Gordon to Compete in First NBA All-Star Slam Dunk-In
Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Eric Gordon and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors will compete in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk-In to determine one of the participants in the Sprite Slam Dunk, the NBA announced today. The NBA All-Star Slam Dunk-In will air live on TNT, which will televise the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam (9 p.m. ET) from American Airlines Center in Dallas.
This one-round slam dunk-in competition will be held during halftime of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam on Friday, Feb. 12, and fans will determine the winner by voting via SMS text message and at NBA.com.
TNT’s coverage of All-Star Weekend continues Saturday from American Airlines Center in Dallas with All-Star Saturday Night (8 p.m. ET) and concludes Sunday from Cowboys Stadium with the 59th NBA All-Star Game (8 p.m. ET).
Gordon and DeRozan will have two dunks each, with a two-minute time limit to complete each dunk. Fans will determine the winner of the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk-In by voting via SMS Text message or on NBA.com during the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam. Voting polls will open at the beginning of the event and close two minutes after the final dunk. The player with a higher percentage of overall votes will advance to participate in the Sprite Slam Dunk event on All-Star Saturday Night. The other three contestants in the Sprite Slam Dunk will be announced on Monday, Jan. 18.
Gordon, in his second season with the Clippers, is averaging 17.1 points. As a rookie, he scored 19 points in last year’s Rookie Challenge, which the Sophomores won, 122-116. The ninth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, DeRozan has started every game for the Raptors and is averaging 7.8 points. The USC product has scored a career-high 21 points on two occasions.
The Sprite Slam Dunk and T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam are part of NBA All-Star 2010, which also includes the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout; Taco Bell Skills Challenge; Haier Shooting Stars; NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas; and the 59th NBA All-Star Game.