NBA All-Star Weekend 2023 schedule: What time is the Slam Dunk Contest?

CLEVELAND, OHIO - FEBRUARY 19: Obi Toppin #1 of the New York Knicks dunks the ball during the AT&T Slam Dunk Contest as part of the 2022 NBA All Star Weekend at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 19, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - FEBRUARY 19: Obi Toppin #1 of the New York Knicks dunks the ball during the AT&T Slam Dunk Contest as part of the 2022 NBA All Star Weekend at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 19, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /
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NBA All-Star Weekend has begun! If you’re unfamiliar, this is an annual event that brings together the best basketball players from the Eastern and Western Conferences for a few days of competitions and festivities. The All-Star Game is the main event this Sunday, where the top players from each conference compete in a friendly (but still competitive!) game that shows off their skills. In addition to the game, the weekend also includes events such as the Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Contest, Skills Challenge, and Rising Stars Challenge.

The Slam Dunk Contest features some of the most high-flying and creative dunks of the year, as players showcase their athleticism and creativity by jumping over other players, performing acrobatic moves, and even dunking while blindfolded. Some of the most memorable moments in All-Star Weekend history have taken place during this contest, including Michael Jordan’s iconic “free throw line” dunk in 1988 and Vince Carter’s “elbow dunk” in 2000.

Needless to say, the Slam Dunk Contest is one you don’t want to miss this weekend! Here’s when and how you can tune in.

What time is the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest?

The Slam Dunk Contest takes place tonight, Saturday, February 18. It’ll be the third event of the evening during the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night lineup which starts at 8:00 p.m. ET. That means the Slam Dunk Contest will likely start around 8:30 p.m. ET. We’d recommend tuning in at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight just so you don’t miss any of the exciting contests.

The event will be airing live on TNT. If you don’t have access to the channel TNT through your cable provider, you can also watch it through various live TV sites, such as FuboTV, DIRECTV, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and other services.

NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest winners

While we wait for the All-Star Saturday Night event to start this evening, check out the past 10 winners of the Slam Dunk Contest:

  • 2022: Obi Toppin
  • 2021: Anfernee Simons
  • 2020: Derrick Jones Jr.
  • 2019: Hamidou Diallo
  • 2018: Donovan Mitchell
  • 2017: Glenn Robinson III
  • 2016: Zach LaVine
  • 2015: Zach LaVine
  • 2014: John Wall
  • 2013: Terrence Ross

All-Star Weekend is the best chance to see your favorite players compete against each other on a big stage. There’s also a variety of fan events, celebrity appearances, and parties, which make it a fun and exciting weekend for fans both in person and watching from home. What are you most looking forward to from the NBA this weekend?

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