The 35th AT&T Slam Dunk, part of the All-Saturday festivities at United Center in Chicago, features four participants - Dwight Howard (Los Angeles Lakers), Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magic), Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks), and Derrick Jones Jr. (Miami Heat).
All-Star Saturday Night will take place from 6:30 AM onwards on Sunday, Feb. 16.
Here's a look at all the participants:
Dwight Howard (Los Angeles)
This is Howard's fourth participation in the Dunk Contest. A former winner in 2008, Howard returns to the competition for the first time since 2009, the last of three straight appearances.
Aaron Gordon (Orlando)
This is Gordon's third time (2016 & 2017) in the Dunk Contest. His 2016 duel with Zach LaVine, where he finished runners-up, is considered among the greatest Slam Dunk Contest head-to-heads of all-time.
Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee)
This is Pat Connaughton's first appearance in the Dunk Contest. If he wins, he would be the first Milwaukee player to do so.
Derrick Jones Jr. (Miami)
This is Jones' second time in the Dunk Contest after he finished second to Glenn Robinson III in 2017.