Atlanta Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins confirmed on SportSouth last week that he will once again participate in the Shooting Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend, according to the Atlanta Hawks organization.
The event is a two-round timed shooting competition, which consists of (4) three-person teams made up of a current NBA player, an NBA legend and a WNBA player. Together, all three team members have to make shots from six different shooting locations on the court, the final shot being from half court.
Wilkins participated in last year’s event as a member of Team Bosh, along with 3-time WNBA champ Swin Cash and team captain Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, and led the squad to a clinching victory over Team Westbrook in the final round by nailing the game-winning half court shot.
Team Westbrook consisted of Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, 2-time WNBA champ Maya Moore and retired 7-time NBA champ Robert “Big Shot Rob” Horry.
In that final round, Team Bosh had some difficulty hitting shots as ‘Nique couldn’t quite find the range from the top of the arc, but he found his stroke and went on to hit the half court bomb to wrap things up for the team in a time of 1:29. That seemed like plenty of time for Team Westbrook, especially after they were cruising and hit the first five shots in about 30 seconds, but then all of a sudden they went ice cold in crunch time and couldn’t buy a basket from half court, failing to complete the course before the 1:29 mark, giving Team Bosh the win.
Team Bosh will be back again this year with the same squad to defend their Shooting Stars Challenge championship.
The other three groups in this year’s event will be Team Curry, Team Durant and Team Hardaway.
Team Curry features the sharpshooting father-son duo of Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, and his dad Dell Curry, who played 16 NBA seasons, along with WNBA star Becky Hammon.
Team Hardaway also features a sharpshooting father-son duo with Tim HardawayJr., of the New York Knicks, and his dad Tim Hardaway Sr., who played 15 NBA seasons, along with 2013 WNBA rookie of the year Elena Delle Donne.
Team Durant consists of team captain Kevin Durant, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA legend Karl Malone and WNBA sweetheart Skylar Diggins.
The Shooting Stars Challenge will be the first event on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. (ET).