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Some of the biggest most highly anticipated NBA All-Star 2012 are scheduled for All-Star Saturday Night, which features the Sprite Slam Dunk contest, the Foot Locker Three-Point contest, the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, and the Haier Shooting Stars contest. The fun begins at 8 PM Eastern at Amway Center in Orlando, with TNT broadcasting the action in the United States. The host Orlando Magic are well represented in Saturday's action.
The Haier Shooting Stars contest opens Saturday's action, with four teams set to participate. The teams, which are made up of a current NBA player, a former NBA player, and a current WNBA player, have two minutes to make six shots from numerically designated spots on the floor, which the shots progressing in difficulty and culminating in a halfcourt attempt. Teams must make the shots in numerical order, using the same rotation of players throughout the competition.
The Taco Bell Skills Challenge follows the Shooting Stars contest, with six of the league's top point guards weaving their way through an obstacle course that tests their dribbling, passing, and shooting skills.
The Foot Locker Three-Point contest is Saturday's penultimate event. Six of the league's top shooters will have one minute to attempt five shots each from five racks arranged around the three-point arc.
Finally, the Sprite Slam Dunk contest caps All-Star Saturday Night, and will debut a new format for 2012. Each of the four dunkers will attempt three slams, with fans voting via Twitter to determine the winner. The polls open after each participant has completed one dunk. This egalitarian format eliminates the need for rounds or judging panels.
After the jump, complete rosters for each All-Star Saturday Night event. Please note that Orlando Pinstriped Post will have a separate post to act as a GameThread of sorts for Saturday's events.
Haier Shooting Stars
Team Atlanta (defending champion): Jerry Stackhouse (Atlanta Hawks), Lindsey Harding (Atlanta Dream), Steve Smith (former Hawk); Stackhouse replaces Joe Johnson, who is out with an injury.
Team New York: Landry Fields (New York Knicks), Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), Allan Houston (former Knick)
Team Orlando: Jameer Nelson (Orlando Magic), Marie Ferdinand-Harris (Phoenix Mercury), Dennis Scott (former Magic player)
Team Texas: Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets), Sophia Young (San Antonio Silver Stars), Kenny Smith (former Rocket)
Taco Bell Skills Challenge
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics), John Wall (Washington Wizards), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets). Rondo replaces Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), the defending champion, who is out with an injury.
Foot Locker Three-Point Contest
James Jones (Miami Heat) defends his title against Ryan Anderson (Orlando Magic), Mario Chalmers (Miami Heat), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), and Anthony Morrow (New Jersey Nets). Durant replaces Joe Johnson, who is out with an injury.
Sprite Slam Dunk Contest
Chase Budinger (Houston Rockets), Jeremy Evans (Utah Jazz), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), and Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves). Evans replaces Iman Shumpert (New York Knicks), who is out with an injury. Defending champion Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) elected not to compete this season.