Fans will watch NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2016 live stream online and televised coverage as part of All-Star Saturday Night’s events from Toronto. This year will feature four dunkers including the reigning champion Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves defending his crown. Can he become one of the few back-to-back dunk champs in the history of the competition? His opposition will include Andre Drummond, Will Barton and Aaron Gordon each looking to be the own to etch their name in the history books. The 2016 NBA Slam Dunk Contest live streaming and TV coverage arrives through TNT on Saturday night.
According to a Feb. 11 Sports Illustrated post, it’s reported that if LaVine wins tonight, he’ll become just the fourth back-to-back winner in the history of the contest. Previous players who accomplished that feat as part of their resumes were Nate Robinson in 2009-2010, Jason Richardson in 2002-2003 and Michael “Air” Jordan in 1987 and 1988. LaVine, at 20-years-old, will have the experience factor in tonight’s competition as he takes on three first-time participants. However, Drummond, Barton and Gordon have each had their own highlight reels of exciting dunks in regular season games, showing they have the potential to get the upset win.
As far as the rules go, this will be a “straightforward dunk contest,” where each player gets three tries to do their dunk with no time limit. Judges award a score ranging from six points to 10 points, with a 50 the highest possible score achievable. The first round will give each dunker two different dunks and the two dunkers with the best scores will move to the finals to face off. Whichever player has the highest combined score in that final round will be named Slam Dunk champion for 2016. LaVine is currently the odds on favorite to achieve that distinction.
The Bovada LV sportsbook gives LaVine odds of 1 to 4 to win tonight’s contest as the favorite. Will Barton has 7 to 2 odds, while Aaron Gordon is 5 to 1 and Andre Drummond is 9 to 1. Of these four players, Drummond is the only one named to an All-Star team this year, as he’ll be on the Eastern Conference reserves. LaVine recently participated in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars game on Friday night and took home the MVP award with a 30-point performance to lead Team USA to victory. Now he hopes to add a second-straight dunk contest championship to his trophy cabinet after Saturday night.
Saturday night’s 2016 NBA Slam Dunk Contest will be a part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night which starts up at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Based on the fact it includes the Skills Challenge and Three-Point Contest ahead of it, it could be around 9:30 to 10 p.m. ET or later when the dunk contest starts up. TNT will show the live televised coverage of the event, with cable and satellite subscribers able to watch it live streaming online by going to the TNT Drama website and logging in, or using the Watch TNT app on compatible devices. Sirius XM Satellite Radio listeners can hear coverage of All-Star weekend on channel 207.