HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Someone long, someone new, someone blue and someone true to New York City for All-Star 2015.
We’ll get it all during All-Star Saturday night, which will officially be showtime for Giannis Antetokounmpo, Zach LaVine, Victor Oladipo and Mason Plumlee, the four players who will vie for above-the-rim supremacy in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.
Antetokounmpo, the extremely long and ridiculously athletic Milwaukee Bucks swingman, brings his own brand of excitement to a contest that is always in search of a new wrinkle.
LaVine, the Minnesota Timberwolves rookie with the otherworldly bounce, was made for this contest.
Oladipo, who sports blue every night for the Orlando Magic, brings a 360-degree flair to the party, is a showman if ever there was one.
And Plumlee, the Nets’ big man who will have the luxury of battling on his own floor in Brooklyn, should know where all the sweet spots are on the floor at Barclays Center.
Whatever happens, we’ll have some fresh blood hoisting the trophy when it’s all over.
A closer look at the contestants …
VIDEO: The best of Giannis Antetokounmpo
VIDEO: The best of Zach LaVine
VIDEO: The best of Victor Oladipo
VIDEO: The best of Mason Plumlee
In addition to the fresh faces in the four-dunker field, we’ll also have some revised rules for the competition this year:
* JUDGES – There will be five judges. For each dunk, a score from 6-10 will be given by each judge, resulting in a maximum score of 50 and a minimum score of 30.
* ATTEMPTS PER DUNK – For each scored dunk in both rounds (Dunks #1 and #2 in the first round and Dunks # 1 and #2 in the final round), each dunker will be limited to three attempts to complete a given dunk.
* ATTEMPT DEFINTION – An attempt is defined as the player controlling the basketball and moving it toward the rim.
* OFFICIATING – A referee will judge whether a dunk is considered a made dunk or a missed dunk. Made dunks cannot be “replaced”, even if the dunker has remaining attempts.
* PROPS – Use of any props or other people in any way during the slam dunk competition must be approved in advance of the competition by the NBA Basketball Operations department.
* INSTANT REPLAY – At the discretion of the referee, instant replay may be utilized for rules compliance.
* TIEBREAKERS – In the event a tie in the first round needs to be broken in order to determine one or both of the top two finishers, a one-dunk “dunk-off” involving the tied players will take place to determine which player(s) will advance to the final round. In the event of a tie in the final round, a one-dunk dunk-off will take place to determine the champion. Any dunk-off will be repeated as necessary until the tie is broken. All dunk-offs (including a final round dunk-off) will be judged by the panel of five judges. Consistent with the rules applicable to the first round and the final round, each dunker will have three attempts to complete a dunk in the dunk-off.
There will be two dunks in the first round. And the first dunk will determine the order for the second dunk (player with the lowest score dunks first). The two dunkers with the highest composite scores from the first round advance to the final round (with a maximum score of 100 and a minimum of 60).
The final round will consist of two dunks as well, with the dunker with the lowest composite score from the first round going first. The dunkers alternate until each of the finalists has completed two dunks. The dunker with the highest composite score from the final round takes the crown.