The 2023 NBA All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City continues with All-Star Saturday Night competitions – starting with the Skills Challenge, 3-point competition and ending with the Slam Dunk competition – on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET. All three events will be televised on TNT. The All-Star Game caps Sunday’s weekend at Vivint Arena, home of Utah Jazz.
How to watch NBA All-Star events on Saturday nights
If: 8 p.m. ET Saturday
Where: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City
What: The three contests will be held in this order: Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest, and Slam Dunk
How the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge works
The Skills Challenge consists of three teams of three players each and consists of three rounds: Relay, Passing and Shooting. The winning team of each round gets challenge points, and the team with the most challenge points after the three rounds is the winner.
Skills Challenge teams and players
In team relay, each player completes a course that includes a 35-foot outlet pass from the baseline to a moving target, a dribble through moving targets, a short layup, a 3-pointer in the left corner, a dribble over the place and a goal includes a basket. Time is taken, the second and third team have to undercut the previous best time. The team with the fastest time gets 100 challenge points. In the event of a tiebreak, teams choose which player will run the course again. In the event of a second tie, another player completes the course again.
The second round is Team Passing, where all three players compete against each other at the same time. Within a 30 second time limit, the team must make at least one pass attempt on each target and must not attempt consecutive passes on the same target. Different dots are attached to different targets. The team with the most points gets 100 challenge points. In the event of a tie, the first tiebreaker will be the total number of passes made, the second tiebreaker will be the number of chest passes made, and the third will be the total number of outlet passes made.
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The third and final round is team shooting, in which each player on a team competes with a ball together. Each team has 60 seconds to score as many points as possible by shooting from five locations on the field that count for different scores. Each team starts from the fifth spot (right slot 30 feet deep 3-pointers) and each player must attempt at least one shot. Then the players have to switch shooting positions and cannot shoot from the same spot in succession. The team with the highest score gets 200 challenge points. In case of a tie, the teams choose a player to shoot from the fifth position, and if the player shoots, he gets an extra try. If no player from the tied teams takes a shot, each gets an extra try until the last player to take a shot wins the tiebreak.
If the teams are tied on challenge points after the three matches, the tied teams attempt half-field shots with all three competing players. The first team attempts shots until one is made or 1:30 time has elapsed. The second team must beat the time of the first team. If there is still a tie, the round is repeated.
How the NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest works
There are five ball shelves around the 3-point arc. Four racks have four normal cue balls worth 1 point each for crafted buckets and one money ball worth 2 points for a crafted bucket. The ball of money must be shot into the tray last.
The fifth rack is all money balls worth 2 points each for crafted buckets. Each player decides where on the arc to place the money ball tray.
There are also two ball racks, each with a ball, at Starry Range between racks 2 and 3 and racks 3-4 for deep hits. That’s worth 3 points apiece for made buckets.
Players must shoot every ball in a rack before moving on to the next location. There are a total of 27 balls to shoot and a 70 second time limit to shoot them all. The three players with the highest score after the first round advance to the championship round. In the event of a tie, a 30-second contest will be held in the same format as the original round and repeated until the tie is broken.
In the championship round, the player with the lowest score shoots first. The player with the highest score wins. In the event of a tie, a 70-second round takes place, which is repeated until there is a winner.
Players of the 3-point competition:
Note: Randle replaces Portland’s Anfernee Simons, who is out with a right ankle sprain.
How the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest works
There are two rounds in the dunk contests, with five judges — Jamal Crawford, Lisa Leslie, Karl Malone, Harold Miner, and Dominique Wilkins — judging each dunk. The average of the five gives the individual dunk score.
Each player gets two dunk scores in two rounds. Everyone gets 1:30 and an extra try to complete a dunk. They are limited to three tries, which means the player controls the basketball in the air and moves to the rim. A try is any action taken to attempt a dunk. A referee decides whether an attempt counts as a dunk made or missed.
The two players with the highest totals between their first and second dunks advance to the final round. In the event of a tie, the advancing players will be determined by the referee’s choice. The two players who advance then have two dunks in the last round and the same rules apply as in the previous round.
In the event of a tie in the final round, a dunk-off is performed with a dunk. Each player has one try. If there is a tie thereafter, the winner is determined by the judges’ choice, with the judges raising a card with the player’s name on it.
Slam Dunk Participants: