ATLANTA — Thirteen years have elapsed since an Atlanta Hawks player has graced the signature event of NBA All-Star Saturday (Josh Smith in 2006) – the dunk contest.
But that streak will end in the coming days, with the announcement of Hawks forward John Collins competing in this year's dunk-athon event in Charlotte, N.C.
It's not the largest of dunk competitions, either, with mrerely Dennis Smith Jr. (Knicks), Hamidou Diallo (Thunder) and rookie Miles Bridges (Hornets) joining Collins on Feb. 16 (Spectrum Center).
DUNK CONTEST RULES
This process tends to undergo major change on a semi-regular basis, so pay attention here:
**Two rounds of competition.
**All four athletes will attempt multiple dunks in Round 1.
**For each round, the contestants can perform a maximum of three attempts for each dunk.
**Five judges score each dunk on a 6-10 scale, with a minimum cumulative tally of 30 points and maximum number of 50.
**The two players with the highest dunk scores advance to the final round.
**For the final round, the player with the highest combined score (two dunks) gets crowned champion.
RISING STARS CHALLENGE
In other news ... Hawks rookie Trae Young will join the American team in the Rising Stars game during All-Star weekend.
His teammates in Charlotte: Jayson Tatum (Celtics), Donovan Mitchell (Jazz), Kyle Kuzma (Lakers), Jaren Jackson Jr. (Grizzlies), De'Aaron Fox (Kings), Jarrett Allen (Nets), Lonzo Ball (Lakers) and Marvin Bagley III (Kings).
The headliner on the international squad: Luka Doncic ... the presumptive Rookie of the Year who was originally drafted by the Hawks.