The NBA announced on Tuesday that five Hall of Famers will judge the Slam Dunk Contest during this year's All-Star Saturday Night.
NBA legends Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Walt "Clyde" Frazier, Nate "Tiny" Archibald, Bernard King and Chris Mullin will preside over this year's dunk contest. The competition will be the fourth and final event of All-Star Saturday night, preceded by the Shooting Stars, the Skills Challenge and the Three-Point Contest.
The judges for the 30th Slam Dunk contest have storied careers in the league.
Erving spent five seasons in the ABA, becoming a three-time ABA MVP before being named an NBA All-Star 11 times in 11 years with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Frazier, currently in his 26th year as a Knicks broadcaster, spent 13 years with the Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers. He earned seven All-Star Game appearances and won All-Star MVP honors in 1974. He also led the Knicks to two NBA titles.
Archibald is the only player to lead the league in both points and assists in the same season. He also won an NBA title with the Celtics in 1981, and appeared in the All-Star game six times.
King earned four All-Star appearances during his 14 seasons in the league, while Mullin received the honor five times during his 16-year career.
NBA All-Star Weekend will begin on Friday, with the All-Star Celebrity game, featuring Kevin Hart and coach Spike Lee, tipping off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
After Saturday night's skills competitions, the weekend will conclude with the All-Star Game on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT.
- Christopher Woody