NBA: 5 Best Participants for NBA All-Star Dunk and 3-Point Contests

The NBA is a global game that continues to grab the attention of young and old alike. Voting for your favorite All-Star continues today through Feb. 16. The game takes place at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, the home of the Hawks. This marks the third time Atlanta has been the host and its first since 2003.

The game was relocated from its original location of Indianapolis, which will host the 2024 All-Star Game instead. Tune in to TNT, which will broadcast the game for the 19th consecutive year. Marv Albert and Reggie Miller will be on the call.

The game itself is quite a special occasion but the dunk and 3-point contest seem to steal the spotlight of the week. Memorable moments, creative throwdowns, and sharpshooting make for a great dunk and 3-point contest. Here are five picks that’d I’d love to see for this year’s NBA Dunk and 3-point contest.

DUNK CONTEST

LaMelo Ball – Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte took LaMelo Ball with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 draft. On Jan. 9 he became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double at the age of 19 years old and 140 days. He finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in a 113-105 win against the Hawks. Ball is averaging 12.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6 assists per game as a role player. His creativity and unselfishness are unique. Imagine what he could do if he showcased his talents on the national stage.

Ja Morant – Memphis Grizzlies

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Last year’s NBA Rookie of the Year appears on an upward trend. Morant is averaging 18.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 7 assists per game. The point guard has put several players on posters with his high-flying dunks. His athleticism and scoring continue to increase.

Luka Doncic – Dallas Mavericks

Already an early favorite to win the MVP award, Doncic continues to gather praise from teammates and opponents alike. His composure while driving through traffic combined with his awareness to drive the lane, make him a creative technician.

Now in his third season, the unique 6-foot 7-inch guard can do it all. Take no further look than all of his nicknames — The Matador, El Matador, Cool Hand, The Don, Wonder Boy, El Nino Maravilla, Swaggy L, Luka Legend, Too Easy.

Zion Williamson – New Orleans Pelicans

Zion is the most unique and athletic power forward in the game at 6-foot, 7-inch, and 284-pounds. Williamson is a highlight reel making machine in the post.

At 20 years old, his creativity and fan-following would ignite a spectacle to behold. Big men have won it before, just remember Blake Griffin (2011) and Dwight Howard (2008).

Russell Westbrook – Washington Wizards

I know what you’re thinking. Not Westbrook. Why not? The reason the 11-year veteran NBA player would make a great case for the dunk contest is easy — his legacy. He’s a nine-time All-Star and two-time scoring champ. A dunk title would go a long way to help bring enthusiasm to the Wizards franchise and help prove naysayers that the old guys still have something to prove.

3-POINT CONTEST

Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors

When you say 3-pointer, the name Steph Curry should be one of the first out of your breath. He’s currently second on the all-time list and continues to climb the ladder at the age of 32. His career 3-point percentage has fluctuated between the low to mid 40’s.

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James Harden – Brooklyn Nets

Another name on the all-time list is Harden. Although not as a high percentage as Curry, he’s a solid shooter on the move. His rhythm and consistency have been proven among the best in the league.

Trae Young – Atlanta Hawks

Considered somewhat a streaky shooter, Young has averaged at least six 3-point attempts a game and is not shy to pull the trigger. Just in his third season, Young will continue to improve and could start improving his legacy with a 3-point contest title.

John Wall – Houston Rockets

Although not necessarily know for his shooting from behind the arc, his career 3-point percentage is about 32.6 percent. This season he can rebrand himself as a Houston Rocket and participating in the 3-point contest would get that ball rolling.

Kristaps Porzingis – Dallas Mavericks

This pick is more for nostalgia than any other reason. A 7-foot, 3-inch center in a 3-point contest? Remember Dirk Nowitzki? The former German is the all-time leader in treys from behind the arc made among 7-footers. This would be a great opportunity for Porzingis to showcase his talents.

What are your picks for the NBA’s Slam Dunk and Three-Point Contests? Leave a comment below.

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