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Everybody get up, it’s time to slam now.
Sure, the NBA All-Star Game is a fantastic bout between two dream teams. But as far as basketball is concerned, dunks are king. The NBA Dunk Contest 2019 wastes no time with dribbling, passing, or what athletes can do from half-court. Instead, dunking takes center stage, letting basketball stars show off their aerial talents to the audiences celebrating NBA All-Star Weekend 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
This year, Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges, Atlanta Hawks forward-center John Collins, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo, and New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. will compete for “airtime” and the eternal glory that comes to Slam Dunk Contest winners.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the NBA Dunk Contest 2019.
NBA Dunk Contest 2019 participants
- Miles Bridges/Charlotte Hornets
- John Collins/Atlanta Hawks
- Hamidou Diallo/Oklahoma City Thunder
- Dennis Smith Jr./New York Knicks
What channel is the NBA Slam Dunk Contest on?
The Slam Dunk Contest 2019 will air exclusively on TNT. It is the third event that will take place during the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, following the Taco Bell Skills Challenge (first event) and Three-Point Contest (second event).
What time is the 2019 NBA Dunk Contest?
The Slam Dunk Contest is the final event featured on State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, which will begin Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8pm EST.
How to watch the NBA Slam Dunk Contest online for free
TNT is available on all six of the major live TV streaming services. When you’re trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming. Thankfully, no matter which service you decide to try, you’ll be able to start with a one-week trial, so you can watch the NBA Dunk Contest for free. For a more complete rundown, check out our guide to Sling TV competitors.
- Cost: $44.95 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV not only gives you access to on-demand content, but you’ll also be able to stream live TV, including local networks. You’ll also get on-demand content including countless movies, classic programs, and of course, original series available exclusively on Hulu. You’ll also get access to almost 60 channels, including Bravo, ESPN, USA, and plenty more. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
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2) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV offers two cable packages based on your particular needs (Sling Orange and Sling Blue), both of which cost $25 per month. You’ll find TNT in both packages, but if you need help choosing one, we’d recommend Sling Blue, a sports-heavy package that also includes FS1 and FS2, NBCSN, and NFL Network. That’s in addition to great entertainment options like FX, AMC, and Lifetime. To get ESPN channels, Freeform, and Disney, you’ll want to upgrade to Sling Orange + Blue, which costs $40 per month. (Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.)
- Cost: $39.99 for your first month and $44.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets—check local availability here)
If you’re a sports fanatic, FuboTV is a streaming service built just for you. Plus, it comes with TBS and TNT, so you’ll be able to watch the NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2019. There are tailor-made packages for fans of basketball, international soccer, golf, and even rock climbing. For the rest of the family, there’s a suite of great channels including Food Network, IFC, Bravo, Cartoon Network, and more. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
4) YouTube TV
- Cost: $40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV offers more than 60 popular cable networks, including local channels. Among them are sports channels including ESPN and FS1, entertainment destinations like FXX and TBS, and even a handful of Spanish language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. One YouTube TV subscription lets you add up to six accounts, each with unlimited cloud DVR. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
5) DirecTV Now
- Cost: $40-$75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- DirecTV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check local availability)
DirecTV Now is DirecTV’s answer to online streaming. If you simply must have the most channels, DirecTV Now offers upwards of 125 of them in its most expensive package. Of course, its basic $40-a-month Live a Little plan will get you access to TBS, where you can stream the NBA Dunk Contest 2019 (You can find the full list of DirecTV Now channels here.)
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
While you don’t need a PlayStation console to use Sony’s PlayStation Vue streaming service, it certainly wouldn’t hurt. It looks fantastic on a PS4 and lets you jump from gaming to streaming on one device. One subscription lets you stream on up to five devices, all with unlimited cloud DVR storage. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)
Past NBA Slam Dunk Contest winners
- 1984 – Larry Nance, Phoenix Suns
- 1985 – Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta Hawks
- 1986 – Spud Webb, Atlanta Hawks
- 1987 – Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
- 1988 – Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
- 1989 – Kenny Walker, New York Knicks
- 1990 – Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta Hawks
- 1991 – Dee Brown, Boston Celtics
- 1992 – Cedric Ceballos, Phoenix Suns
- 1993 – Harold Miner, Miami Heat
- 1994 – Isaiah Rider, Minnesota Timberwolves
- 1995 – Harold Miner, Miami Heat
- 1996 – Brent Barry, LA Clippers
- 1997 – Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
- 2000 – Vince Carter, Toronto Raptors
- 2001 – Desmond Mason, Seattle SuperSonics
- 2002 – Jason Richardson, Golden State Warriors
- 2003 – Jason Richardson, Golden State Warriors
- 2004 – Fred Jones, Indiana Pacers
- 2005 – Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks
- 2006 – Nate Robinson, New York Knicks
- 2007 – Gerald Green, Boston Celtics
- 2008 – Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
- 2009 – Nate Robinson, New York Knicks
- 2010 – Nate Robinson, New York Knicks
- 2011 – Blake Griffin, LA Clippers
- 2012 – Jeremy Evans, Utah Jazz
- 2013 – Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors
- 2014 – East (Paul George, Terrence Ross, John Wall)
- 2015 – Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves
- 2016 – Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves
- 2017 – Glenn Robinson III, Indiana Pacers
- 2018 – Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
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