The 2019 NBA All Star Saturday Night was filled with exciting moments from start to finish with Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics winning the Skills Challenge, Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets winning the Three-Point Contest and Hamidou Diallo winning the Dunk Contest.
Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets upset Steph Curry, a native of the host city Charlotte, North Carolina, in the final round to win the 3-point Contest on Saturday. He made every money shot on his last rack to catapult him to victory. He narrowly beat out Curry 26-24.
The upset maybe should have been expected as Harris is a four year pro shooting 47(!) percent from the 3-point line, compared to a 44 percent mark shot by Steph Curry before the All-Star Break.
Harris is having a career best season with the Nets where he is averaging a career high 13.9 points per game and is a solid contributor to the team.
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Seth Curry, Portland Trail Blazers
Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings
Danny Green, Toronto Raptors
Taco Bell Skills Challenge
Jayson Tatum took home the 2019 NBA Skills Challenge on a desperation half-court shot.
Tatum, a second year forward for the Boston Celtics advanced through victories against Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies, Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks in the final round
The Skills Challenge is suited for players that can pass and shoot threes. It is broken down into dribbling through obstacles, then passing the ball through a hoop, running back down the court for a layup, and shooting a three on the opposite side of the court.
Much like the current style of play in the NBA, winning or losing ultimately came down to who’s three would fall.
In the end it was Tatum’s, as he pulled up from half court and banked a three-pointer to put him on top.
Tatum is a second year pro on a loaded Boston Celtics team and is seen as one of the most promising young players in the league.
He’s averaging 16.5 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists in a primary role on a Boston team that is primed for a deep playoff run.
Other notable matchups included Trae Young defeating D’Aaron Fox in round one and Trae Young defeating his competition for Rookie of the Year, Luka Dončić in round two
Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies
Nikola Vučević, Orlando Magic
Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks
D’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets
Kyle Kuzma, Los Angelos Lakers
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
Jaysom Tatum, Boston Celtics
2019 Slam Dunk Contest
John Collins dunked over an airplane, Dennis Smith Jr. dunked over Rap Artist J-Cole, and Miles Bridges dazzled with a 360 tomahawk but all paled in comparison to Hamidou Diallo of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who dunked over Shaquille O’Neal to take home the trophy.
Diallo dunked over O’Neal and stuck his elbow into the rim, an homage to Vince Carter’s infamous Honey Dip Dunk from the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
As he was hanging from the rim, he ripped his jersey open to reveal a Superman costume underneath, an obvious nod to the giant he jumped over.
Diallo, a second year pro, also hyped the crowd with an windmill dunk off of an ally-oop from teammate Russell Westbrook, he also had a self-assisted dunk where he rose above the rim (no 2pac) and slammed it down.
Diallo dunked over Atlanta rap artist Quavo in his final dunk to narrowly defeat Dennis Smith Jr by two points.
John Collins, Atlanta Hawks
Dennis Smith Jr., New York Knicks
Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets
Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City Thunder
NBA All Star Saturday Night is an annual event that precedes and serves as anticipation for the All-Star Game.
The 2019 NBA All Star Game will take place Sunday February 17 at 8PM E.S.T on TNT where Team Giannis will face off against Team Lebron.