Wall & Beal to Participate in All-Star Saturday NightPosted on February 06, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The NBA announced today that Wizards guard John Wall will compete in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest while fellow Wizards guard Bradley Beal will participate in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest. Washington’s starting backcourt will be on display Saturday night, February 15th, at Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans, LA, as part of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend festivities.
"It's a dream come true to participate in my first NBA All-Star dunk contest," said Wall. "It's a fun and exciting event and I am honored to represent our fans and the Wizards organization and I'll do my best to bring home the trophy."
"This is a once in a lifetime experience," said Beal. "I'm excited to participate with and against so many great shooters and hope to help my Eastern Conference team win the event and bring home bragging rights for our fans."
Wall will compete with Paul George and defending champion Terrence Ross on the Eastern Conference squad against Harrison Barnes, Damian Lillard and Ben McLemore from the Western Conference. Beal will team up with Arron Afflalo, Kyrie Irving and Joe Johnson on the Eastern Conference team to compete against Marco Belinelli, Stephon Curry, Damian Lillard and Kevin Love of the Western Conference.
Wall (6-4, 195) has registered 24 dunks in 48 games this season. He is ranked second in the NBA in dunks among point guards, trailing only Shaun Livingston and Victor Oladipo with 25. Beal has shot .408 (75-184) from behind the arc this season, which is ranked third in the NBA among second-year players (minimum 100 attempts).
Wall is the second player in Wizards franchise history to participate in the dunk contest (JaVale McGee - 2011) while Beal is the fifth player in Wizards franchise history to participate in the three-point contest (Leon Wood - 1986, Tim Legler - 1996 and 1997, Tracy Murray - 1998, Gilbert Arenas - 2006 and 2007). Legler is the only player in franchise history to win the contest, when he did so in 1996.
This year's dunk contest will feature the participants competing as a team - three players representing the Eastern Conference and three players representing the Western Conference - in a two-round format. The competition will tip off with a Freestyle Round where the dunkers for each conference will have 90 seconds to showcase as many dunks as they want. At the conclusion of the Freestyle Round, the panel of judges will then choose a winner by voting "East" or "West." The winning conference will earn the advantage of deciding whether its dunkers will dunk first or second in the head-to-head battles that take place in the Battle Round. The Battle Round will feature head-to-head matchups pitting East dunkers vs. West dunkers, with the judges choosing a winner for each battle. Upon losing a head-to-head battle, that dunker is then eliminated from the competition. The first team to win three battles will win the competition and be crowned 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk champions.
The NBA's best from behind the arc will take part in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, with the eight players competing in a two-round competition. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. The highest scoring East and highest scoring West competitors from the First Round will advance to the Championship Round. Of the two finalists, the one with the lower individual score from the First Round will go first in the Championship Round. The player scoring the most points in the Championship Round will win the 2014 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest for his conference along with $100,000 for their Conference's charities.
Also tonight, the NBA announced the team lineups for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. Beal, who was selected to represent the sophomores on Jan. 29, will team with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Pero Antic, Andre Drummond, Harrison Barnes, Damian Lillard, Terrence Jones, Jonas Valanciunas and Dion Waiters. Beal was the 3rd player selected overall by "GM" Grant Hill.Posted in: Sports