NBA All-Star Saturday: Antetokounmpos in Skills; Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum in 3-Point Contest; Trey Murphy III in Slam Dunk

NBA All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City starts Friday at celebrity game and rising star gamethen continues with All-Star Saturday Night and the All-Star Game on Sunday at the Vivint Arena, home of the Utah Jazz.

Participants of Saturday night contests – Skill Challenge, 3 Point Contest and Slam Dunk was announced on Tuesday. Events start at 20:00 ET on Saturday (TNT). Here are the players participating in each event:

Skill Challenge

Skills Challenge will consist of three rounds: relay, pass and shooting. The winning team in each round will receive test points, and the team with the most test points after three rounds will be the winner. If there is a tie, there will be a tie-break and tied teams will take half court throws.

Competition for 3 points

  • Jason Tatum, Boston Celtics

  • Kevin Huerter, Sacramento Kings

  • Tyler Herro, Miami Heat

  • Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana Pacers

  • Buddy Heald, Indiana Pacers

  • Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

  • Anferny Simons, Portland Trail Blazers

  • Lauri Markkanen, Utah Jazz

slam dunk

  • Jericho Sims, New York Knicks

  • Mac McClung, Philadelphia 76ers (two-way contract)

  • Trey Murphy III, New Orleans Pelicans

  • KJ Martin, Houston Rockets

The judges for the Slam Dunk are Jamal Crawford, Lisa Leslie, Karl Malone, Harold Miner and Dominic Wilkins.

The Antetokounmpo brothers Giannis, Alex and Thanasis will once again take part in the All-Star Saturday Skill Challenge at the 2023 All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City.  (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
The Antetokounmpo brothers Giannis, Alex and Thanasis will once again take part in the All-Star Saturday Skill Challenge at the 2023 All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

NBA All-Star Game

All-Star players, reserves and injury substitutions were previously announced. The All-Star Game Draft will be held on the court before the game, with the captains being selected first from the starting pool and then from the reserve pool. The draft starts at 7:30 pm ET Sunday (TNT/TBS). The game starts at 8:30 pm ET.

Western Conference starter

  • LeBron James, F, Los Angeles Lakers (Captain)

  • Nikola Jokic, center, Denver Nuggets

  • Luke Doncic, guard/guard, Dallas Mavericks

  • Ja Morant, Gee, Memphis Grizzlies

  • Lauri Markkanen, FC, Utah Jazz

Western Conference Reserves

  • Domantas Sabonis, center, Sacramento Kings

  • Shai Gilgeus-Alexander, G, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Paul George, F, Los Angeles Clippers

  • Damian Lillard, goaltender, Portland Trail Blazers

  • Years Jackson Jr., F, Memphis Grizzlies

  • Anthony Edwards, J, Minnesota Timberwolves

  • De’Aaron Fox, G, Sacramento Kings


  • Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets

Notes: Golden State Warriors defenseman Stephen Curry (leg) and New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (hamstring) were originally drafted as starters but would not play due to injuries. They were replaced by Morant and Markkanen. Edwards and Fox were named as replacements after injuries as reserves.

Eastern Conference starter

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Milwaukee Bucks (captain)

  • Jason Tatum, defenseman, Boston Celtics

  • Kyrie Irving, goaltender, Dallas Mavericks

  • Donovan Mitchell, goaltender, Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Joel Embiid, FC, Philadelphia 76ers

Eastern Conference Reserve

  • DeMar DeRozan, defenseman, Chicago Bulls

  • Jaylen Brown, goaltender, Boston Celtics

  • Bam Adebayo, C, Miami Heat

  • Jrue Holiday, G, Milwaukee Bucks

  • Julius Randle, F, New York Knicks

  • Tyrese Haliburton, goaltender, Indiana Pacers

  • Pascal Siakam, defenseman, Toronto Raptors


  • Joe Mazzulla, Boston Celtics

Notes: Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant was selected as an Eastern Conference starter by the Brooklyn Nets before the trade deadline. Durant will not play due to a sprained ligament. Embiid replaced Durant as a starter, while Siakam was named as a substitute after injury as a reserve. Irving was named an Eastern Conference starter while still a member of the Nets.

Brown has a fractured face and will miss his third game in a row on Tuesday. If he fails to play in the All-Star Game, an additional substitution will be scheduled following an injury.

Rising stars

It will feature 1st and 2nd year NBA players, as well as G League players. Rising Stars game at 9pm ET Friday (TNT). Four teams will compete in two games and the winners of those games will play in the third game for the title of rising stars.

The two semi-final games will be played to a final target score of 40 and the championship game will be played to a target score of 25.

The teams are coached by Pau Gasol, Deron Williams and Joaquim Noah, who were selected from the NBA rookies and sophomores, and Jason Terry, who will lead the G League team.

Here are the commands:

Paul’s Team

  • Paolo Bankero, Orlando Magic

  • Benedict Maturin, Indiana Pacers

  • Jayden Ivey, Detroit Pistons

  • Scotty Barnes, Toronto Raptors

  • Jose Alvarado, New Orleans Pelicans

  • Keegan Murray, Sacramento Kings

  • Andrew Nembhard, Indiana Pacers

Team Deron

  • Franz Wagner, Orlando Magic

  • Jalen Green, Houston Rockets

  • Alperen Sengan, Houston Rockets

  • Trey Murphy III, New Orleans Pelicans

  • AJ Griffin, Atlanta Hawks

  • Bones Highland, Los Angeles Clippers

  • Walker Kessler, Utah Jazz

Team Joakim

  • Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Josh Giddy, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Jalen Williams, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Jeremy Sochan, San Antonio Spurs

  • Quentin Grimes, New York Knicks

  • Jabari Smith Jr., Houston Rockets

  • Jalen Duren, Detroit Pistons

Team Jason

  • Sidi Sissoko, G League Ignite

  • Scoot Henderson, G League Ignite

  • King of Mojave, G League Ignite

  • Kenneth Lofton Jr., Memphis Hustle

  • Mac McClung, Delaware Blue Coats/Philadelphia 76ers (two-way contract)

  • Leonard Miller, G League Ignite

  • Scottie Pippen Jr., South Bay Lakers


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