What Time & TV Channel Is the NBA Slam Dunk Contest on Tonight?

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Aaron Gordon is back to put on another show at the 2017 NBA Dunk Contest. (Getty)

Though the 2017 NBA dunk contest will certainly miss Zach LaVine, who has led a resurgence of the annual event the last two years, it still makes for must-watch TV.

With Aaron Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr. headlining this year’s field, you can expect plenty of fireworks and a worthy encore to last year’s unforgettable performances.

Here’s a preview of the always anticipated event:

2017 Slam Dunk Contest Viewing Info

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017

Start Time: Around 10 p.m. ET; The dunk contest is third in the trio of events at All-Star Saturday night (Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, Dunk Contest), which starts at 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel, United States: TNT

TV Channel, Canada: TSN

Live Stream, United States: Sling TV, TNTDrama.com, or TNT Overtime

Live Stream, Canada: TSN.ca


Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic

Derrick Jones Jr., Phoenix Suns

DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers

Glenn Robinson III, Indiana Pacers


Though he might be considered a sleeper because he has played a whopping 20 minutes in the NBA and spent the rest of the year in the D-League, 19-year-old Derrick Jones has turned into a trendy pick to win this thing.

And it’s not too difficult to see why:

Reminiscent of LaVine, “Airplane Mode” is an effortless leaper who doesn’t seem to abide by the same rules of gravity as everyone else (WARNING: NSFW language in the below video):

2017 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Early Entree – Derrick Jones JR – Phoenix SunsYour future Dunk Champion! 6'7" Derrick Jones JR has made the Phoenix Suns 15 Man Roster – Derrick wants to be in the Dunk Contest and we will be there working with him. arizonasports.com/story/875311/suns-release-archie-goodwin/ Do you want to see him in the Contest?!2016-10-26T03:20:20.000Z

If he completes that through-the-legs-twice dunk, we might as well end the contest right there and then.

Nevertheless, it would disrespectful to consider anyone other than Aaron Gordon the favorite. The young Magic superstar, who blends a rare mix of athleticism, power, and creativity, put on an unforgettable show last year that many feel should have won him the title:

Aaron Gordon – 2016 NBA Slam Dunk ContestRound 1 First Dunk (Score: 45): 0:00 Second Dunk (Score: 49): 0:34 Round 2 First Dunk (Score: 50): 2:33 Second Dunk (Score: 50): 4:14 Tie-Breaker First Dunk (Score: 50): 5:31 Second Dunk (Score: 47): 6:322016-02-14T08:04:32.000Z

It would be surprising if this doesn’t come down to Jones vs. Gordon in the final, though Glenn Robinson III has the potential to crash the party:

Glenn Robinson III With the Sweet 360 Slam!Glenn Robinson III steals the ball and throws down a majestic 360 dunk on the fast break! About the NBA: The NBA is the premier professional basketball league in the United States and Canada. The league is truly global, with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages, as well as NBA…2015-07-14T00:36:15.000Z

Finally, there’s DeAndre Jordan. While he boasts big hops and thunderous power, he faces an uphill climb simply because big men don’t feature the same kind of aerial agility as the smaller guys.

Ultimately, if we only get a fraction of the excitement of last year’s event, it’ll be the perfect ending to All-Star Saturday night.

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