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All-Star Saturday Night open thread: Dennis Smith Jr. takes on the Dunk Contest

Will the dynamic Mavs’ rookie bring a trophy back home with him to Dallas?

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WHO: Dennis Smith Jr. and some other guys

WHAT: All-Star Saturday Night

WHEN: 7:00 p.m. CT

WHERE: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA


All-Star Saturday Night is arguably the most anticipated night of the entire All-Star Weekend. Tonight, there will be three events: the Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Contest and the Dunk Contest. All of these will be great to watch, but most of our interest will be in the Dunk Contest, as Dallas Mavericks dynamic rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will be attempting to take the trophy back to Dallas with him. Smith, standing at 6-foot, 3-inches tall, was made for this, as he’s been pulling off crazy dunks since he was in the eighth grade. Smith has been teasing us all season with his in-game dunks, and he gave us another one last night in the Rising Stars Challenge.

Here are the contestants for each of the three events tonight.

Skills Challenge

Lou Williams, Joel Embiid, Jamal Murray, Buddy Hield, Spencer Dinwiddie, Andre Drummond, Al Horford and Lauri Markkanen

Three-Point Contest

Klay Thompson, Paul George, Eric Gordon, Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Kyle Lowry, Tobias Harris and Wayne Ellington

Dunk Contest

Dennis Smith Jr., Donovan Mitchell, Victor Oladipo and Larry Nance Jr.