Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross (31) performs his winning dunk after jumping over a ballboy during the 2013 NBA All-Star slam dunk contest at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Gay/AP via USA TODAY Sports

NBA All-Star Weekend: Star-driven Dunk Contest comes with new format

The NBA Dunk contest finally has some solid star power.

The NBA officially announced Thursday that Damian Lillard, Paul George, Terrance Ross, John Wall, Harrison Barnes and Ben McLemore would be the 2014 NBA All-Star participants, however it comes with a little change.

Rather than competing individually, like usual fashion, the NBA announced that the participants will be competing as a team — Eastern Conference vs Western Conference.

The first round (“Freestyle Round”) gives dunkers from each conference 90 seconds to do as many dunks as they want.

After each conference’s “Freestyle Round”, the judges will determine whether the Eastern Conference or Western Conference won the round. There will be no scores, the judges will simply pick “east or west”.

Whichever conference wins will then get to choose whether its dunkers go first or second in the second round of dunks, which is called the “Battle Round”. In this round, the dunkers from each conference will be paired off against one another and then will square off in a head-to-head dunk-off in order for the judges to determine a winner. The losing dunker will then be eliminated.

Whenever a conference wins three head-to-head matchups, it has won the “Battle Round” by eliminating all competitors. Dunkers do not battle within their conferences.

After that, a “Dunker of the Night” will be crowned, which will be determined by the fans vote — just as its always been in the past. That’s about the only thing that hasn’t changed, other than its name.

Take it all in. It’s a bit confusing, but change is good. Let’s see if it works.


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