Warriors forward Harrison Barnes was one of six names announced as part of the slam dunk contest Thursday, while the Warriors’ lone All-Star, Stephen Curry, was previously announced as a participant in the 3-point contest.
The events will again feature an Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format, with the teams competing for charity. Curry will captain the West, while the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George will captain the East.
Meanwhile, Portland Trail Blazers guard and Oakland native Damian Lillard will become the first player to compete in three events during All-Star Saturday night in New Orleans, including the dunk contest which features three All-Stars for the first time in 26 years.
George and the Washington Wizards’ 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 3-point contest.
The remainder of the dunk field is defending champion Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors and rookie Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings.
Cleveland All-Star Kyrie Irving will defend his 3-point title against a field that also includes Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets, plus the Orlando Magic’s Arron Afflalo, the Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal and the San Antonio Spurs’ Marco Belinelli.
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.