NBA All-Star Game 2021: Anfernee Simons wins the Slam Dunk Competition

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NBA All-Star Game 2021: This year’s Slam Dunk Contest that featured just three participants, including Obi Toppin, Anfernee Simons, and Cassius Stanley, was won by Anfernee Simons.

NBA All-Star Game 2021: Live updates from the AT&T Slam Dunk Contest

First Round

– Toppin leaps over his father and his teammate Julis Randle, throwing down the windmill. He gets 46 for his second dunk, bringing his total to 94.

– Simons breaks out the Tracy McGrady Raptors uni for his second dunk, throwing himself the lob for the 360! Shoutout to the 200 dunk contest. He gets a 49 bringing his total to 95.

– After a couple of misses on his second dunk, Cassius Stanley gets a 37 for his second jam, bringing his total to 81 for the first round.

– Anfernee Simons goes sky-high dunking the ball home off the Nerf hoop. He gets a 46.

The 36th AT&T Slam Dunk Contest is set to take place at half-time of the All-Star Game, featuring some of the league’s high-flying young stars.

This year’s event will only have three participants instead of four, headlined by Obi Toppin (New York Knicks), Anfernee Simons (Portland Trail Blazers), and Cassius Stanley (Indiana Pacers).

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Last year’s winner Derrick Jones Jr. won’t be defending his crown in Atlanta.

The contest will be two rounds with each player attempting two dunks each in the first round, with the two highest scorers advancing to the second round.

The final two players will perform one dunk each to determine the winner. First-round dunks will be judged 6-10, allowing for a minimum score of 30 and a maximum of 50. In the final round will be ‘Judges Choice’ where they will select a winner by raising a card with the dunkers’ name displayed.

Here’s a look at all the participants:

Obi Toppin (New York Knicks)

Toppin was the No. 8 pick in the 2020 NBA draft and has already delivered several highlight-reel jams this season.

Anfernee Simons (Portland Trail Blazers)

The 21-year-old Trail Blazers guard is a one-man fast-break!

Cassius Stanley (Indiana Pacers)

The 21-year-old was selected with the 54th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and is sure to light up the dunk contest stage.

Stanley recorded a max vertical leap of 44 inches at the 2020 NBA Draft Combine, tied for the third-highest mark since 2000.

Legendary Judges

The NBA also announced legendary judging for this year’s event, made up of former winners headlined by Dominique Wilkins (1985 & 1990 champion), Dee Brown (1991), Jason Richardson (2002 & 2003), Josh Smith (2005), and Spud Webb (1986).

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