What time does the NBA Dunk Contest start? TV channel, schedule, live streams, format for 2024 All-Star event

This Saturday, the NBA will host a slew of competitions, finishing off with the annual Slam Dunk contest. 

The Slam Dunk contest will cap off Saturday night’s events for the day. It’ll commence after the Skills Challenge, 3-point Contest and the inaugural NBA vs. WNBA 3-point challenge, featuring Steph Curry and Sabrina Ionescu.

Mac McClung (Osceloa Magic, G-League), who played for the Philadelphia 76ers G-League team last season, won last year’s contest. 

He will have the opportunity to defend his title against three other participants this year. The last player to repeat as the league’s Slam Dunk champion was Zach LaVine in 2015-16. 

The winner of the event will walk away with $100,000, according to the league’s new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The runner up will earn $50,000 and third place will win $20,000. 

Who will walk away with the six-figure prize this season?

Here is everything you need to know about the NBA Dunk Contest, including schedule, television and streaming options. 

NBA Dunk Contest start time

  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 17
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET 

The NBA Slam Dunk contest is the final event on Saturday night, behind the skills challenge, the 3-point contest and the inaugural NBA vs. WNBA 3-point challenge featuring Steph Curry and Sabrina Ionescu.

The events will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

How to watch the NBA Dunk Contest: TV channel and live streams

  • TV channel: TNT
  • Live streaming: Sling

The 2024 Slam Dunk Contest will air nationally on TNT. To stream the event, fans can watch the event on Sling

Sling is the home for the avid sports fans offering a range of sports channels so you can always cheer for your favorite teams with channels like ESPN, TBS, TNT, NFL Network, FS1 and more.

NBA Dunk Contest participants, format

There are the four contestants for this year’s Slam Dunk Contest: Mac McClung (Osceloa Magic, G-League), Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), Jacob Toppin (New York Knicks) and Jaime Jaquez (Miami Heat). 

McClung is the reigning NBA Dunk Contest champion. The rest are rookies in the Slam Dunk Contest. 

How does it work?

Each player will perform two dunks in the First Round. The two players with the highest composite score from the judges will advance to the Final Round. In the Final Round, those two players will execute two more dunks. The player with the highest total score will be crowned the Dunk Champion. 

A panel of five judges will grade each dunk on a scale of 40 to 50. The average score of the five judges’ scores will count as the individual dunk score for the contestant. 

NBA All-Star schedule 2024

Friday, Feb. 16

  • 7 p.m. ET — NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
  • 9 p.m. ET — NBA Rising Stars Game

Saturday, Feb. 18

  • 2 p.m. ET — HBCU Classic 
  • 8 p.m. ET — All-Star Saturday Night
    • Skills Challenge
    • 3-Point Contest
    • NBA Dunk Contest

Sunday, Feb. 19

  • 11:30 a.m. ET — NBA Legends Awards
  • 1:30 p.m. ET — G League Up Next Game
  • 8 p.m. ET — NBA All-Star Game

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