Atlanta’s John Collins to Join Miles Bridges, Hamidou Diallo and Dennis Smith Jr. in 2019 AT&T Slam Dunk Contest

Atlanta’s John Collins to Join Miles Bridges, Hamidou Diallo and Dennis Smith Jr. in 2019 AT&T Slam Dunk Contest

Charlotte Hornets ahead Miles Bridges, Atlanta Hawks forward-center John Collins, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo and New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. will showcase their aerial artistry and leaping potential within the 2019 AT&T Slam Dunk on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The 34th Slam Dunk is a part of State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night, which additionally options the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge and the MTN DEW Three-Point Contest.  All-Star Saturday Night will air stay on TNT and ESPN Radio within the United States at eight p.m. ET.  NBA All-Star 2019 will attain followers in additional than 200 nations and territories in additional than 40 languages on their televisions, computer systems, cell phones and tablets.

AT&T has turn into the title companion of Slam Dunk as a part of a brand new multiyear official advertising and marketing partnership with the NBA.  This new settlement will tip off subsequent week at NBA All-Star 2019, the place AT&T will even be the presenting companion of NBA All-Star Practice and Media Day.

Two rookies (Bridges and Diallo) and two second-year NBA gamers (Collins and Smith) comprise the AT&T Slam Dunk subject.  Here is a more in-depth have a look at the individuals:

  • Miles Bridges, Hornets:Competing in his residence enviornment, the 6-7 ahead is the Hornets’ first Slam Dunk participant since 2010 (Gerald Wallace).  Bridges, the 12thtotal decide in NBA Draft 2018 introduced by State Farm, has 12 double-digit scoring video games this season.  He was a consensus 2017-18 Second Team All-American in his sophomore season at Michigan State.

  • John Collins, Hawks:Collins leads Atlanta in scoring (19.6 ppg) and rebounding (10.zero rpg) and ranks ninth within the NBA in subject purpose proportion (58.four).  He earned a spot on the U.S. Team for MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars, which will likely be performed on Friday, Feb. 15 throughout NBA All-Star 2019.  The 6-10 forward-center was named to the 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie Second Team after averaging 10.5 factors and seven.Three rebounds final season.  A former Wake Forest star, Collins is Atlanta’s first Slam Dunk competitor since 2006 (Josh Smith).

  • Hamidou Diallo, Thunder:Diallo, a 6-5 guard, recorded a 44.5-inch most vertical leap on the 2017 NBA Draft Combine powered by Under Armour, the second-highest mark in occasion historical past.  The 45th total decide in NBA Draft 2018 introduced by State Farm has appeared in 43 video games as a rookie with Oklahoma City.  In his three begins, Diallo has averaged eight.7 factors and shot 76.9 % from the sphere.  He is the Thunder’s first Slam Dunk participant since 2011 (Serge Ibaka).

 

  • Dennis Smith Jr., Knicks:Smith returns to Slam Dunk after ending third final season.  The 6-Three guard, who was acquired by New York in a commerce with the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 31, is averaging 12.eight factors and four.four assists per sport.  Last season, the Fayetteville, N.C., native averaged 15.2 factors and 5.2 assists and joined Collins on the 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie Second Team.  Smith is the Knicks’ first Slam Dunk competitor since 2013 (James White).

2019 AT&T Slam Dunk Rules

In the two-round occasion, individuals can carry out any dunk they select.  The gamers have a most of three makes an attempt to finish every dunk in each the primary spherical and the ultimate spherical.  Five judges rating each dunk on a scale of 6 to 10, leading to a excessive rating of 50 and a low rating of 30.

All 4 opponents get two dunks within the first spherical.  The two gamers with the very best mixed rating for his or her two dunks advance to the head-to-head last spherical.  The participant with the very best mixed rating for his two dunks within the last spherical is topped the champion.  Click here for an entire clarification of the foundations.

 

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