The NBA All Star weekend continue on to Saturday night with three icon competitions. The skills challenge, three point contest and dunk contest. All three provided entertainment to the fans in Toronto. Here is a recap of what happened in each competition leading up to one of the best dunk contests in NBA history.
Skills Challenge Winner – Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
The skills challenge went in a different direction putting big man like Anthony Davis, Draymond Green and others. The competition became more intense in the final round when it was Towns vs Isiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics. One of the more skillful big man as a rookie took it to Thomas as Towns won the competition. Towns a clear favorite for the Rookie of the Year despite Kristaps Porzingis consistent success.
Three Point Contest Winner – Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
The best three point shooters in the game competed against each other. They were focus on taking the title away from reigning MVP Stephen Curry. Only two other players were in the final round: Klay Thompson and Devin Booker. Booker didn’t get close enough to Curry, who had 23 in the final round. Thompson however was hot since the beginning of the contest. He continue to swish shot after shot after shot, going pass Curry by four for the win. He is arguably the second best shooter in the NBA behind Curry. They are in discussion as the best backcourt in NBA history.
Dunk Contest Winner – Zach LaVine (Minnesota Timberwolves)
The best event of the night went down to the wire. The early rounds in the NBA dunk contest were warm ups between the competitors. But no one though LaVine be in competition with a very athletic player in Aaron Gordon. The final round displayed their favorite dunk moves, including Gordon’s sit down dunk over the Orlando Magic mascot. LaVine did a between the leg dunk from the free throw line, earning him his second straight dunk title. LaVine won the contest, but Gordon stole the show as it could have been a tie if the judges weren’t strict on the scores.