the first round. The two players with the highest combined score for their two dunks will advance to the final round.
If a tie is to be broken in the first round, the advancing dunkers will be determined by “judges’ choice”. The judges will be asked to choose which dunker(s) advance by raising a card bearing the dunker’s name.
The two finalists each get two dunks in the final round. The dunker with the highest combined score for both dunks in the final round will be crowned the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest champion.
If there is a tie after the final round, a dunk-off will take place to determine the champion. If there is still a tie after the one-dunk dunk-off, the champion will be determined by “judges’ choice”.
In both rounds, each player must complete their dunk in three attempts. According to the NBA, an attempt is defined as the player controlling the basketball and moving it to the edge.
NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest Judges
Judges for the 2022 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest have yet to be announced.
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What time does the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest start?
- Dated: Saturday February 19
- Time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. ET
The NBA All-Star Dunk Contest is the third and final event of All-Star Saturday Night, which begins at 8 p.m. ET. The Dunk Contest will begin after the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest are completed.
What channel is the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest airing on?
The 2022 NBA All-Star Game will be broadcast live on TNT, along with the Rising Stars Game, Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest. In the US, you can stream all NBA All-Star Weekend events on TNTdrama.com or with Sling TV, which offers a three-day free trial.
Brian Anderson, Reggie Miller, Dwyane Wade and Stephanie Ready will be on call all Saturday night. Kenny “the Jet” Smith will join them to commentate the Slam Dunk Contest.
Past NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest Winners
|2021||Anfernee Simons||Trail Blazers||Atlanta|
|2020||Derrick Jones Jr.||Heat||Chicago|
|2018||Donovan Mitchell||Jazz||Los Angeles|
|2017||Glenn Robinson III||Pacers||New Orleans|
|2016||Zach LaVine||timber wolves||Toronto|
|2015||Zach LaVine||timber wolves||New York City|
|2014||John Wall||Wizards||New Orleans|
|2011||Blake Griffin||Mowers||Los Angeles|
|2008||Dwight Howard||Magic||New Orleans|
|2004||Fred Jones||Pacers||Los Angeles|
|2002||Jason Richardson||Warriors||philadelphia cream|
|2001||Desmond Mason||SuperSonics||washington d.c.|
|1996||brent barry||Mowers||San Antonio|
|1994||Rider of Isiah||timber wolves||Minnesota|
|1993||Harold Miner||Heat||Salt Lake City|