Preview: AT&T Slam Dunk Contest
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - MARCH 07: Obi Toppin of the New York Knicks competes in the 2021 NBA All-Star - AT&T Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Sunday Night at State Farm Arena on March 07, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The third and final event of the Saturday night festivities during the NBA All-Star Weekend will be the AT&T Slam Dunk Contest.

This event is expected to be the most exciting out of the three due to the quality of athletes that will take flight at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland.

Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony, Houston Rockets guard Jalen Green, New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin and Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson will compete for the crown.

Storylines

Toppin returns for his second appearance after finishing as the runner-up last year. He is averaging 7.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 15.5 minutes in his second NBA season.

The rest of the participants are set to make their event debuts.

Anthony is averaging 17.7 points, 6.0 assists and 5.9 rebounds in his second NBA season. The 6-3 guard leads the Magic in scoring and assists was also selected to play in the weekend's Clorox Rising Stars.

Green, also a Rising Stars selection, ranks fifth among NBA rookies in scoring at 14.4 points per game. He was selected by Houston with the second overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft after playing with NBA G League Ignite for the 2020-21 season.

Juan Toscano-Anderson won the Mexican Basketball League Dunk Contest with Fuerza Regia in 2017. Now, he will attempt to do the same during the NBA All-Star Weekend while representing the Golden State Warriors

Toscano-Anderson is set to become the fourth player not selected in the NBA Draft to compete in the AT&T Slam Dunk since 2000. 

Rules

Five judges will score every dunk on a scale of 6 to 10, resulting in a high score of 50 and a low score of 30.

All four competitors will get two dunks in the first round. The two players with the highest combined score for their two dunks will advance to the final round.

The two finalists will then get two dunks in the final round.  The dunker with the highest combined score for his two dunks in the final round will be crowned the 2022 AT&T Slam Dunk champion.

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