NBA All-Star Game 2020 Slam Dunk Contest: Date, Time, How to Watch Online, Participants and Rules Explained

One of the most iconic events in the NBA calendar makes its annual appearance on Saturday, as the Slam Dunk Contest takes center stage at the All-Star Weekend in Chicago, Illinois.

Los Angeles Lakers center and former Slam Dunk champion Dwight Howard makes his return to the event for the first time since 2009, when he made the last of three consecutive appearances.

Howard famously won the contest with his "Superman" dunk in 2008, but it remains to be seen whether he'll don the cape again.

Howard will compete against Orlando Magic power forward Aaron Gordon, Miami Heat small forward Derrick Jones Jr. and Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton.

While the latter makes his first appearance in the Slam Dunk Contest, both Gordon and Jones Jr. have finished second in the event before.

Gordon, who returns to the event for the first time since 2017, finished second to Zach Lavine in 2016, despite securing three consecutive perfect scores of 50.

Jones Jr., meanwhile, finished second in 2017 and will be hoping to gift himself the perfect birthday present as he turns 23 on Saturday.

If history is anything to go by, the location of this year's Slam Dunk Contest could make the event even more thrilling than usual.

The last time Chicago hosted the All-Star Game, in 1988, Michael Jordan had the better of Atlanta Hawks' legend Dominique Wilkins in a Slam Dunk Contest that has gone down in history.

Spurred on by the Bulls fans packed inside the since-demolished Chicago Stadium, Jordan unveiled arguably his most iconic dunk as he leaped from the free -throw line and seemingly walked through the air before dunking.

The win over Wilkins gave MJ his second consecutive Slam Dunk Contest title, to which he added the All-Star Game MVP award a day later.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Saturday.

Slam Dunk contest date and time

The AT&T Slam Dunk contest, to give its official name, gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15.

Like all other events on All-Star Weekend this year, it takes place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Slam Dunk contest coverage

The Slam Dunk contest will be broadcast live on TNT, with a live stream available via TNT's digital platforms and online.

Who are the participants?

Dwight Howard makes his return to the Slam Dunk contest after 11 years. The Los Angeles Lakers center was among the participants between 2007 and 2009, famously winning the title with his "Superman" dunk in 2008.

Whether the Superman costume will make another appearance this year, remains to be seen.

Previous second-place finishers Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic and Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat and first-time participant Pat Connaughton of the Milwaukee Bucks complete the field.

How does the Slam Dunk contest work?

The Slam Dunk Contest unfolds over two rounds. In the first round, each player performs two dunks, with the two highest scorers moving on to the final round where they will perform two more dunks to determine the winner.

Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on January 25 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mitchell Leff/Getty